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[liberationtech] Stanford to Initiate 2-Step Authentication

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Tue Sep 24 08:51:39 PDT 2013


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From: Randy Livingston <its-announce at stanford.edu>

Members of the Stanford Community:

I am writing to notify you of additional steps to enhance the security of
Stanford's information systems and protect against the pervasive threat of
online attacks.  In addition to the initial password changes we required
over
the summer, we now ask all University community members with a SUNet ID to
activate two-step authentication, a simple and highly effective security
mechanism already adopted by many organizations.

Starting this Thursday, we will begin requiring anyone with a SUNet ID to
have
two-step authentication enabled in order to access web-based services.  The
community will be added on a rolling basis, so your prompt to enroll may
occur
anytime over the next several weeks.  Already more than 10,000 SUNet ID
account
holders have voluntarily elected to use this enhanced security.

Two-step authentication substantially reduces the ability of would-be
intruders
to access your account by requiring a second login code in addition to your
password.  Commonly, this is a random numerical code generated by a
smartphone
application or sent via text message to your phone. You will be prompted for
this extra code at least once a month for each computing device and browser
that you use.

I encourage you to go to the Accounts page and enroll now, if you have not
already.  You can find a link to Accounts on the IT Services home page and
HelpSU page.

We will be taking additional measures over the next few months to further
safeguard our information systems.  Your technical support teams and IT
Services will be working with all campus units to upgrade or replace older
Windows XP operating systems and to encrypt all employee laptops and mobile
devices.  We also intend to require longer or more complex passwords.

I will continue to provide updates on our progress.  Thank you for your
understanding and cooperation as we work together to protect both University
data and personal information through the implementation of these
information
security best practices.

Sincerely,
Randy Livingston
Vice President for Business Affairs
Chief Financial Officer
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