Duo Two-Factor Authentication Live Thursday April 21.

Duo Two-Factor Authentication Live Thursday April 21.

At 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 21, 2016, OIT will implement two-factor authentication for all SMU employees to certain online services, starting with my.SMU. This rollout includes student workers. The two-factor authentication utilizes a solution from Duo Security called Duo Mobile.

What is Duo and what does it mean to me?

Duo two-factor authentication (2FA) adds a second layer of security to online services. Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your phone or another mobile device) helps prevent anyone but you from using your SMU account to log in to a protected service, even if they know your password. In other words, Duo provides assurance that only you can access protected information.

Duo and my.SMU

The first system to be protected with Duo two-factor authentication is the Payroll, time reporting, HR & Benefits areas of my.SMU. This will provide protection for your direct deposit accounts, bank routing information, tax statements, and other sensitive employee data. Your access to Web Clock will also be protected.

What do I need to do?

  1. Download the Duo Mobile app from your smartphone’s app store. Duo Mobile works with Apple iOS, Google Android, BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile 8.1 and 10, and J2ME/Symbian.
    Don’t have smartphone, don’t worry. You can also use a landline, tablet, or an SMS.
  2. On April 21, use your desktop or laptop computer to log in to my.SMU and access secure information, such as your past paychecks or W2.
  3. Follow the on-screen DUO enrollment instructions. We suggest having your smartphone available to scan a QR code with the Duo Mobile app.
  4. Add a second device, such as your office phone, to Duo.

Step by step instructions can be found at blog.smu.edu/itconnect/2016/03/29/duo-two-factor-authentication-2fa-setup/

To find out more about Duo two-factor authentication, including FAQs about Duo and video tutorials, please visit the Duo service page at smu.edu/duo.

If you have any problems or concerns, please contact
the IT Help Desk at 214-768-HELP (4357).

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and, for much of his career at the University, had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at ianaberle.com.