Two-Step Authentication

two-stepThe Division of Information Technology (IT) is introducing two-step authentication to the GW community on some services and applications.

Two-step authentication is a method of securing access to online information with two things - what you have plus what you know (i.e., your password plus a code sent to your phone). The Division of IT will use Microsoft two-step authentication to ask individuals for a second confirmation of their identity at login, using a physical device in their possession. The device may be a smartphone or tablet using an app, a text message to a phone, or an automated voice call to landline or cell phone.

How to Set-up Two-Step Authentication  Two-Step Authentication FAQs

Two-Step Authentication for GW Google Apps (email, calendar, drive)

To provide better security for your online information, the GW community will begin to use two-step authentication in order to sign into GW Google Apps (email, calendar, drive) this fall. Two-step authentication is currently available in conjunction with GW Box. If you have already set up two-step authentication with GW Box, you will not need to set it up again.

Please see the updated schedule below for the transition to two-step authentication for GW Google Apps: 

Faculty & Staff

The Division of IT is reaching out to schools, divisions and departments to schedule a phased transition. The following schools, departments and divisions have been scheduled:

Law School: January 22
GW Libraries and Acadmic Innovation, School of Public Health (staff): January 23
School of Public Health (faculty): January 30
Executive Vice President Academic Affairs: January 31

Completed groups: Athletic Communications, College of Professional Studies, Development/Advancement, Development and Alumni Relations, Division of Operations, Elliott School of International Affairs, Events and Venues, External Relations, Facilities Services, Finance Division, General Counsel, Government Relations, Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), Human Resources, Lisner Auditorium, Office of the President, Office of Safety and Security, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Nursing

Students

The Division of Information Technology (IT) plans to introduce two-step authentication for GW Google apps for GW students beginning in January 2018. GW students will be transitioned to two-step authentication in phases:

School of Nursing: January 10
School of Public Health: January 23
School of Medicine and Health Sciences: January 24 & 25
College of Professional Studies: February 1
School of Business (Graduate): February 6
School of Business (Undergraduate): February 7
Law School: February 8
Elliott School (Graduate): February 13
Elliott School (Undergraduate): February 14
Graduate School of Education and Human Development: February 15
School of Engineering and Applied Science (Graduate): February 20
School of Engineering and Applied Science (Undergraduate): February 21
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (Graduate): February 27
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (Undergraduate): February 28

Want Early Access?

Take steps to protect your identity today! Sign up to receive early access to two-step authentication and secure your email address now: http://go.gwu.edu/twostepsignup. GW students who choose to receive early access to two-step authentication for GW Google apps will be automatically entered to win $25 in GWorld credit!* Once you sign up for early access, you will receive an email with your transition date. 

*Some restrictions may apply. You must sign up by January 31, 2018 and be a current, full-time GW student in order to win. A total of 50 winners will be chosen.

 

The GW community will use two-step authentication in conjunction with the new single sign-on platform.