Duo upgrade to strengthen two-factor authentication

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Duo upgrade to strengthen two-factor authentication

Information Technology Services is asking that all students, faculty and staff take a few simple steps to shield themselves and university systems from potential cyberattacks.

To improve the University of Nebraska’s digital defenses, the Duo two-factor service is being upgraded to include risk-based authentication.

In the coming weeks, Information Technology Services will automatically enroll employees and students in Duo Risk-based Authentication. Additional details, including a complete timeline for when the changes take effect, will be provided via an email from two-factor-security@nebraska.edu.

Below is a short Q&A to help better inform you about Duo Risk-based Authentication.

What is Risk-Based Authentication?

Risk-Based Authentication is like a digital bodyguard for your accounts. It evaluates the risk of each login attempt to determine how secure it is. If everything looks good and safe, you’ll log in as usual. But if there’s a hint of risk, the system may ask for an extra verification code on your Duo mobile device.

When does it come into play?

You do not have to worry about it every time you log in. Risk-Based Authentication mainly occurs when something seems unusual, like logging in from a new device or a different location. It is like a security alarm that goes off when there is a potential intruder.

How do I to use Risk-Based Authentication?

When the system asks for an extra verification code, it will be sent to your Duo mobile application. You’ll enter this code to prove that it is really you authenticating. It might sound a bit like extra work, but it is all about keeping your accounts safe.

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