In this day and age cyber criminals are becoming smarter, so it’s important for us to adapt how we protect our resources and data. One way we can do this is through Multi-Factor Authentication, otherwise known as MFA. It’s a quick and easy way to confirm your identity when logging into services from Microsoft 365 such as email (Outlook), Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneDrive, and is quite common wherever you log in these days.
Staff at UC already use it, and from Tuesday 17 May, all students will be required to use MFA to log in to their UC Microsoft 365 accounts.
So, what does it do?
It uses a second method of authentication alongside your password to ensure you are who you say you are when logging into your account. This ‘double check’ confirms just that through an authenticator app, text message or phone call.
Why use MFA?
This precaution is hugely valuable in protecting UC’s online resources and data against ongoing attempts by hackers. The use of MFA will add another layer of security to help protect your assignments by making it more difficult for hackers to gain access to your emails and files.
It only takes a few minutes to set up MFA, and you can get ahead of the implementation date by getting yourself set up now. Find everything you need to know here.
Feel free to contact the IT Service Desk here, if you have any questions.