Promoting cyber security through GetMFA
This year, McMaster introduced multi-factor authentication (MFA) for the Microsoft environment. MFA has quickly become an industry standard — you may be familiar with it from other IT experiences like online banking — as it adds an extra layer of protection to your account.
To mark this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, McMaster’s Information Security Services team launched the GetMFA campaign to get the McMaster community signed up to MFA and improve our collective online security. It’s also a chance to win great prizes!
What is MFA? It’s an easy-to-use tool that helps prevent hackers from accessing your account — even if they have your password. Traditionally, to log into your account, you only need a username and password to prove who you are. With MFA, an additional step is provided before you can gain access, such as an SMS text message with a code or a push notification for your smart phone.
MFA is a free, easy and secure service available to all McMaster staff, students and faculty members. McMaster recommends MFA via the Microsoft Authenticator App on your smartphone.
To get started, visit the McMaster 365 Hub to learn more about MFA and complete the sign-up using your MacID and password. Note: this service does not replace the Mosaic multi-factor authentication powered by Duo.
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