By: Mary Dunker, Director of Secure Identity Services at Virginia Tech
Two-factor authentication is a way of replacing simple passwords (something you know) with, for example, something you know plus something you have, such as a cell phone, electronic key or security device. Two-factor auth is being implemented at Virginia Tech because higher education is increasingly becoming a target for hackers. They are after intellectual property, personal information, and financial information; and the attacks are more sophisticated than in the past. The goal of Virginia Tech's 2-Factor Authentication Program is to increase security surrounding online systems and applications by implementing 2-factor authentication for "everyone, everything." 2-factor will be the default, and one-factor the exception. 40,000+ users are expected to enroll by Fall, 2016.
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