Duo - What Is Duo and Why Do I Need It?


  • What is Duo?
  • Why do I need to sign up for Duo?
  • Do I have to sign up for Duo?


  • Oregon State University
  • Student, Employee and Associate
  • ONID account


This information taken from: https://is.oregonstate.edu/duo/help-and-faqs

Why Duo?

Passwords are no longer enough: we need Duo Two-Step Login to protect our financial data, our student data and our research data, and also to protect the reputation of the University.  Each year, sophisticated “phishing” schemes and other tactics lead to hundreds of ONID accounts becoming “compromised” (accessible to unauthorized people), and that number continues to increase. Nationally, other universities have been adopting two-step login for several years, and it’s time for us to join them.  It’s our responsibility as good “digital citizens” to protect the data entrusted to our care.

Why now?

In recent months, the rate of successful compromises of ONID accounts has dramatically increased at Oregon State. In the Fall of 2018, there was a 400% increase in compromised accounts, when compared to a prior three year average. Other universities across the country have responded to similar increases by requiring DUO, or similar two-step login processes, for all accounts. Because two-step protocols are the best means of reducing the success rate of the attacks, Oregon State will require all non-student ONID accounts to use this technology by May 22, 2019. Students will be required to use Duo starting in Fall 2019.

Why mandatory?

The recent increase of compromised accounts represents an unacceptable level of risk to institutional data and sensitive information. Because nearly everyone at OSU has access to non-public information, the best way to address this risk, and to protect the OSU community, is to make Duo two-step login mandatory for all ONID accounts.  All employee accounts were mandatory on May 22, 2019, and student accounts will be mandatory by the end of the 2020 academic year.  Student accounts will be made mandatory in stages, which can be found at https://is.oregonstate.edu/duo/students. University-wide use of two-step login helps us protect against attempts to steal information entrusted to our care, including: financial data, student and employee records, and sensitive medical and human subjects data.  Without Duo, we are at much greater risk.

What does Duo protect against?

  • Attempts to change your paycheck direct deposit setting without your knowledge
  • Criminals attempting to commit identity fraud
  • Unauthorized access to read and send your email

Are other universities doing this?

Yes! Most of our peer institutions have already implemented mandatory two-step login (sometimes referred to as multifactor authentication) for their employees. Many have also made this type of security mandatory for students already or are beginning to do so. 


For assistance, contact the IS Service Desk.


Article ID: 78101
Fri 5/10/19 10:58 AM
Wed 5/6/20 8:40 AM

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