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2-Step Verification

Duo 2-Step VerificationTwo-step verification, sometimes referred to as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), strengthens authentication security by requiring two factors to verify your identity. They are:

  • Something you know, like your username and password
  • Something you have, like a phone (mobile or office phone) or tablet

Duo is the name of the product Cal Poly has chosen to use for 2-step verification.

Note for LastPass users: You must enroll your primary device with Duo before setting up LastPass.


Two-step verification implementation will take place in phases. In the first phase, 2-step verification will roll out to Cal Poly ITS staff. The second phase will include staff who access CMS Finance (CFS). The third phase will occur in parallel with the deployment of a new Virtual Private Network (VPN). As ITS secures more applications with 2-step verification, it will launch to the rest of the staff on campus.

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