MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION (MFA)

Cayuga’s Information Technology department is pleased and excited to offer multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your college accounts.

You may have already used multi-factor authentication, sometimes referred to as two-factor or two-step authentication, when accessing other online services such as banks, social media, and shopping sites.

By offering MFA for your Cayuga account, an extra layer of security is added to your account sign-in for accessing Microsoft 365, including Outlook email, OneDrive and other Microsoft products offered under the college licensing.

ENROLL NOW in MFA

Enrollment in Multi-Factor Authentication is required for all students.

See “Setup Microsoft Authenticator App Authentication” below for instructions.

After you register, you will be able to add a safe and secure two-step verification method for your Cayuga credentials from a range of authentication options (such as phone call, text message, or mobile app notification) to access your applications.

WHAT IS MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION?

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a layered approach to securing data and applications where a system requires a user to present a combination of two or more credentials to verify a user’s identity for login.

MFA increases security because even if one credential becomes compromised, unauthorized users will be unable to meet the second authentication requirement and will not be able to access the targeted account.

WHY IS MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION?

Usernames and passwords are often too easy to discover by those with malicious intent. Enabling multi-factor authentication blocks 99.9% of unauthorized login attempts.

Activating MFA to your Cayuga account provides an additional layer of protection to your email and OneDrive files, even if a password is compromised.

WHEN WILL MULTI-FACTOR BE REQUIRED?

On May 25, 2022, enrollment in Multi-Factor Authentication will be required for all students. We encourage the college community to enroll and set up their authentication methods as soon as possible.

HOW TO ACTIVATE MULTI-FACTOR

You can select from several authentication options:

  • Responding to a phone call
  • Receive a code via text message
  • Or respond to a notification in the Microsoft Authenticator app

You can check your current account settings or register for MFA here:

https://aka.ms/setupsecurityinfo

After you register, you will be able to add a safe and secure two-step verification method for your Cayuga credentials from a range of authentication options (such as phone call, text message, or mobile app notification) to access your applications.

You will also be able to reset your password from Office 365 portal.

Watch this training video in a new window.

SETUP MICROSOFT AUTHENTICATOR APP AUTHENTICATION

Cayuga suggest using the Microsoft Authenticator app to receive notifications on your smartphone or tablet to verify your identity when prompted for Multi-Factor Authentication.

Step 1. Download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app

Visit the Apple app store or Google play store on your device and install the Microsoft Authenticator app. Alternatively, visit aka.ms/authapp and download the Microsoft Authenticator app.

Step 2. Add your account to the app

  1. On your desktop or laptop computer, visit https://aka.ms/mysecurityinfo
  2. Select Add Method > Authenticator app
  3. Follow the wizard experience to set up the app

Scan the QR Code in the app and test the push notification flow as part of this experience. See this guidance for more information.

Step 3. Change default sign-in settings to the Authenticator app

To ensure that you are prompted to sign-in using push notifications:

  1. Visit https://aka.ms/mysecurityinfo
  2. Select Default sign-in method > Change > Authenticator – notification option.

Congratulations! You are now set up with the Microsoft Authenticator app and can receive push notifications for Multi-Factor Authentication verification.

BACK UP AND RECOVER ACCOUNT CREDENTIALS IN THE AUTHENTICATOR APP

The Microsoft Authenticator app backs up your account credentials and related app settings, such as the order of your accounts, to the cloud. You can then use the app to recover your information on a new device, potentially avoiding getting locked out or having to recreate accounts.

Read how to back up and recover your account credentials.