Duo: A Success Story

DuoIn February, OIT announced that all matriculated students will be required to use Duo Security’s Two-factor authentication (2FA) when accessing select university services, starting with my.SMU. OIT knew that getting the large student population registered before the April 1 deadline would be a challenge, and started an aggressive campaign to not only make students aware of the coming change but to encourage them to enroll their devices before Duo was enabled. As of this writing, over 4,400 students are newly committed to protecting their accounts with Duo Security. Continue reading Duo: A Success Story

Two weeks until students are required to use Duo Two-Factor Authentication for my.SMU

Ru Ferguson and John Rodgers have already won. You have one more chance to win too!

DuoOn Monday, April 1, 2019, OIT will begin an initiative to implement two-factor authentication for all SMU students to certain online services. To encourage students to enroll before April 1, OIT will award an Amazon gift card to three randomly selected students who enroll a device early – Two of these gift cards have already been won. To be registered for the final drawing, simply enroll a device at smu.edu/duoenroll before the contest entry deadline. You will be automatically entered for that drawing and the future drawings upon device enrollment. Continue reading Two weeks until students are required to use Duo Two-Factor Authentication for my.SMU

E-mail Phishing Simulations Return

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)Phishing attempts – email messages sent by hackers pretending to be your friends, coworkers, or trusted companies – have wreaked havoc across the Internet for years. These messages try to lure you into revealing personal info like passwords and financial information, and their alarmist tone can be deceiving.

Over the past few years, SMU has worked to make people more aware of these phishing attempts by sending simulated phishing emails. For those falling victim to the phishing attempts Continue reading E-mail Phishing Simulations Return

Winter 2019 Security Report Now Available

Winter 2019 Security Report Cover
Our Winter 2018 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community.  In this edition, we show how a new phishing scam is using supervisor’s email addresses to request gift cards, we cover a data breach that exposed the personal information of up to 383 million people, and Ms. Security returns to discuss how an app is being sued for misleading consumers about data collection.

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Duo Two-Factor Authentication Coming to Students’ my.SMU

DuoOn Monday, April 1, 2019, OIT will begin an initiative to implement two-factor authentication for all SMU students to certain online services. The first such service will be my.SMU. 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. Basically, Duo assures that only you can access your protected information.

Duo and my.SMU

The first system for students to be protected with two-factor authentication is Continue reading Duo Two-Factor Authentication Coming to Students’ my.SMU