Information Technology Services

Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication is technology that provides an added layer of security when you login to your Union College account. MFA is vital to protect your data, Union's data, and Union's digital infrastructure.

About Multi-Factor Authentication

Union faculty, staff, and students are required to provide their username and password to access online resources. However, if the username and password are compromised by phishing, hacking, or other means, their account and Union digital resources may be at risk of malicious attack.

MFA adds an additional layer of security by requiring a username and password (what you know), as well as verified access to a registered device (what you have).

MFA Flow

With MFA, even if a malicious party obtains your password, they will not be able to access your account unless they also have physical access to your registered device.

How MFA Works

  1. Enroll in MFA (see below). Register one or more devices, such as a smartphone and tablet.
  2. Log in as usual. Access Union systems using your username and password.
  3. Verify your identity. MFA will prompt you to verify your identity using one of the devices you registered (see step 1).

How to Enroll

ITS has partnered with Okta, an identity management service that provides its services to more than 9,400 organizations world-wide. Multi-Factor Authentication is activated when you select from available factors provided by Okta.

Please follow the information contained in the following link to enroll.

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication Using Okta

See the MFA Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.