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Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a method of confirming a user's claimed identity in which a user is granted access only after successfully presenting 2 or more pieces of evidence (or factors) to an authentication mechanism. Valid factors include:

  • knowledge (something they and only they know)
  • possession (something they and only they have)
  • inherence (something they and only they are)

UMIACS utilizes the Duo security platform to allow mobile devices to serve as a second factor.

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