Upcoming Changes to Remote Access at the Institute for Advanced Study

Multi-factor Authentication at the Institute for Advanced Study

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is now available for use at the IAS when connecting with our remote access solution, OpenVPN.  MFA improves the overall security of your account by requiring something you have (your phone or other device) in addition to something you know (your passphrase) before allowing access.  Now an information security best practice, MFA been proven to drastically reduce the number of incidents surrounding stolen or guessed passphrases, while being easy to configure and use.

Signing Up

Our MFA solution, DuoSecurity, is popular among higher education institutions around the world.  To enroll, simply click on the Configure button in the Multi-Factor Authentication card on UpdateMe to get started with the configuration of your mobile phone.  The process takes less than 5 minutes to set up, and will immediately go into effect for your connections with the OpenVPN service.

What if I have difficulty using DuoSecurity?

The Computing Helpdesk is prepared to provide you with assistance.

Is Multi-Factor Authentication required?

DuoSecurity will be required for connecting to OpenVPN beginning on September 9, 2019.  Until then, signing up is voluntary.  Signing up now will allow you to get acquainted with its use before it becomes mandatory.

Will other IAS provided services be impacted by this change?

Throughout the year, we will be looking at other services that can benefit from being protected by MFA.  Timely notifications providing you with details will be sent out.  The good news is that you only need to sign up once.  Then, your device will be able to service all your MFA needs at the IAS.


For additional information, please contact your Computing Helpdesk during business hours.