Stepping up security: University of Manitoba transitions to Entra MFA
Attention students: Ensure a smooth transition by setting up Entra MFA before February 26th
The University of Manitoba is committed to providing the best technological services to students, faculty and staff. In line with this commitment, we are excited to announce a significant change in our Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) service from Duo to Entra MFA. Staff and faculty will make the transition at the end of this month, and the transition for students will take effect on February 26, 2024.
What to expect?
We are asking all students to complete the following tasks before the transition date of February 26.
- Download and install Microsoft Authenticator on your second-factor device.
- Set up Entra MFA for your UM Microsoft 365 account using the app.
Do not delete your Duo MFA app. You will have to use Duo MFA until you have successfully logged in to university services on February 26.
Support during the transition
To ensure a smooth transition, our Information Services and Technology (IST) Service Desk will be readily available to help with any issues that may arise. We kindly ask for your patience and cooperation during this period.
Why the switch?
Information security is critical to the day-to-day work of the university and its partners. Phishing and fraudulent activities are increasing, and hackers now use AI (Artificial Intelligence) tools for advanced attacks. These factors make it imperative to improve our security measures.
Entra MFA provides advanced protections against new types of cyberattacks and seamlessly integrates with Microsoft’s other security tools.
What is multi-factor authentication?
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a security system that requires more than one method of authentication to verify a user’s identity for a login or other transaction. By implementing MFA, we add an extra layer of protection to your personal information and university data, minimizing potential threats.
We thank you for your understanding and support during this transition. The University of Manitoba is excited to take this step forward in enhancing our technological services.
For any questions or concerns, please reach out to the IST Service Desk at 204-474-8600.