UBC Okanagan Global Message

This email is being sent to all faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus on behalf of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

Enhanced CWL being implemented across UBC

Enrol by May 31, 2019

Dear colleagues,

Keeping information secure is a priority at UBC, and as part of our ongoing effort to enhance cybersecurity we are introducing Enhanced CWL (multifactor authentication) to all faculty and staff across the university. As cybersecurity tools become more sophisticated, hackers are targeting users, not computers, to discover and exploit their credentials.

Multifactor authentication uses your password, along with a second verification step -- a uniquely generated number sent by phone or a number generated by a security token -- to validate logins.

By adding this technology to university applications, we will strengthen security by requiring two or more methods to verify a user’s identity.

Beginning in May, IT, Media and Classroom Services is implementing Enhanced CWL on UBC services gradually. When you login to these applications, you may, based on the risk context of the specific authentication request, be asked to verify your identity by using a secondary method in addition to your password.

In order to avoid interruptions after the change, I invite you to enrol your account to Enhanced CWL now by visiting *hxxps://mfadevices.id.ubc.ca. All UBC Okanagan faculty and staff will need to enrol by May 31, 2019.

Although this has been deployed extensively in higher education across the globe, we are among the first universities in Canada to introduce multi-factor authentication broadly into our applications. I am pleased that we are taking the next step to keep our community’s information secure.

For more information about the project, please visit the Enhanced CWL page at *hxxps://privacymatters.ubc.ca/enhancedcwl or contact IT, Media & Classroom Services at *hxxps://it.ok.ubc.ca/enhancedcwl


Prof. Deborah Buszard
UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Principal, UBC Okanagan

*Please Note: For added security, we have changed links to include an hxxps:// prefix. This removes the hyperlink from the message. Simply copy and paste the URL into a web browser and replace hxxps:// with https://. Together we can keep our information secure.