Two Factor Authentication

What is Two Factor (2FA)?

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is used to strengthen ​the security of user accounts and University business systems that hold sensitive information. It adds another layer of online protection from damaging cyber criminal attacks that cost organizations millions.

As part of this initiative, effective July 12th, 2021, all Windows PC Users will be required to use 2FA when accessing University business systems and resources via VPN (virtual private network). Macintosh Users are currently using 2FA.

Why Two Factor?

We are all used to having one layer of security to protect our account which is our password, however, passwords aren’t enough to protect the University or you against cyber criminals who desire to gain access to resources using compromised credentials.

The goal of 2FA is to provide a higher degree of identity assurance of a user accessing University resources via VPN.  If cyber criminals obtain your username and password, they will still need access to your phone and/or a passcode to get into your account.

Having a second form of identification greatly decreases the chance of a criminal gaining access to devices, sensitive information, fraud and will build secure online relationships due to compromised credentials.

How Does 2FA Work?

You will need to download and install the Microsoft Authenticator App on your phone and configure it to work with your work PC. Detailed step by step instructions can be found below.

Once configured, you will need to use 2FA any time you log into the University’s VPN. You will need to enter your Capital username and password as well as authenticate through your phone. You will be required to use two different sources (factors) to verify your identity:

  • Something you know:  your Capital credentials (username and/or password), and
  • Something you have:  a phone and/or passcode

What If I Don’t Own a Cell Phone?

Please contact the IT Helpdesk, helpdesk@capital.edu or 614-236-6508 to have a ticket created and assigned to our network team. We will work with you directly for a resolution.

Can I Use VPN on my iPad or Other Mobile Device?

At this time, we are only recommending 2FA for your work PC. We will notify you once we are ready to roll out and support 2FA for mobile devices and the iPad.

Need Help? Have A Question or Concern?

If you have questions, concerns or need technical assistance, please contact the IT Helpdesk, helpdesk@capital.edu or 614-236-6508.

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Microsoft Authenticator Setup