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Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

This article provides information and guidance on the rollout of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to all users within Hull York Medical School.

Please be aware that Hull York Medical School will be switching on Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for all users throughout the 2021/22 academic year!

What is MFA?

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) provides an additional layer of security on top of your username and password when you access university resources online. Once set up it is easy to use and can block over 99.9 percent of all account compromise attacks.

Without MFA anyone who has your password has access to all your HYMS work including; e-mail, calendar, documents and contacts as if they were you.

Why is HYMS using MFA?

The Medical School holds a large quantity of sensitive data including information related to staff, students and research data. MFA is an industry-standard technology that will help to protect this data.

Hull York Medical School will be rolling out Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for all users throughout the 2021/22 academic year. You will be notified when MFA is enabled on your account, but everyone in HYMS (including clinical colleagues) will need to set up MFA.

Which services/systems will be protected with MFA?

Initially, only the following services/systems will be protected with MFA, but over time this list will grow to cover all Hull York Medical School resources:

How will you know your account requires MFA?

Once we have enabled MFA on your account, you will receive a prompt at your next login stating  “More information required. Your organisation needs more information to keep your account secure”.

MFA Setup Explained

The following video from Microsoft below explains the process of setting up MFA:

Setting up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

The following guide explains the process you need to follow to setup MFA for your account:
Setting up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

If you wish to set up your MFA security prior to MFA being enforced on your account you can go to aka.ms/MySecurityInfo and set up two authentication methods for your account. If you only set up one method you will be prompted to add another method later (when we enable MFA on your account).

Updated on 29/10/2021

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