Duo Security

Information Technology will be providing two-factor authentication to GVSU faculty/staff who have been determined to have access to highly sensitive GVSU data through VPN.GVSU.EDU access.


What is Duo Security?

Duo Security is a company that provides a cloud-based software service that utilizes two-factor authentication to ensure secure access to services and data. Learn more by clicking here.

Duo Security Self-Enrollment Guide

Your Guide to Two-Factor Authentication at GVSU.

NOTE: This is not offered to all GVSU faculty/staff.  It is currently offered based on role and data access with an invitation to participate from Information Technology.

How will Duo change my login?

When logging in to an application that is protected by Duo, you will still enter your username and password. After inputting your login information, you will be required to complete a method of second-factor authentication.

Duo does not replace or require you to change your username and password. Think of Duo as a layer of security added to your pre-existing login method.

Why do we need two-factor authentication?

Login credentials are more valuable than ever and are increasingly easy to compromise. Over 90% of breaches today involve compromised usernames & passwords. 

Two-factor authentication enhances the security of your account by using a secondary device to verify your identity. This prevents anyone but you from accessing your account, even if they know your password.

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication provides a second layer of security to any type of login, requiring extra information or a physical device to log in, in addition to your password.

By requiring two different channels of authentication, we can protect user logins from remote attacks that may exploit stolen usernames & passwords.  

The factors may include:

  • Something you know: A unique username and password
  • Something you have: A smartphone with an app to approve authentication requests
  • Something you are: Biometrics - like your fingerprint or a retina scan

Page last modified March 14, 2018