The college is partnering with Duo Security to implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to further strengthen college software and hardware systems. MFA is an additional layer of security on top of user IDs and passwords, Single Sign-On (SSO), or VPN.
Duo has already been rolled out successfully to staff and faculty, and next up is the student rollout. As part of this process, students will need to download the Duo Security app. When you enter your username and password into any of the college systems, Duo will send a message to your smart device prompting a response to gain access. There are no associated data charges.
What does this mean to you?
When logging into college systems such as Canvas, my.colum.edu, file shares and Engage Columbia, which are accessed through O365, VPN, or Single Sign-On, Duo will provide an additional layer of security.
Students will begin utilizing Duo at the end of the Spring 2021 semester. IT will be providing the opportunity to enroll before the end of the semester on a volunteer basis and IT will be available to help.
There are two steps each and every person utilizing the college’s network will need to complete:
Download the Duo Mobile Security App to your smart device such as iPhone, Android, or tablets.
When you log in to a college system, respond to the Duo pop-up and follow step-by-step instructions. Here's a how-to video for additional assistance:
3. You will receive another email in April as a reminder.
You will be notified if anyone is attempting to access a system or your machine using your user ID and password credentials. If that person is not you, you can deny access from your smart device. This preserves the college’s security around sensitive data and systems.
The college will be able to quickly assess any instances of access that are denied, which helps keep our systems safe.
Everyone who utilizes our systems plays a role in keeping our community safe from outside, unauthorized access.
The rollout will formally begin after the spring semester and you will be required to enroll in Duo beginning Monday, May 17 to access the college’s systems. However, you may elect to join any time beginning in April. You will see an Opt-In Early Option on the MyColumbia portal at my.colum.edu.