Microsoft 365 - MultiFactor Authentication Setup


Introduction - What is Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)?

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is an authentication method that requires the user to provide
two or more verification factors to gain access to their online account. MFA is a core component of a strong identity and access management (IAM) policy. Rather than just asking for a username and password, MFA requires one or more additional verification factors, which decreases the likelihood of a successful cyber attack. The main benefit of MFA is it will enhance your organization's security by requiring your users to identify themselves by more than a username and password.

While important, usernames and passwords are vulnerable to brute force attacks and can be
stolen by third parties. Enforcing the use of an MFA leveraging either the Microsoft Authenticator
Application (preferred) or a phone call means increased confidence that your organization will stay safe
from cyber criminals.

This document will outline the procedure needed to successfully complete your MFA registration
using your mobile phone to ensuring account security.

Second factors for two-factor authentication methods

Allowed Factors

o Phone Factor (Phone Call)
o Token via Mobile App
o Push notification via Mobile App (Phone needs to be connected to the internet)

Disallowed Factors
o SMS Text Message
o Hardware Token
o Mail

We recommend configuring two methods for MFA. The easiest method to use is Push Notification via
the Microsoft Authenticator app found in the Google Play and Apple App Store. The app is free of charge
to download and use.

How to configure your first, second factor with Azure MFA

To complete the setup, you will need to download the Microsoft Authenticator application by
scanning one of the QR codes below with your mobile device:

Once the app is installed, launch it and tap on Add account

Then select Work or school account:

On your pc, point your browser to and press enter:

Enter your email address and click Next:

Enter your password and click Sign in:

Click "Sign in to your account"

Click Next to begin the MFA registration:

Once the Authenticator app is installed on your mobile device click Next:

Click "Next"

Use your phone to scan the QR code in the authenticator app

Verify that the number on your screen (left) matches the number on your mobile device (right):

Click "Next"

Click "Done"

Click next to sign into your account.

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