Multi-Factor Authentication Coming to Scripps

Posted: January 17, 2019

Multi-Factor Authentication Coming to Scripps

Join Scripps IT for a workshop introducing Multi-Factor Authentication and Enrollment.

HOW & WHY MFA WORKS: Multi-factor authentication begins with the notion that you can and should provide multiple factors for authentication, not just a single static means. MFA goes beyond passwords by requiring users to authenticate via two or more different authentication factors This provides flexibility and a better user experience, not to mention a stronger security stance.

Recent attacks have proven that additional work needs to be done to secure our network data environments due to the dramatic rise in the scope and sophistication of phishing, spear phishing and malware attacks targeting Scripps Collegefaculty, staff and students, Information Technology is deploying Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to safe guard our data and your computer accounts.

How Does it Work?

2-Factor Authentication (MFA) combines two or more independent credentials in order to gain access to a system. These credentials include something the user knows (e.g., password), something the user has access to, such as a token device, office IP Phone, and/or your personal smart phone. The goal of MFA is to create a multilayered approach that makes it difficult for any unauthorized person to gain access to a system. If one factor is compromised, such as a password, the attacker will still need the otherfactor—for example, a token—in order to gain access to the system. Much like in order to access your bank account you must first have your ATM card and your private access code to proceed.Scripps College and some of the others colleges in the consortium has partnered with DUO to provide MFA capabilities to add another layer of protection to our network security.