All University Students, Faculty, Staff
Liberty University utilizes multi-factor authentication for network access to privileged accounts and non-privileged accounts.
The purpose of this policy is to define requirements for accessing Liberty University’s network and information systems whether on or off campus. These standards are designed to minimize the potential security exposure to Liberty University from damages that may result from unauthorized use of the university’s resources. Multifactor authentication adds a layer of security which helps deter the use of compromised credentials. Cyber criminals and hackers are becoming more clever in their efforts to not only steal information, but also modify data, remove data entirely, or spread malicious code, propaganda and spam. No organization is too big or small for such an attack. Password theft has also been on the rise with the use of methods such as key logging, phishing, and pharming. Requiring an additional layer of authentication will help alleviate the risk of a breach.
Definition of Glossary Terms
Key logging: Recording a log of keystrokes on a computer in order to gain access to passwords and other confidential information
Multi-factor authentication (MFA): Requiring two or more authentication methods for a secure login. Authentication factors are typically something you know (knowledge factor), something you have (possession factor) and something you are (inherence factor)
National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF): Provides a policy framework of computer security guidance for how private sector organizations in the United States can access and improve their ability
Pharming: Sending internet users to a false website that mimics a legitimate one
Phishing: Sending emails appearing to be from a reputable company in an effort to acquire personal information under false pretenses