Why Is Multi-Factor Authentication Important?
MFA prevents devastating & costly breaches
Recent breaches resulting from compromised credentials include government agencies like the Federal Office of Personnel Management and higher education institutions like the University of Maryland, where a cleanup effort cost over $6.2M in credit monitoring alone. University of Central Florida also suffered a loss of 60,000 identities.
MFA reduces UW-Madison’s risk exposure
MFA increases credential security across IT systems that use a username and password, including NetID. MFA will prevent us from having the same risk exposure as companies that were breached. Additionally, UW System Administrative Policies 1030 and 1031 mandate that we implement a multi-factor authentication system.
Multi-factor authentication began to rollout Q2 2018
A phased rollout is planned based on user groups’ security need.
Q2 2017 — RFP Complete
Q4 2017 — Project funded
Q1 2018 — Project kickoff
Q2 2018 — Rollout began
Starting with DoIT
Q3 2018 — Rollout begins
Campus faculty, staff, students
Q1 2019 — Rollout complete
Campus faculty, staff
Q4 2019 — Rollout complete