On Monday, May 13,  the first phase of a new generation of network security rolls out at WSU.  Following months of planning, the Information Technology Services (ITS) project team is completing preparations for the shift to its new cloud-based network authentication solution.

Network authentication at WSU currently uses an individual’s network ID and password in order to access WSU business and student information resources including myWSU, Cougar Card Self Services, and more.

As part of phase one implementation, when a user logs in using the new system on May 13, things will look and feel the same.  Individuals will continue to use their network ID and password as they always have, gaining heightened security while still enjoying the comfort of a familiar process.

Additional phases of the project are in development in the coming months.  Once WSU procedures and policies are updated to include multi-factor authentication scenarios, phase two of the project implementation will include training, communications, and finally, the shift to using multiple security factors when accessing WSU resources and services.

Invitations to register the new authentication accounts are ongoing, with more than 22,000 users already on-boarded.  If you have not yet set up your Okta account, you can visit the self-service website, anytime.