MCLA Multi-Factor Authentication for Email and Microsoft Office 365 Access
Multi-Factor authentication (a.k.a. MFA) is a security method to help better protect email accounts and Office 365 access by adding a layer of protection to the sign-in process. In addition to entering a password, this added security requires users to approve their sign-ins using a mobile device or telephone. This way if a user account password is somehow exposed, the account can stay protected by the second factor that is required to gain access.
All MCLA accounts will soon have MFA turned on. MFA will not be required when signing on to the main MCLA Portal, but will appear when accessing any Microsoft related services that MCLA has available, such as email, teams, and sharepoint. This documentation will walk you through how to prepare for the use of this security requirement and provide guidance on usage.
Step 1 - Prepare
We recommend you follow this checklist to prepare for the account security transition to MFA. These steps can be completed anytime, but its best to do before MFA is turned on for your account.
- Review the "What is: Multifactor Authentication" Microsoft article.
- Download the Microsoft Authentication App on your Android and Apple IOS phone.
- We also recommend ensuring that your security information for your account is updated. If you don't have a mobile device to use the authenticator app or would like to ensure you have a backup method for authentication, linking an alternate phone number to your account can be helpful. Check out the managing your security info