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Enroll in Duo multi-factor authentication for portals by January 9

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In an ongoing effort to better secure personal and financial data on our campus, multi-factor authentication (MFA) will be required when logging into Buff Portal and MyCUInfo starting Tuesday, January 9. At that time, everyone will be prompted to enroll and use a service called Duo MFA before being granted access to Buff Portal and MyCUInfo.

Before Tuesday, January 9, you should enroll in Duo so you can avoid enrolling when you may be in a rush to access your portal at the start of the spring semester. The enrollment process should take no more than five minutes and all you need is a smartphone or phone number. Just go to CU Boulder’s Duo Multi-Factor Authentication Enrollment website, log in with your IdentiKey username and password, then follow the prompts to enroll. Detailed enrollment instructions, screenshots and FAQ are available on the OIT website.

If you have a smartphone, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and Duo recommend using push notifications with the Duo mobile app as your primary method of authentication because it is the easiest and fastest way to authenticate with Duo.

Enroll in Duo

Please note, even if you are an employee who already uses Duo to access certain resources in MyCUInfo, you will still be required to enroll with the CU Boulder instance of Duo. OIT is working with the CU System Office to remove their instance of Duo from MyCUInfo soon after this deployment, so employees will not need to manage two different Duo enrollments going forward.

We realize that a change like this can be disruptive. However, it’s important that our campus continually update its systems and do everything it can to reasonably protect both the personal information of our students, faculty and staff and the university’s data, finances and reputation from the increasing threat of cybersecurity attacks. MFA has been shown to block 99.9% of attacks in which personal credentials have been compromised, which in turn will help to safeguard the university’s online data.

Please enroll with Duo by January 9, so you won’t have to set it up when you need to quickly access your class schedule, Canvas course or timesheet, benefits information, etc.

If you have questions about Duo enrollment or need help with Duo, please contact the IT Service Center at oithelp@colorado.edu or 303-735-4357.