OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SECURITY, UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH
July 17, 2019
We are pleased to announce the availability of two-step login for all students at UC San Diego. Implementing two-step login is one of the most impactful things our campus can do to protect user privacy.
Optional two-step login usage is open now, and will be required for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as medical and pharmacy students on October 16.
Two-step login is already in place on many of the digital platforms you may use. Apple, Google, and many banks use two-step login when you securely access their sites. Those sites prompt you to enter a separate passcode sent by email, text, or phone call to validate your login. UC San Diego’s process is similar and extremely simple. Most of you will choose to complete this second step using a free smartphone app that is easily downloaded on your mobile device.
Two-step login will be required to gain access to nearly all of your online UC San Diego functions, including registering for classes, paying bills, performing a degree audit, and connecting via VPN. In the coming weeks, two-step login will become necessary to log in to UC San Diego’s access to Google Apps. Medical and pharmacy students may already be using two-step login to access certain Health-related applications.
As a UC San Diego student, the benefits of two-step login include:
• Increased overall privacy and account security
All faculty and staff are currently using two-step login, as are students at most of the other UC campuses.
We encourage you to begin using two-step login today. Visit twostep.ucsd.edu for a full explanation of the rationale for implementing two-step login, along with FAQs and user guides. Please direct questions to the Service Desk at email@example.com or 858-246-4357, or by visiting the walk-up desk on the first floor of the AP&M building. Remote help desks will be available in October to assist students with limited access to technology and/or require ADA accommodation.