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Multifactor authentication

Multifactor Authentication to be Required Beginning March 5

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 14:46

 

The University began offering multifactor authentication to combat the increasing threats from phishing scams, malicious software, and compromised passwords several months ago. Since that time, phishing scams and other threats have continued to escalate in frequency and severity. These threats pose an immediate risk to your privacy and the security of University data.  

In response, on March 5 the University will require faculty and staff to use multifactor authentication for all services that leverage the University’s single sign-on service, Pitt Passport. Multifactor authentication will also be required for those using the Secure Remote Access service to connect to University resources.

Multifactor authentication is an additional layer of security designed to prevent unauthorized access to your information and University data, including confidential retirement account details, pay statements, or direct deposit information.  

You can begin using multifactor authentication today by completing the steps at http://technology.pitt.edu/multifactor Please note:  If you do not register a device for multifactor authentication in advance, you will be required to complete the registration process in order to access any service through Pitt Passport beginning March 5.

To learn more, visit our Multifactor Authentication Web page.

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Need Multifactor Authentication Help? We Are Coming to You!

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 11:54

 

Multifactor authentication is an additional layer of security designed to prevent unauthorized access to your information and University data, including confidential retirement account details, pay statements, or direct deposit information. It will be required for faculty and staff beginning March 5. 

Our support specialists will be visiting departments in buildings all across the Pittsburgh campus to help you register your device for multifactor authentication, use it to log in to University services, or answer any questions you might have. Check the schedule below for a location near you. 

  • Monday, 2/27
    • Morning: Music Building, Falk School
    • Afternoon: Salk Hall, William Pitt Union
  • Tuesday, 2/28
    • Morning: David Lawrence Hall, Crawford Hall, Langley Hall, Clapp Hall, Crabtree Hall, Parran Hall
    • Afternoon: Information Sciences Building, Crawford Hall, Langley Hall, Clapp Hall, Crabtree Hall, Parran Hall
  • Wednesday, 3/1
    • Morning: Oxford Building, Chevron Science Center, Benedum Hall & Engineering Auditorium
    • Afternoon: Loeffler Building, Chevron Science Center, Benedum Hall & Engineering Auditorium
  • Thursday, 3/2
    • Morning: Posvar Hall, Sennott Square, Forbes Pavilion
    • Afternoon: Posvar Hall, Sennott Square, Forbes Pavilion
  • Friday, 3/3
    • Morning: Frick Fine Arts Building, Scaife Hall, Victoria Hall
    • Afternoon: Barco Law Building, Scaife Hall, Victoria Hall

If you miss a support specialist in your area, don’t worry. You can contact the Technology Help Desk any time at 412-624-HELP [4357]. We can help over the phone or via live chat, and we can send support to your location as needed.

More information about multifactor authentication, including step-by-step instructions, is available online.

Reminder: Multifactor also required for Secure Remote Access

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 08:28

 

Multifactor authentication will be added to all faculty and staff services that leverage Pitt Passport on March 5. As a reminder, multifactor authentication will also be required on March 5 for those using the Secure Remote Access service to connect to University resources.

Multifactor authentication will be enabled for all Secure Remote Access service users, including students, faculty, staff, and vendors. It will also be required for the recommended Pulse client, the IPSec client, and the legacy Network Connect client on the sremote.pitt.edu Web site.

Detailed instructions for using multifactor authentication with the Secure Remote Access service are available on our Web site under the heading “Multifactor and Secure Remote Access”. 

Students: Multifactor Authentication Protects Your Privacy. Please Register by May 14

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 17:51

 

Multifactor authentication provides a powerful defense against increasing threats from phishing scams, malicious software, and compromised passwords. These threats pose an immediate risk to your privacy and the security of University data.   

To help protect you and safeguard your privacy, on May 14 the University will add multifactor authentication to all student services that leverage the University’s single sign-on service, Pitt Passport. Registration is required.  If you don’t register before May 14, you will be taken to the registration page before you can access University services on that day.  

In addition, the protection of multifactor authentication will also be required for student employees, resource accounts, guest wireless accounts, OSHER accounts, emeritus faculty, and visiting faculty. Alumni, applicants, and retired staff will not be required to use multifactor authentication at this time.

Don’t wait until May 14 to take advantage of the added protection multifactor authentication provides. You can start using it today in three quick steps:

  1. Register a device (for example, a smartphone or tablet).
    Log in to accounts.pitt.edu, click "Add/Manage Pitt Passport Devices", and complete the steps.
  2. Enable multifactor authentication.
    Log in to accounts.pitt.edu, click "Secure Pitt Passport Services", enable multifactor for all services, and click "Save".  
  3. Log in using the device that you registered.    

Step-by-step instructions are available at http://technology.pitt.edu/multifactor.

If you need help registering or have questions, we’re here for you. You can call the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357], start an online chat, or stop by one of our Quick Registration tables where one of our support specialists will help get you up and running.

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Need Multifactor Authentication Help? We Are Here for You!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 09:43

 

Multifactor authentication provides a powerful defense against increasing threats from phishing scams, malicious software, and compromised passwords. These threats pose an immediate risk to your privacy and the security of University data.

To help protect you and safeguard your privacy, on May 14 the University will add multifactor authentication to all services that leverage the University’s single sign-on service, Pitt Passport. Registration is required. If you don’t register before May 14, you will be taken to the registration page before you can access University services on that day. 

Support specialists are available on the Pittsburgh campus to help you register your device for multifactor authentication, use it to log in to University services, or answer any questions you might have. Check the schedule below for a location near you.

  • April 4: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Towers Lobby
  • April 5: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hillman Library
  • April 12: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hillman Library
  • April 18: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Towers Lobby
  • April 19: 2:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hillman Library  
  • April 20: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Hillman Library  
  • April 23: noon – 4:00 p.m., Hillman Library  
  • April 24: 1:30 – 6:00 p.m., Hillman Library  
  • April 25: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Hillman Library
  • April 26: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Hillman Library

If you miss one of our Quick Registration sessions, don’t worry. You can call the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] or start an online chat at any time.

More information about multifactor authentication, including step-by-step instructions, is available at http://technology.pitt.edu/multifactor.

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