The reasoning behind the UNCG Information Technology Services (ITS) Microsoft Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Implementation project is two-fold:
- With our commitment to our Cloud First and Mobility strategies comes the responsibility to keep University data as secure as possible, no matter how or where it is accessed.
- The UNC System Office and the UNC Board of Governors passed a System-wide User Identity and Access Control Policy that mandates all UNC schools to implement multi-factor authentication (MFA).
Much like the tools that many of our banks and personal online accounts use to verify our identities, Azure MFA is a security system that uses an additional form of identification to allow users to access specific applications. It requires an additional step using a physical device to authenticate your identification after you log in with your UNCG username and password. This verification prevents anyone from accessing your account, even if they know your password.
ITS has robust network security. Our campus network firewall continuously blocks approximately 50 new cyber attacks per second. In just one month in 2020, our firewall prevented more than 3 million attack attempts. However, these security measures alone are not sufficient to protect our students, faculty, and staff from sophisticated hackers. In 2020, 81% of data breaches reported worldwide were due to compromised credentials. When a second level of authentication (such as a phone call or text) is used, the likelihood of compromised credentials drops to less than 0.1%.
Early adopters invited
Duo users migration
Shibboleth and MyCloud migration
All remaining employees migration
Retiree accounts migration
Sophomore class migration
Junior class migration
Senior class migration
Graduate class migration
Freshman class migration
All remaining accounts migration