Passwords are no longer enough: we need Duo Two-Step Login to protect our financial data, our student data and our research data, and also to protect the reputation of the University. Each year, sophisticated “phishing” schemes and other tactics lead to hundreds of ONID accounts becoming “compromised” (accessible to unauthorized people), and that number continues to increase. Nationally, other universities have been adopting two-step login for several years, and it’s time for us to join them. It’s our responsibility as good “digital citizens” to protect the data entrusted to our care.
In recent months, the rate of successful compromises of ONID accounts has dramatically increased at Oregon State. In the Fall of 2018, there was a 400% increase in compromised accounts, when compared to a prior three year average. Other universities across the country have responded to similar increases by requiring DUO, or similar two-step login processes, for all accounts. Because two-step protocols are the best means of reducing the success rate of the attacks, Oregon State will require all non-student ONID accounts to use this technology by no later than the end of May 2019.
The recent increase of compromised accounts represents an unacceptable level of risk to institutional data and sensitive information. Because nearly everyone at OSU has access to non-public information, the best way to address this risk, and to protect the OSU community, is to make Duo two-step login mandatory for all ONID accounts. Non-student accounts will become mandatory by the the end of May 2019. Student accounts will become mandatory during AY2019-2020. University-wide use of two-step login helps us protect against attempts to steal information entrusted to our care, including: financial data, student and employee records, and sensitive medical and human subjects data. Without Duo, we are at much greater risk.
Yes! Most of our peer institutions have already implemented mandatory two-step login (sometimes referred to as multifactor authentication) for their employees. Many have also made this type of security mandatory for students already or are beginning to do so. See the partial list below for details on what some other institutions are already doing.
|University of Arizona||Mandatory||Mandatory|
|Arizona State University||Mandatory||
Optional (except direct deposit)
Mandatory planning underway
|University of California, Berkeley||Mandatory||Mandatory|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Mandatory||Mandatory|
|University of Colorado Boulder||Mandatory for specific applications||Mandatory for specific applications|
|University of Oregon||Optional||Optional|
|University of Southern California||Mandatory||
Student employee mandatory
Not available for other students
|University of Utah||Mandatory||Optional|
|University of Washington||Mandatory||Optional (only available for some students)|
|Washington State University||None||None|
|Colorado State University||Mandatory||Mandatory for specific applications|
|Iowa State University||Optional||Optional|
|North Carolina State University||Mandatory||
Student employee mandatory
Optional for other students
|University of California, Riverside||Mandatory||Optional (Feb '19 mandate)|
|University of Tennessee||Optional (Fall '19 mandate)||Optional (Fall '19 mandate)|
|Ohio State University||Mandatory||Mandatory|
|Pennsylvania State University||Mandatory||Optional|
|University of California, Davis||Optional (Feb '19 mandate)||Optional (June '19 mandate)|
|University of Florida||Optional & Mandatory||None|
|University of Illinois||Mandatory||
Grad - Mandatory
Undergrad - Optional
|University of Wisconsin||Optional (Q1 '19 mandate)||Optional (Q4 '19 mandate)|