To improve the security and privacy of employee accounts and State of Alaska data the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is making Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) available for Office 365 and other Azure Active Directory service (i.e. Outlook, Teams, OneDrive, etc.) to SOA Executive Branch Departments. Departments will determine which employees or employee groups will be enabled for MFA.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a common and effective tool against compromised passwords. It is used frequently by banking and commerce websites throughout the world. It uses two or more independent means of evidence to confirm the identity of a user accessing an application or service. You are already familiar with providing a username and password; this is something you know. The second method utilizes something you have, namely a device or phone number. The intent is to increase security with minimal impact on work.