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Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is an authentication method that requires the user to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a resource such as an application, online account, or VPN. Rather than just asking for a username and password, MFA requires one or more additional verification factors, decreasing the likelihood of a successful cyber attack.

When you go to a resource, such as MyPCC, Banner, Spaces, or the VoIP system, you will be prompted to authenticate using MFA for each system. Additionally, each of these systems have independent time-out configurations based upon the sensitivity of information contained within. Because of this, you may experience getting logged out of certain systems at different intervals, and which requires you to sign in to each system multiple times a day.

We encourage those who are unfamiliar with MFA to take a look at this quick video for additional information, and for PCC employees who are interested, visit our Additional Resources content linked below.

Additional Information:

  • Faculty will not be prompted to login with MFA when on-site


  • Prevents 99.9% of threat actors from trying to access PCC employee resources
  • Faculty will not need to utilize MFA when onsite

Service Availability: 24/7

Service Owner: Customer Support & Communications

At a glance

Who uses this service

Employees, Faculty

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For more information or technical assistance, contact the IT Service Desk