Multi-factor Authentication, also known as "MFA" is a system that adds an additional level of security to your login credentials. When MFA is implemented, access to a system or website is only granted after providing two or more pieces of evidence; for example, a password and a security key.
The Palmdale School District will be utilizing DUO, an industry leader MFA application, to protect our workstations, and we will also use Google’s built-in Security features to enhance the protection of our accounts.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA?
MFA is a system that adds an additional level of security to your login credentials. When MFA is implemented, access to a system or website is only granted after providing two or more pieces of evidence; for example, a password and a security key.
Why is the Palmdale School District implementing MFA?
Palmdale School District is implementing MFA as a tactic to deter the increased risks in cybersecurity. According to Security Magazine, “Over 88% of data breach incidents were caused by Human error and employees responding to socially engineered attacks”.
In recent years, there has been an increase in cybersecurity attacks. Recently LAUSD was targeted with a ransomware attack that disabled their systems. In 2017 our very own School District was a victim of a ransomware attack.
Implementing MFA will add an extra roadblock in the event that your credentials are compromised. Compromises can be attributed to everything from a data leak, a bad actor, or a post it note with your password.
This ensures if someone has your username and password, they will not be able to access systems without the extra authentication methods.
How is the Palmdale School District Implementing MFA?
The Palmdale School District has chosen the industry leading application called DUO to implement Multi Factor Authentication.
DUO will be rolled out in phases to different staffing groups and sites, beginning with the Technology Department. Phases will include multiple training sessions, Q&A Forums, videos, and assistance from site technicians to ensure a smooth transition. Additionally, all of these documents, along with a calendar of trainings, will be available on our website palmdalesd.org/mfa.