Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Information Technology Services (ITS)


To:       Yale Faculty, Staff and Students

From:   Rich Mikelinich, Yale Chief Info Security Officer

Re:       Coming Soon: Additional Log In Step When You Are Off-Campus

Date:   June 8, 2015

Dear Members of the Yale Community,

As reports of security risks and incidents become increasingly common, the University is taking steps to safeguard the Yale community and protect its academic, research, and business intellectual property and data.

A security mechanism known as Multifactor Authentication, or MFA, will be introduced to the campus in phases over the course of the summer. This simple process is needed only when you are off campus or out of reach of one of Yale’s wired or wireless networks. In the future, if necessary, Yale may require individuals to use MFA when they are on campus as well.

MFA is a simple and quick log-in process that will require you to prove your identity utilizing a second factor (for example, a mobile device, a landline phone, or a key fob) after providing your Yale credentials. This process will be required to access YaleConnect Webmail, and to log in to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) or the Central Authentication Service (CAS) from an off-campus location.
Yale ITS will partner with your school, department, or section to schedule a deployment date and ensure a smooth transition.

Where to Learn More

Please visit the Multifactor Authentication at Yale section of the ITS website to access helpful materials and information related to Multifactor Authentication at Yale.

If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 203-432-9000. You also may visit one of the Walk-In Computer Support Centers or contact your local support provider.

Please be assured that Yale ITS is working continuously to protect your intellectual property, your personal information, and Yale’s data.


Rich Mikelinich
Chief Information Security Officer
Chief HIPAA Security Officer
Yale University Information Technology Services
Information Security, Policy & Compliance