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Making IT more secure

Posted on 4 December 2019

We're investigating two-factor authentication, an added layer of security which will help us keep your information and our network more secure.

Phishing - the practice of maliciously stealing passwords and other personal information - continues to be a problem at the University and elsewhere.

To protect your information and our network, we are investigating the impact of introducing a new layer of security known as two-factor authentication (2FA).

Most of you will already be familiar with 2FA (also known as multi-factor authentication) and may have used it to access online banking or your Google account. It means that you need more than a password to log into a system:

  • First factor: entering your password - proof that you know the right credentials
  • Second factor: using a mobile app, a dongle or a mini keypad - proof that you possess something

This ensures that even if someone has your password, they still won't have enough information to access your account.

To learn more we will be piloting a system called Duo two-factor authentication within the IT Services and Biology departments. From Tuesday 28 January all staff and students within these departments will require Duo 2FA in order to access our VPN service. The teams involved with the pilot will receive further information soon about the changes.

We will also be soliciting feedback and listening to concerns from all our user base during this period. 

If you have any questions about these new measures, please contact us.