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On November 3, 2021, multi-factor authentication (MFA) will be added to faculty Office 365 accounts. This means you will not be able to get into your Office 365 account (college email account, Word, Excel, PowerPoint OneDrive) without setting an authentication device. This helps prevent cybercriminals, hackers, and “bad actors” from gaining access to your personal information.

Enroll anytime

Don’t get caught unaware! Take five minutes to enroll now on your schedule.

MFA is easy – just sign in, verify, and get access!

Visit http://www.minnstate.edu/mfa and follow the instructions to set up and activate multi-factor authentication for yourself.

What is MFA?

MFA is a method of authentication requiring more than one verification method and adds a second layer of security to user sign-ins and transactions. It works by requiring you to log in and then use one of these verification methods:

  • A randomly generated passcode or use of an authenticator app
  • A phone call and press of the # key are needed to verify

For assistance with enrolling:

  • Attend a help session via Zoom, and an IT representative will lead you through the process
  • Zoom Help Session Schedule

    Zoom sessions are available for help with enrolling in MFA.

    October 18, 2021
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 367175

    October 19, 2021
    1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 262674

    October 20, 2021
    2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 330856

    October 25, 2021
    11:00am - 12:00pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 283095

    October 27, 2021
    1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 925267

    October 29, 2021
    1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 285237

    November 1, 2021
    11:30am - 12:00pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 582049

    November 1, 2021
    1:30pm - 2:00pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 367175

    November 1, 2021
    3:30pm - 4:00pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 755494

    November 2, 2021
    9:00am - 9:30am

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 750398

    November 2, 2021
    1:30pm - 2:00pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 657376

    November 2, 2021
    3:30pm - 4:00pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Passcode: 608630

  • Contact the IT Help Desk or 651.846.1440
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is multi-factor authentication?
    Multi-factor authentication is a powerful security tool to help you protect your accounts. It creates layered protection that requires users to sign in using more than one verification method, which helps prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to your personal information.


    How do I complete the setup process?
    Follow the directions found here: http://www.minnstate.edu/mfa


    Do I have to use my personal smartphone to verify my sign-in?
    No, you do not have to use your personal smartphone for verification. You can set multi-factor authentication to verify through several methods, including your office or home phone.


    If I don't have a smartphone, how do I verify my sign-in?
    Even if you don't have a smartphone, you can still use multi-factor authentication. Enroll using your office or personal phone and receive a call or text with a verification code for sign-in.


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