Starting October 2022, through the end of 2023, Information Technology will be deploying multi-factor authentication on various applications used by New School students, faculty, and staff.
What is Multi-Factor Authentication?
Multi-factor authentication adds a second layer of security to your online accounts. Verifying your identity using a second factor (like sending a confirmation push notification to your phone or other mobile device) prevents anyone but you from logging in, even if they know your password.
Why is Multi-factor Authentication Important?
The New School is committed to protecting the identity and personal information of our New School community members. Multi-factor authentication is one way that we reduce the risk of unauthorized users gaining access to New School accounts.
With the significant prevalence of malicious cyber actors and attacks it is imperative we as a university take the steps necessary to protect our student, faculty, and staff’s personal data. Cyber criminals are actively targeting education institutions like The New School. When a breach or an attack occurs at an education institution the data that is compromised can include both critical business information and the personal data of all staff, faculty and students. Requiring the use of multi-factor authentication for access to email and other critical information systems significantly reduces the chances of a successful breach.
How will this deployment be completed?
In addition to the applications that already require multi-factor authentication like MyDay and VPN for New School employees, all services that are accessed via Single Sign On (SSO), like MyNewSchool and Canvas, will eventually require multi-factor authentication.
In October, we will begin rolling out multi-factor to these additional services starting with Google workspace, which includes Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Chat, and Drive. Below, we have outlined what the various user groups should expect at the time of this rollout.
After we have successfully implemented multi-factor authentication on Google workspace services, we will communicate the plan for the implementation of multi-factor on the remaining SSO services.
Additional information about multi-factor authentication can be found here, including instructions on how to set up and use Duo Security, as well as FAQs. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to IT Central at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.909.4357.