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Multifactor Authentication to be Required Beginning March 5

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 14:46


The University began offering multifactor authentication to combat the increasing threats from phishing scams, malicious software, and compromised passwords several months ago. Since that time, phishing scams and other threats have continued to escalate in frequency and severity. These threats pose an immediate risk to your privacy and the security of University data.  

In response, on March 5 the University will require faculty and staff to use multifactor authentication for all services that leverage the University’s single sign-on service, Pitt Passport. Multifactor authentication will also be required for those using the Secure Remote Access service to connect to University resources.

Multifactor authentication is an additional layer of security designed to prevent unauthorized access to your information and University data, including confidential retirement account details, pay statements, or direct deposit information.  

You can begin using multifactor authentication today by completing the steps at Please note:  If you do not register a device for multifactor authentication in advance, you will be required to complete the registration process in order to access any service through Pitt Passport beginning March 5.

To learn more, visit our Multifactor Authentication Web page.

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