Second Credential Will Be Required to Connect to Office 365 to Prevent Phishing Attacks

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

A Message from Patti Smith, Chief Information Officer

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a huge uptick in phishing emails as attackers exploit the pandemic and employees working remotely and using personal devices. To defend both your Valencia College and personal devices and data, we will now require multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all employees to connect to Office 365 via the web (including the direct linkValencia’s website and Atlas) for work and personal use, as well as the desktop and mobile versions of Outlook, Teams and OneDrive for Business. MFA is a security system that verifies a user’s identity with a second credential beyond a user’s password.

To begin the self-enroll process, click here. Please note that if you do not self-enroll, all users will be prompted to enroll upon sign-in in Office 365 as of Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

When you enroll, you will be prompted through a wizard to enter your Valencia College username and password and then to select how you would like to provide additional authentication:

After you select your preferred method, follow the prompts to receive your six-digit authentication code via the method you selected above. Then you’ll enter that code into Office 365 on your primary device as your second credential. When you reach the Additional Security Verification screen, you have completed the process.

For full directions on how to enroll in multi-factor authentication, click here.

Please note that after 14 days — or shorter if you clear your browser or use another browser or device — you will be required to repeat this two-step verification process.

This change will not affect students at this time.

For questions, contact the Office of Information Technology Service Desk or call 407-299-5000, extension 5555.

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