With every passing day, threats to NMSU systems and data grow, both in number and sophistication. One answer to these threats is NMSU’s implementation of Two-Factor Authentication, or 2FA, to safeguard access. 2FA is a data security method that requires the user to provide two verification factors – something you know and something you possess – to gain access to a system, electronic account, or other secure technology.
Where do I sign up for 2FA?
Doesn’t a passphrase provide all of the security NMSU needs?
In a word, no. Currently, access to sensitive data and systems at NMSU depends on a single verification factor, the NMSU passphrase, to verify that the person requesting access is allowed access. If a hacker has stolen the passphrase, then data and systems are at risk. The addition of another factor greatly increases the security of NMSU data and systems because in order to access those systems and data, two authentication factors are required instead of just one.
How will 2FA work at NMSU?
As stated above, you already know the first factor. It’s your passphrase. The second factor is something you have outside of your passphrase. At NMSU, it is a verification that NMSU will send to your phone or other devices anytime someone tries to access your NMSU systems, accounts, or data. A hacker may steal your passphrase. He will not have your phone to which the verification will be sent.
I want 2FA! When will 2FA be available?
2FA will be available on December 15, 2020 through April 13th, 2021 as part of the early optional opt-in period for those who want to have 2FA protection. NMSU email and all other Office 365 applications’ access, including Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive will be protected at that time. Canvas 2FA rollout will occur over the upcoming Winter Holiday Break. On April 13th, 2021, NMSU will fully implement 2FA – On this date, everyone who wants to access these NMSU systems will be required to sign up.
You only need to sign up once for 2FA protection, so sign up early!
Where do I get help or additional information?
The NMSU helpdesk is available to answer questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-646-1840.