Required Stronger Account Security Coming 2019

To: UCSC Faculty, Staff and Students

From: Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, Van Williams

I am writing to inform you about a new security measure that will be rolling out across campus called Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). By October 2019 of next year, MFA will become mandatory for key UCSC services. These include but are not limited to UCPath, Google Apps, MyUCSC, Canvas and CruzPay. Learn about MFA.

Implementing MFA at UCSC will allow us to begin to adopt the best practice of giving you one user ID and one password for all campus systems. This practice greatly enhances our ability to protect your accounts and your data.

When will the requirement begin?
ITS will begin a phased MFA roll-out over nine months beginning February 2019. You will receive advance notice on how and when to enroll in MFA and training opportunities before it becomes a campus requirement. We will also offer additional support and training for staff who do not normally use a computer. Visit this web page for the latest updates:

MFA is the right thing to do to protect our campus. As a research university, your intellectual property and our institutional data are of high interest to cyber criminals. Securing your account with MFA is an effective countermeasure to ensure that critical university systems are only accessed by authorized users.

If you have questions or concerns, please submit an IT Request ticket at, or contact the ITS Support Center by email or telephone 459-HELP(4357).

Thank you.