February 4, 2019, by Chris Finch
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) – coming soon
As part of the overarching Security Remediation project, led by the University’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), we will soon be introducing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).
MFA is used to mitigate against password guessing and theft, including brute force attacks. MFA can also be called 2-step verification or 2-factor authentication (2FA). It requires users to approve access requests via the Microsoft Authenticator app.
This year IS will be introducing MFA to a number of remote working services:
- VPN (Virtual Private Network)
- Remote Desktop
- Citrix (Virtual Desktop)
The first service to require Multi-Factor Authentication will be Virtual Private Network. The current VPN service is being replaced this month by a new VPN and current users will be contacted on how to migrate to the new service. Following the introduction of MFA, we will integrate with Remote Desktop and Citrix later in the year.
We will post further updates on the Digital Network blog throughout the year.