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In response to recent phishing scams and related vulnerabilities, Auburn is moving to a high-security login process referred to as 2-factor authentication.  This new login process will be required for VPN users first.  Other systems will be adapted to require this method of authentication over time.

“Two-factor authentication,” specifically in this case, means individuals using the AnyConnect VPN Client will log in with their Auburn username and password, first factor – something you know, and then confirm their identity using a physical device in their possession, second factor – something you have. With the use of a second factor, physical device, a compromised password isn't enough to allow unauthorized access to your information.

The physical device may be a smartphone or tablet, university-issued or personal, using the Duo Security app, a text message to a mobile phone, a hardware token device like a University-issued YubiKey or an automated voice call to a landline or cell phone.

Action on your part is required.  Visit “Auburn implements 2-factor authentication for VPN for more information about this change, including how to register a device for 2-factor authentication, new VPN instructions, where to get help, and deadlines for enrollment

If you have any questions, contact your IT Provider or the OIT HelpDesk.