Starting Oct. 31: Microsoft Multifactor Authentication (MFA) will be implemented for current students

Starting Tuesday, Oct 31, WSU Information Technology Services (ITS) will roll out Microsoft’s Multifactor Authentication (MFA) for currently enrolled students who are taking classes.

Microsoft’s MFA enhances security by requiring the use of a secondary device at login to verify your identity. This new security will protect users by making it more difficult for others to access your account. It uses two different forms of identity: myWSU password, and an additional authentication method.

Currently enrolled students who are taking classes are required to register and use MFA. Student employees will use Duo to authenticate while an employee. When they are no longer a student employee and revert to student only status, they will use Microsoft MFA.

Software impacted by MFA will be email, Blackboard and all Office 365 products.

Authentication methods available:

  • Highly recommended: The Microsoft Authenticator App, a simple, fast and highly secure two-factor authentication application, available to download from Microsoft (app only available for iOS and Android devices)
  • Non-WSU email address
  • Phone number

Additional information on what to expect and how to set up your Multi-factor Authentication can also be found on the ITS webpage.

For questions, contact the ITS Help Desk at 316-978-4357, Option 1 or email