Securing our Campus with Multi-Factor Authentication

Over 34,000 university accounts have been secured with multi-factor authentication.
University of Arkansas

Over 34,000 university accounts have been secured with multi-factor authentication.

IT Services activated multi-factor authentication on over 23,400 student accounts since the start of spring semester as part of an ongoing commitment to secure university data. Since 2020, multi-factor has been enabled for more than 10,600 accounts for faculty, staff and student workers.

Multi-factor authentication provides an additional layer of security that makes it difficult for unauthorized users to access an individual's data, services and applications. Access to UARK accounts is verified by combining something you know (username and password) with something you have (a trusted device, like a phone).

"Verifying accounts with multi-factor is more secure, especially for services that grant access to financial aid, payroll and other personal information," Stephen Tycer, chief information security officer, said. "When implemented correctly, multi-factor authentication can be the single most effective tool to protect against cybersecurity attacks."

With multi-factor enabled, students will need to keep their smartphone charged and with them when accessing online services for coursework, tests, etc. Once verified, you will be able to stay logged in and access UARK services. If you need to update your phone number, go to account.uark.edu and log in with your @uark.edu information. 

When logging into a service like UARK email or Blackboard, you can choose how to authenticate:

  • Enable a pop-up notification to tap, or
  • Enter a six-digit code provided by an authenticator app, text or phone message.

Multi-factor authentication is required for most online services, including: Office 365 (Outlook, Word, Teams, etc.), Adobe, UAConnect, Blackboard Learn, Box and more. View a complete list of applications.

"Multi-factor authentication is a core component of a strong identity and access management policy," Tycer said. "Multi-factor can stop many common attacks and phishing attempts. All it takes is a hacker to compromise a single email account in your organization, and the entire organization can be compromised. By enabling multi-factor, email accounts and services such as Office 365 are much more secure and difficult to hack."

Learn more about multi-factor authentication.

Contacts

Rachel Gerner, content strategist
Information Technology Services
479-387-3824, rgerner@uark.edu

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