Two-factor authentication is a way of replacing simple passwords (something you know) with, for example, something you know plus something you have, such as a cell phone, electronic key or security device. Two-factor auth is being implemented at Virginia Tech because higher education is increasingly becoming a target for hackers. They are after intellectual property, personal information, and financial information; and the attacks are more sophisticated than in the past. The goal of Virginia Tech’s 2-Factor Authentication Program is to increase security surrounding online systems and applications by implementing 2-factor authentication for “everyone, everything.” 2-factor will be the default, and one-factor the exception. 40,000+ users are expected to enroll by Fall, 2016.
A graduate of Hollins University, Ms. Dunker began her IT career as a systems programmer at Virginia Tech in 1978. With an extensive background in operating systems support, she became involved in efforts to secure the university’s information technology infrastructure as Director of Secure Enterprise Technology Initiatives (SETI) in 2003, earning the SANS GIAC Security Essentials Certification in 2004. Today, she directs Secure Identity Services and is responsible for setting direction for initiatives that include identity management and assurance, secure middleware and authentication, Enterprise Directory integration and support, PKI, and software development testing.
Mary chaired the InCommon Assurance Advisory Committee in 2012 and 2013. She has co-chaired the EDUCAUSE Higher Information Security Council Information Security Guide Editorial Board and the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Task Force Effective Practices and Solutions Working Group.