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Two-factor authentication coming to Lehigh

Two-factor authentication with Duo

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of security breaches and hacks that have resulted in the exposure or loss of data at all types of businesses and institutions. Higher education is no exception. Just this month, hackers breached the system that houses applicant data for Grinnell, Hamilton, and Oberlin Colleges and demanded ransom from prospective students for personal information they claimed to have stolen. As cybercrime gets more sophisticated, passwords alone are insufficient to protect you.

Recognizing the need to increase the cybersecurity and safety of our campus community, Library and Technology Services (LTS) will be implementing a new layer of log-in security to lower the risk of unauthorized access to Lehigh’s institutional data. The service is immediately available to all faculty and staff and will be required by September 2019.

More than a password

Lehigh has partnered with Duo Security to enable two-factor authentication on your Lehigh computing account. Two-factor authentication protects your account by verifying your identity at logon using two factors: something you know (your password), plus something you physically have (a mobile phone, for example). This dramatically reduces the risk of someone else gaining control of your account, even if your password is compromised.

What’s changing?

After you enroll in the Duo Security service, you will be prompted to enter your password, plus your Duo second factor, when you log into certain Lehigh sites or services.

Can I sign up now to increase the security of my account?

Yes! If you’d like to jump right in, see the Lehigh Two-factor Authentication Guide at go.lehigh.edu/2fa.

The enrollment process is easy, but if you’d like in-person assistance, join us on one of the following dates:

    Friday, March 29, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., EWFM Computing Center, RM 292
    Tuesday, April 16, 11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m., EWFM Computing Center, RM 299

If you have any questions about two-factor authentication, please contact the LTS Help Desk (610-758-4357 or helpdesk@lehigh.edu) or your Computing Consultant.

Sincerely,

Bruce M. Taggart, Ph.D.
Vice Provost, Library and Technology Services

Eric Zematis
Chief Information Security Officer