Mandatory MFA registration starts October 9th, 2023. 

How do I register for MFA? 

For step by step instructions watch the video below or read the pdf document. 

MFA registration instructions

Multi–factor authentication is an additional security step used to verify a user’s identity when signing into their COM account. After signing in with a username and password, there is a dynamically generated verification code sent by Microsoft to a designated device, for users to input, which provides an additional layer of security. You are probably familiar with MFA if your bank sends you a text message when you log in. 

Note: Registration with MFA is needed to access VPN and applications outside of the COM network.

Why is MFA Needed?

This feature will stop hackers from getting access to our accounts by employing the two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication.

MFA is a standard practice at most colleges, universities, and businesses for when those businesses allow access to protected information. It helps protect personal and institutional information from theft, cyberattack, and ransomware. MFA protects your account and protects College of the Mainland because when you sign in, you prove your identity in two ways: with something you know (a password) and something you have (usually a phone). Use of MFA will be required for all who use have COM accounts.