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Implementation of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for HKUVPN Service Starting from 4 January 2016

Implementation of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for HKUVPN Service Starting from 4 January 2016

ITS is now in the process of implementing Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for the University’s Virtual Private Network (“HKUVPN”).  From 4 January 2016 onwards, on top of the login step using HKU Portal UID/PIN, a one-time password (token code) will be required for authenticating the access to the HKUVPN service.  For smooth service transition, the old HKUVPN login mechanism of using only HKU Portal UID/PIN will run in parallel with the new HKUVPN service with 2FA until 31 March 2016

Existing HKUVPN users should have already received our email notification about the introduction of the new 2FA authentication, procedures for user registration and new VPN software client installation/configuration.  For details, users can refer to our webpage at http://www.its.hku.hk/documentation/guide/network/remote/hkuvpn2fa.

Two briefing sessions (identical in contents) will be held to help users understand more about the 2FA mechanism, registration and configuration procedures on using HKUVPN with 2FA.  Details are as follows-

Session 1

Date: 14 January 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 4-5pm
Venue: T6, Meng Wah Complex Language: Cantonese
Registration Link : https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?&UEID=40667

Session 2

Date: 27 January 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 4-5pm
Venue: LE6, Library Extension Building Language: English
Registration Link: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?&UEID=40670

All staff and students are welcome to join either one of the above sessions. They are also invited to let us have their feedback on using the 2FA instituted as this secure authentication means will be extended to other central IT services at a later stage, say, accessing HKU Portal outside campus network. 

In case you have any questions or feedback on the above, please feel free to contact our Service Desk at ithelp@hku.hk or 3917 0123.

Thank you for your attention.

Regards

John Lam
Information Security Team
Information Technology Services