What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-Factor Authentication


Two-Factor Authentication
In response to ever increasing information security threats, on July 24, 2017 ITS enabled two-factor authentication for logging into certain systems, such as Banner.  Two-factor authentication adds another layer of security when logging in to MSU systems.  The first factor required to login is something you know, i.e. your NetID/NetPassword.  The second factor is something you have, typically your smartphone or tablet.  Therefore, even if a hacker is able to get your NetID/NetPassword, he should not be able to login to your account because he does not have your second factor. 

How does two-factor authentication work?
MSU uses a two-factor authentication product called Duo.  When you enroll in 2FA, you will download and install the free Duo mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.  During the enrollment process, you will register your smartphone or tablet as your second factor device, which associates it with your NetID/NetPassword.  Once you have enrolled in 2FA, when you login to an MSU system such as Banner, you will enter your NetID and NetPassword as always, and then you will provide your second factor, typically by tapping a “confirm” or “approve” button on the Duo app of your registered mobile device.

Please see our related articles for how to enroll and how to generate a passcode.

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