At present, UTC does not require two-factor authentication (2FA). However, we are actively working to implement this technology. We expect to have 2FA available during the Fall 2019 semester.
If you log in to UT System resources, two-factor authentication is already available. These are the resources that you access via https://cas.tennessee.edu/cas/login.
Why implement two-factor authentication?
Passwords aren’t getting the job done to protect the university and you against cyber attacks.
2FA boosts protection of your account from hackers. We are all used to having one layer of security — our password — to protect our accounts. With 2FA, if the hackers have your password, they will still need your phone or passcode to get into your account.
When using 2FA, you’ll be required to use two different sources (factors) to verify your identity:
- Something you know – your username and password, and
- Something you have – a phone or passcode, to authenticate and gain access to an account. For example, this may be a smartphone or tablet using an app or a hardware token device.