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IT Security Measures Effective July 1

Effective July 1, 2016, the State of South Carolina will require multifactor authentication (MFA), also known as two-step verification, to remotely access systems on the USC network. MFA protects the university by making sure stolen or guessed passwords are insufficient to obtain access to university systems.

If you access USC systems from off-network (ex. from home or while traveling), you will soon need to use a second means of verifying your identity.  Supported two-factor authentication methods include one-tap authentication apps for mobile devices, SMS passcodes, phone callback, hardware tokens, and one-time bypass codes. MFA must be added on a system-by-system basis, beginning with the VPN. You can expect to see it on other university applications such as Banner, BlackBoard, and PeopleSoft over time.

We are confident that MFA will make USC an even safer place for teaching, research, creative activity, and community engagement. To learn more about topics related to those mentioned above, such as the state's Information Security Program, the university Minimum Security Standards, policy IT 3.00 - Information Security, or DUO MFA, please visit