IT Security Alert

May 26: Action Required
Retirement of Passcode option for WashU Two-Factor Authentication Effective Today

Effective today, May 26, at 5:30pm CST, Washington University Information Technology is retiring the use of Passcode as an authentication method for WashU Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to enhance information security at WashU.

You are receiving this message due to your use of a passcode to authenticate your WashU credentials within the last 90 days.  Please follow the instructions in this message to ensure you have an alternate method available for your authentication needs. The Service Desk will also be available to provide assistance throughout the Memorial Day weekend, between 7:00am and 5:00pm central standard time.

Send Me a Push and Call Me will remain as methods for WashU Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).

Note: Due to the prevalence of cyber-attacks occurring on holiday weekends as well as recently detected security threats, the passcode retirements, which were scheduled for June 1 (Med) and June 24 (Danforth), have been rescheduled to today, May 26, at approximately 5:30pm CST.

May 26: Office 365 Security Enhancements

Washington University Information Technology is implementing security enhancements for students, faculty, and staff in Office 365, today, May 26, at 5:30 p.m. CST. The security enhancements through Microsoft 365 Defender will prevent and mitigate security risks for the university. The enhancements include “safe links” and “safe attachments.” These changes will not be retroactive; you will see the changes mentioned below on links and attachments that you receive starting on May 26, at 5:30 p.m. CST. This will not require any action on your part. 

Note: If you encounter any issues, the Service Desk will be available throughout the Memorial Day weekend, between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST.

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