Student Duo Enrollment Begins

Enable multi-factor authentication today! Just duo & go.

The Office of Information Technology will soon require Duo multi-factor authentication for all students.  Enabling this tool now means students won’t have to worry about any disruptions to UCI account access in the future. A website has been created to help students get signed up and to provide additional details and news announcements during the rollout period. 

How does it work? Using a mobile app, Duo pushes a verification to a student’s mobile device when they log in with their UCInetID, and with a quick click of a button, they’re in. Getting started is easy and well worth the protection Duo provides. 

What is Duo?

Duo is a multi-factor authentication (MFA) system that acts as an added layer of protection to accounts by using a second source of validation, like a cell phone or token, to verify the user’s identity before granting access.​ It takes something you have (a MFA device) with something you know (a password) to verify it is you and grant you access. Multi-factor authentication can result in up to a 96% decrease in stolen credentials. When a login attempt is made on a UCI account, Duo will push a quick authentication message to the user’s phone of choice, asking them to click ‘Approve’ to continue logging in. It only takes a couple of seconds but the added protection is invaluable.

Why Duo for Students? 

Students are vulnerable to security breaches and phishing attacks just like employees.​ A breach for a student could result in stolen financial aid refunds, wages from their on-campus job or personal information. Hackers can also wreak havoc on class schedules and other important enrollment statuses. 

Is this required?

Yes. All students utilizing a UCInetID will be required to use Duo to access UCInetID accounts on October 19, 2021. UC Irvine faculty and staff, including student employees, already use Duo MFA, and adding students will provide further protection for their personal information and help ensure the security of university assets.