Authentication is the process of determining that “you are who you say you are,” for the purposes of accessing online services. Duke uses the open-source tool Shibboleth to provide authentication to online services. At Duke, you authenticate to most online services with your NetID and a password and often, your chosen method of multi-factor authentication (MFA). Some Duke services are also accessible via a OneLink account.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-factor authentication -- also known as two-step or two-factor authentication -- provides an extra layer of security by requiring a second method of verifying your identity before granting access to an online service. It ensures that the device you are using is your own. At Duke, multi-factor authentication is required for most online services, including Duke@Work.

Duke uses Duo to provide multi-factor authentication services. When you log in to a site requiring multi-factor authentication, you’ll see the image on this page, which provides the authentication options available to you.