Multifactor Authentication

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MULTIFACTOR AUTHENTICATION

 

Use Multifactor Authentication Wherever and Whenever Possible!

 

Multifactor Authentication (MFA) adds an additional layer of security to your Parkland account. When verifying your identity using one or more additional factors (such as a mobile device, mobile app like Okta Verify, or hardware token like a Yubikey or other FIDO2 compliant device), MFA prevents others from logging into your account, even if they know your password. To help ensure the safety of Parkland College users and data, the campus utilizes Okta's MFA solution.

 

Multifactor authentication is the use of a combination of "factors" that validate that you are the appropriate person for accessing an account.  These factors include:

  • Something you know (like a username and password)
  • Something you have (like a smartphone with an app or a hardware security key)
  • Something you are (like a fingerprint, retinal scan, face parameters, or other biometric items)

 

Security Tips for MFA:

I have received a suspicious MFA request
An unexpected MFA request is one you receive when someone other than you is trying to sign in using your account.  This could indicate that your Parkland credentials have been compromised.  You should change your password immediately through the Parkland One password reset process.
Use Okta Verify
Okta Verify supports PUSH notifications and makes authentication convenient and fast.  It is also more secure than a phone call or SMS text message because it utilizes end-to-end encryption and makes it difficult for anyone to intercept the request.  The Okta Verify app is conveniently located in the Apple App Store and Google Play
Consider using a Hardware Security Key
Hardware Security Keys are FIDO2 compliant devices (such as Yubikey, Titan, and others) are physical factors in the MFA spectrum (something you have) and should be used in conjunction with at least one other factor (typically a username and password) but may be combined with other factors for additional security.  Hardware security keys are encrypted and are considered highly secure means of proving your identity.

Additional Resources for MFA at Parkland:

 

Parkland College Okta MFA Pre-Registration: CLICK HERE

Parkland College Knowledgebase Articles on MFA: CLICK HERE

 

Enabling MFA

Multi-Factor Authentication

Password Management

Using Strong Passwords and Password Managers

Software Updates

Keeping your software up to date

Phishing Awareness

Recognizing Phishing and reporting it