The number and diversity of computer security incidents occurring within the U.T. System and in organizations throughout the world illustrates that the combination of a user ID and password is no longer sufficient for protecting University data. Cyber criminals have devised sophisticated schemes for stealing people's login credentials and using them to commit crimes. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a best practice recognized as being effective for helping prevent these types of incidents.
What is 2FA?
2FA is a method of assuring a person is who he or she claims to be by requiring that the person provide any two of the following when attempting to access resources or conduct transactions:
- something the individual knows (e.g., a password)
- something the individual has on his or her person (e.g., mobile phone, ATM card, token, or other device); or
- a characteristic that is unique to the person (e.g., fingerprint, handprint, retina, etc.)
Am I a Target for Cyber Criminals?
All University employees are potential targets. Everyone has information that is valuable to cyber criminals. In addition, many University employees have access to and come into contact with confidential personal, student, or patient infomration as well as valuable information related to research and scientific discoveries. Cyber criminals may also use employee credentials when performing other illegal activities because it makes it more difficult to detect unauthorized activities.
How Will 2FA Impact University Account Holders?
To find out how 2FA will impact your campus, contact your organization's IT help desk.
UT System Administration employees should login to SharePoint for more information regarding the impact of 2FA.