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Multi-factor Authentication to be added to Canvas, Zoom, and Panopto on June 15

Posted Date: 14 Apr 2022

Modified Date: 16 Jun 2022

Effective Date: 14 Apr 2022

Northwestern IT is enabling Duo Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) for all University Canvas, Zoom, and Panopto accounts on Wednesday, June 15. This critical security update adds an extra layer of identity verification and is an essential step that further protects individuals and the University. 

Why This Change is Needed

Northwestern IT and technology partners across the University are working to implement MFA for all services utilized by the campus community, prioritizing systems that contain protected information. Canvas, Zoom, and Panopto are central gateways to connect across and beyond the Northwestern community and critical tools for teaching, learning, and conducting University business. These platforms also provide access to sensitive data from multiple sources, and it is crucial to apply this additional layer of security to safeguard these applications.

What You Need to Know

Review the Updated Sign-In Process

*Note: If you are a member of OLLI, an affiliate, or a guest of Northwestern and have a NetID, but do not have an @u. or email address, please use [your NetID] for this step, i.e.,, and then continue with the steps as listed below.

Microsoft Loging

Online Passport
Duo Authentication
Save Password 

Ensure You Are Prepared for the Change

For general questions about Duo MFA, please visit the Northwestern IT Knowledge BaseYou can also view frequently asked questions on Duo MFA.

You may contact the Northwestern IT Service Desk at or 847-491-4357 (1-HELP) to request support.

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