Multi-Factor Authentication

Florida Atlantic University has strict password policies to better protect University data and to ensure compliance with State of Florida access control policies. Users with access to sensitive data must sign up for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), which allows you to keep the same password for 365 days. MFA provides an additional layer of security through a second method of authenticating your identity when you log in to University services, especially those with sensitive information.

Florida Atlantic University provides Duo Security to help students, faculty, and staff protect themselves from cybercrime. Duo Security adds another layer of security by enabling you to set up a second factor of authentication (phone, key fob, or other mobile device) with your account that prevents anyone but you from logging in, even if that person happens to know your password. Once you have enrolled, you will be able to deny access to your accounts (on your Duo-enrolled device) if someone tries to sign in as you.

What Is Duo Security?

Illustration showing the Duo Authentication process

Duo Security uses two-factor authentication to confirm that the person trying to access your account is actually you. This technology is similar to the technology many banks use.

  • When you visit a secured FAU site/application, you provide information only you should know: your FAUNet ID and password.
  • You verify who you are with a device you physically have (your smartphone, tablet, or cell phone).
  • You are granted secure access to the site/application.

Once you have enrolled in Duo, you will be able to deny access to your accounts (on your Duo-enrolled device) if someone tries to sign in as you. With Duo Security, users of services such as Workday and other reporting tools can achieve full functionality from home without requiring VPN.


Duo Enrollment

To enroll in Duo, use the appropriate multi-factor enrollment tool below. We recommend that you enroll using both the mobile app and a backup option for authenticating. This backup number will allow you to log in if you are unable to use your cell phone. The mobile app works across cellular data and Wireless (WiFi) as well as offline. We highly recommend this method because this application incurs no data, text (SMS), or other charges when using codes and WiFi.


Students who want to opt in may use our multi-factor authentication enrollment tool


Employees who want to change their enrollment may use our multi-factor authentication tool.

Setup DUO Enrollment


Further Information

Note: If you are an employee and do not have access to a smartphone, we recommend that you request a hardware key fob (FOB) by submitting a Help Desk request. You may pick up an FOB by appointment from the Help Desk in CM-22 on the Boca Raton campus, SR-291 on the Jupiter campus, or LA-303 on the Davie campus.