Two-factor Authentication (2FA) -- a long overdue means of protecting you and the University from phishing scams and other social engineering attacks -- is coming soon to the UT system, including the Institute of Agriculture. 

UTIA Information Technology Services (ITS) will adopt this change first in November. A select number of additional UTIA employees will be added before the end of the year. We then anticipate 2FA will roll out to the entire Institute, most likely in early calendar year 2019.

This is part of a solution to a serious problem: a recent phishing scam resulted in approximately 1,300 compromised accounts at UTK. This solution will also answer some of the issues we currently face with maintaining compliance with certain industry and government standards. Currently when logging in to your computer and various systems, you enter only a NetID and a password. This is one factor, something you know. 2FA adds a second factor, something you have, which in our case will be your smartphone/tablet or a special security token (e.g., hardware token, software token, authentication token, USB token, virtual token, key fob) if you do not have a mobile device. With 2FA fully implemented, if an attacker obtains your password, that will not be sufficient for gaining access to your account: under 2FA, to log in you must enter not only your NetID and password but also enter a code that comes only from your device that is the second factor.

UTK’s Office of Information Technology is leading this change.  To learn more, please visit http://2fa.utk.edu. Please note the schedule listed there is only for UTK, not for UTIA.

We will keep you updated along the way, but if you have any questions or concerns, please email or call.


Thank you!


Sandy