Less than three weeks to sign up to Multi Factor Authentication


October 19th, 2021

Less than three weeks until MFA is required to access your Microsoft 365 account – get set up and secure by Monday 8 November 

The risk to our university is very real and not going away. To reduce the risk of cyber and phishing attacks and to help protect the university network and data, Multi-Factor Authentication will be required.  

By Monday 8 November 2021, staff and associates need to set up MFA to secure their Microsoft 365 account. It is really important you act now to prevent any disruption. 

Need help? 

To help with setting up MFA and getting secure, we have pop-up Smart Bars across our campuses where you can ask questions in-person. You can also ask questions on the Virtual Smart Bar or at one of the virtual question and answer sessions.  

Please check the MFA help and support page for all the details. 

Setting up MFA 

To set up MFA and secure your account please following these steps:  

  1. Set up MFA if you haven’t already, visit the DTS website for instructions  
  2. Submit the secure M365 Form  

After you submit your Form, you may need to approve authentication a few times for each app and device that you use but after that, you won’t be prompted for a further 90 days as long as you use the same device and browser.  

However, if you are using a university managed Windows 10 device, your experience should be even better, as the device shouldn’t prompt for authentication after initial set up, as long as your device is compliant (it has up-to-date security policies).   

Visit the Securing 365 SharePoint site for further guidance and FAQs. 

Thank you for your support.

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2 Comments

October 19th, 2021 at 2:13 pm

Paul Smith

Can I ask, is this for access even on campus from, say, academic offices, or just when we are using University systems off-campus?

October 19th, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Cyrus M

Hi Paul. The requirement and use of MFA doesn’t relate to whether someone is on or off campus. It depends on the device you access Microsoft 365 services from. If you use a university-managed Windows 10 device that is on or off campus and it is compliant, then you shouldn’t be prompted for authentication. If you use any other device, you will be prompted for authentication every 90 days. Thanks, hope that helps.

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