University of Wisconsin–Madison
Multi-factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication Project

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.

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Duo selected

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Implementation begins

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Starting with DoIT

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Campus faculty, staff

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Campus faculty, staff

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For questions, please contact the DoIT Help Desk