Multi-factor authentication coming to ELMs, UMEG and more

Beginning December 4, 2017, multi-factor authentication will be required for all faculty members and campus leaders in order to authenticate using our Central Authentication Service (CAS). Please enroll before that date. If you do not enroll by December 4, you will not be able to log into systems that use CAS authentication. Major university systems that use CAS include ELMS, UMEG, G Suite, CourseEvalUM, Box, and Testudo.

You can enroll yourself in multi-factor authentication and learn more about the process by visiting https://it.umd.edu/mfa.

Why are we requiring this?

Strong passwords are an important part of keeping your accounts secure, but they are not enough. Phishing attacks and data breaches put your passwords at risk, so an additional layer of security is needed. With multi-factor authentication, anyone trying to access your account must provide two methods of identification:

– Something you know, like your password
– Something you have, like your mobile device with the Duo app or a passcode

Both a high-profile email break-in during last year’s presidential election and several attempts by UMD students to change grades last spring have shown that we must all adopt two-factor identification now.

If you need help enrolling a device or enabling multi-factor authentication, contact the IT Service Desk at 301.405.1500 or itsc@umd.edu.

Thank you for helping to secure university data and accounts,

Jeff Hollingsworth
Interim Chief Information Officer
University of Maryland

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