On Sept. 7, OIT enabled Duo Two-Factor Authentication for all Shibboleth logins in the production environments. Shibboleth provides login access to many campus systems, including the MyPack Portal, Web leave, ServiceNow, and numerous departmental-hosted systems.
Two-Factor Authentication, also referred to as 2-Step Verification, provides an additional layer of security during the login process. Google 2-Step Verification has been available for Google Apps @ NC State accounts for quite some time, and adoption is increasing. In the near future, OIT will mandate usage of Duo Two-Factor Authentication for the Shibboleth authentication service to enhance data and account security.
OIT is continuing to test the new authentication process with various campus groups and looks forward to enrolling more campus IT users into Duo in the coming weeks. Feedback from these pilot groups is being used to improve the authentication process and to develop user documentation and a web presence.
Additional project and migration details will be available in future editions of OIT News and via SysNews.