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As part of Christopher Newport’s ongoing effort to further secure our information technology resources, Information Technology Services is implementing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for those users who utilize the Global Protect VPN to connect to the Christopher Newport University network. The University has selected Duo as the vendor to provide MFA/2FA.

What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is quite simple, and organizations are focusing more than ever on creating a smooth user experience. In fact, you probably already use it in some form. For example, you’ve used MFA if you’ve:

  • swiped your bank card at the ATM and then entered your PIN (personal ID number).
  • logged into a website that sent a numeric code to your phone, which you then entered to gain access to your account.

MFA, sometimes referred to as two-factor authentication or 2FA, is a security enhancement that allows you to present two pieces of evidence – your credentials – when logging in to an account. Your credentials fall into any of these three categories: something you know (like a password or PIN), something you have (like a smart card), or something you are (like your fingerprint). Your credentials must come from two different categories to enhance security – so entering two different passwords would not be considered multi-factor.

– Source: "Back to basics: Multi-factor authentication (MFA)",

How do I install Duo?

Duo Two-Factor Authentication Client Setup

When do I need MFA?

  • When connecting to the VPN
  • When accessing a server with an administrative account via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or Secure Shell (SSH)
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