Login2 SLU Multi-Factor Authentication System

Saint Louis University implemented multi-factor authentication (MFA) to provide additional protection for your SLU account on November 3, 2016. The new MFA system is used to verify the identity of SLU users attempting to access SLU resources. Banking, financial, and other industries already use similar systems as part of their online login security procedures.

MFA is an enhanced login process that combines traditional methods for verifying identity (i.e. SLU Net ID and password) with a second verification method. The second method of verification can be done using a text or call to a telephone, or you may use an app on your mobile device or computer. 

The MFA project at SLU has two phases: registration with the authentication system and implementation of the system with SLU applications such as Google Apps and mySLU. 

Phase One: Registration with the Authentication System

The first phase asks faculty, staff, and students to register and select their verification preferences with the authentication system at login2.slu.edu. Individuals can enter up to three telephone numbers that will be used to receive a call or text message that provides a verification code.

There is also an app that can be downloaded and used to receive verification codes. Detailed instructions and tutorials (videos) are available:

Phase Two: Implementation of the System with SLU Applications

During the second phase, the authentication system will be put to use with SLU applications, such as Google Apps, mySLU, and Banner. After it is first implemented, the system will prompt you upon your first login for a verification code, which you will receive via a call, text, or the app, depending on what you selected in the first phase. You won't be prompted at every login if you are logging in from a familiar location and browser. The verification will just be used when something about your login seems different to the system, like being on a new computer or in a different city.

On November 3, multi-factor authentication became a mandatory part of login to SLU applications. Click here to watch a video demonstration of the new login process. 

In preparation for the second phase, please go to login2.slu.edu to register your verification preferences today. Beginning Nov. 3, you will be prompted at login for a verification code. If you have not yet registered your verification preferences by that day, you will be directed to login2.slu.edu to set them up.

If you have any problems with the registration, please contact the ITS Service Desk at (314) 977-4000 or helpdesk@slu.edu. If you have questions about the project, you may contact the Project Manager, Sharon Biddle-Ferrell at (314) 977-3505 or sbiddlef@slu.edu.

Visit our how and why page for more information about the system and how it applies to you.

Multi-Factor Authentication Registration Alert in mySLU

Anyone who did not register verification preferences with the multi-factor authentication system before Nov. 3 received a link to do so in the Compliance Requirements box on the Home tab of mySLU (pictured below). ITSCommunications@slu.edu also sent reminder emails as the date approached.

Log in to myslu.slu.edu

Click on the Home Tab

Click on the "Login2 SLU Multi-Factor Registration" link in the Compliance Requirements box

MFA Compliance Box

Click on login2.slu.edu to access the multi-factor authentication registration

Complete the registration steps in the Login2 SLU portal

Return to mySLU and select "I have updated my contact information" from the drop-down menu under Response.

Click submit. Once it has been verified that you have registered with the system, you will no longer see the link in the Compliance Requirements box.

MFA Compliance Requirements

Lock Down Your Login Campaign

The White house and the National Cyber Security Alliance have joined forces to launch the Lock Down Your Login campaign. The goal is to encourage a move beyond just usernames and passwords to a widespread adoption of multi-factor authentication for online accounts. Usernames and passwords simply are not enough; hackers and cybercriminals continue to evolve their attack techniques, and users must improve their security to better protect their accounts. Learn more the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.TM the global cybersecurity education and awareness campaign.

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