|All UM System faculty and staff user accounts will soon use Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication for logging into all email which includes Microsoft 365 email for students and alumni, Microsoft Teams collaboration software, and employee Exchange email accounts.|
Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication is a new and separate method of multi-factor authentication than SecureAuth, and is used only for Microsoft products. SecureAuth is used for sites such as myHR and PeopleSoft. They are two different multi-factor authentication tools used for different systems. Although similar in behavior – providing you with an additional Microsoft code when logging on to Microsoft products to ensure that your password has not been stolen – the two are not connected.
This is a UM System-required change.
The Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication for S&T will be implemented on July 8.
In preparation for this change, we strongly encourage you to pre-register your Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication information. To complete the registration, you will need to visit the UM System Multi-Factor Authentication page and login with your username @ umsystem.edu credentials. Once logged in, you will be taken to a trusted Microsoft interface. Guidance for pre-registration is below.
Guidance for pre-registration:
After visiting the UM System Multi-Factor Authentication page and having logged in with your username @ umsystem.edu account, you will be provided with phone and application-based authentication options for setup.
We recommend you set up the “Microsoft Authenticator App” option which is presented to you on the first screen after logging in. The mobile app will work even when phone service is spotty or unavailable while traveling. It is a best practice to add your phone as a backup method as well, which can be done after completing the setup of the mobile app.
Additional information is available from UM System here.
When your account is enabled for Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication on July 8, you have the option for Multi-Factor Authentication to not ask again for 30 days on each web browser, and each application you use for accessing email and Office 365. For instance, you will get one prompt for Outlook, one for Teams, one for your phone and email, and a re-prompt for each of these every 30 days.
For questions concerning this notice, please contact the IT Help Desk by calling 573-341-4357, by visiting the Help Desk on the first floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, or by submitting a ticket online at help.mst.edu.