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Multi-factor Authentication for NUPlans – April 14

Posted Date: 30 Mar 2016

Effective Date: 30 Mar 2016

In partnership with the Office of Budget and Planning, Northwestern Information Technology (IT) will enable Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) on NUPlans to enhance information security, at 7:00 p.m. on April 14, 2016.

Multi-factor Authentication, powered by Duo, provides an extra layer of protection by reducing the risk that sensitive information could be compromised should someone learn your NetID password. This security technology has fast become an industry standard for anywhere you access secure information online, such as your bank account, research, or medical records.

NUPlans users have received a general announcement regarding the new login process. In April, additional communications will provide detailed instructions, including videos for how to register a phone with Multi-factor Authentication. Open Labs will also be offered on both campuses next month for in-person MFA registration and general use assistance.

This is the first phase of a larger effort to add Multi-factor Authentication to several Northwestern administrative systems planned for summer quarter 2016.

End User Impact

For NUPlans Users:

Before end of day April 14: You will need to register a phone (mobile, office, or home) to be used to confirm your identity as part of the login process. If you currently have one or more phones registered with Multi-factor Authentication for FASIS Self-Service, you do not need to re-register.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on April 14: When using your NetID and NetID password to log in to NUPlans, or any other system using Multi-factor Authentication, you will be prompted to confirm your identity through your registered phone via phone call, text message, or push notification to the Duo App. Once confirmed, you will be able to access the system.

Similar to many industry adoptions of Multi-factor authentication, you have the option to check a “remember me” box, which will bypass the need to use Multi-factor Authentication for subsequent logins for a period of 30 days. However, you will still need to use your NetID and NetID password for each login.

For more information, visit the Multi-factor Authentication at Northwestern web page.
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