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Announcements : VCU 2Factor Authentication for StudioAbroad

Announcement: VCU 2Factor Authentication for StudioAbroad

VCU 2Factor Authentication
Dear students,

Compromise of data and IT systems through the use of stolen credentials is one of the top cyber threats faced by our University. These compromises may jeopardize your personal information that is protected by these credentials.

In order to reduce the risk associated with stolen credentials and better protect our digital environment, VCU is integrating multi-factor authentication (VCU 2Factor Authentication) to its Central Authentication System (CAS). The VCU 2Factor Authentication provides a method that performs additional verification for an individual once the individual submits her username and password. This additional verification step can prevent a cybercriminal from impersonating their victims by using her credentials alone, since the cybercriminal will usually not possess knowledge or item used to perform the secondary verification.

The VCU 2Factor Authentication will be conducted through a phone when individual authentication is performed from residence halls, guest wireless, or off-campus. Students can register their cell phones or landlines in order to perform the secondary verification. For students using cell phones, an app is also available for download that can quickly and easily help you perform the secondary verification.

VCU began executing this 12-month project to integrate VCU 2Factor authentication into all applications protected by its CAS system starting spring of 2017, so you may have begun to see applications using VCU 2Factor enabled CAS, which will provide the option for secondary verification after the username and password are entered at logon.

As a student using the Education Abroad website with an account requiring a login, you will encounter the 2Factor authentication option when logging in beginning October 26, 2017. Sample screens of what you may see are shown below.

To learn more about the VCU 2Factor authentication initiative and find out how to register and use the system, please visit

For any questions or concerns, please contact the VCU IT Support Center at 828-2227. Thank you for your help in keeping the University safe and secure.
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