Time for CALS personnel to transition to NetID login with multi-factor authentication

To better protect the digital security of campus personnel and digital assets, UW–Madison is adding a second verification step to the NetID login process for web-based applications. This process, called multi-factor authentication, offers additional protection to your digital identity and is being adopted across campus.

Multi-factor authentication, provided to UW–Madison by Duo Security, adds an additional step to the NetID login process. The first steps for logging in will remain the same: You will enter your NetID and password. The additional step utilizes a smartphone or token (also called a fob) to verify your identity.

CALS personnel are being asked to make the transition to multi-factor authentication by Feb. 15. CALS department administrators and CALS IT staff are available to answer questions and assist in the transition, if needed, such as providing a token.

At this point, the scope of this project includes CALS faculty and staff. Undergraduate and graduate students are scheduled to adopt MFA in the fall of 2019.

The enrollment process is easy, as is using the Duo Security app or token. Getting started is a two-step process: 1) registering a device and 2) enrolling in MFA.

Enrollment instructions and other information about MFA can be found on the CALS KB site: Look for the section in the left-most column titled “Multi-factor Authentication (MFA),” which contains a number of useful links, such as:

If you have questions, contact Thomas Hartman at (608) 262-8549 or