Effective Monday, October 2, 2017, DUO two-factor authentication will be required for all UA students. DUO adds a second layer of security to a user’s myBama account because it requires two factors to verify identity. These factors include something you know – your username and password, and something you have – a smartphone app or passcode, to authenticate and gain access to an account.
“Passwords alone no longer provide adequate protection for our sensitive data,” said Ashley Ewing, UA’s Chief Information Security Officer.
“Malicious actors are compromising large numbers of user IDs and passwords from systems in hopes that the same ID and password is used on other systems.”
By requiring DUO, OIT can better secure individual myBama user accounts, as well as the entire UA network. Additionally, over 100 major universities utilize DUO.
“College students are attacked constantly,” said Ewing. “We’ve seen over 8,400 compromised accounts in the last three years. Students should be concerned about the protection of their sensitive data.”
Students can activate their DUO account today by visiting duo.ua.edu. When a user activates DUO, it will be applied to all DUO-enabled systems. Meaning DUO will be activated not only for myBama access, but also Crimson email.
To get started, visit www.duo.ua.edu. Students can then follow the screen prompts and download the DUO Mobile App on your smartphone to setup your DUO account. For more information, and a complete tutorial, please visit www.oit.ua.edu/duo. Please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.