Tech Corner: Two-Factor Authentication Coming Soon

Stephanie Edwards, Manager of IT Communications and Web Strategy

The UCO Office of Information Technology is continuing to improve and enhance security features for university systems. OIT has initiated the deployment of DUO Security, two-factor authentication software, that will be applied to systems that authenticate using the university’s Single Sign-On processes (CAS and ADFS) such as VPN, email, Microsoft Teams and more.  

DUO’s two-factor authentication (2FA) program integrates an added layer of security of your UCO accounts by requiring an additional level of authentication beyond your username and password. The DUO Mobile app is a free smartphone and tablet application that syncs with your UCO 2FA account to complete the authentication process. The program provides you with a secondary means of confirming your identity via mobile device, tablet, landline phone or an authentication token, which you will use every time that you sign into any of the services accessed through UCO’s single sign-on (SSO). 

As an initial first step to applying this new layer of security, users will see slight changes when logging into services. No additional steps will be necessary at this time, but users will see a grey DUO box and a message that states “Logging you in…” These changes are intentional and not cause for concern.  

To learn more about the upcoming changes, read the DUO Security Knowledge Base Article (KBA). 

The deployment for use of the new service will be in organizational phases. Ongoing communications will be targeted to each area of operations or college throughout this multi-phased implementation. 

For more information or questions, contact the UCO Service Desk Online or call 405-974-2255