Overview

Two-Factor Authentication is something you know such as your password and something you have such as your phone.

What is Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)?

Two-factor authentication enhances security by adding a second layer of authentication to your login. This method is stronger than a password alone because there are two factors confirming you are who you say you are: something you know such as your password and something you have like a cell phone or tablet.  This ensures that even if a hacker manages to obtain a user's login credentials, the information is useless without access to the user's secondary device.

What is Duo?

Duo Security is a cloud-based security company providing two-factor authentication services.  Duo two-factor authentication is widely used by universities such as Virginia Tech, NC State, George Washington, George Mason, Cornell, Stanford, Purdue and MIT to name a few.  The easiest form of authentication is using the "DUO" app.    

How does it work?

Once you enable two-factor authentication on your Radford University account, you will be asked to identify yourself with a device after you enter your usual username and password.  The device may be a smartphone or tablet using the Duo app, or a text message to a phone, or an automated voice call to landline or cell phones.

Why is Radford University implementing Duo 2FA?

The number of phishing emails and malware attacks has increased dramatically in recent months.  Universities have become a prime target for hackers because of the large amount of research and personal data they possess.  There are many recent examples of major data breaches at universities involving identify theft and financial fraud.  Two-Factor authentication can stop most email breaches and help keep attackers from accessing other documents, payroll, personal information, or research data.

What is the timeline for this project?

This phased rollout will start with Division of IT Staff in the fall of 2017 and eventually include all faculty, staff and students by the end of 2018.