Good Practices

These tips will help you use Duo effectively so that you maintain access to University applications and keep your information more secure.


Duo Security is required for all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Minnesota. Duo adds an additional layer of protection to anything that requires your University internet ID for authentication. 
Anyone with a UMN Internet ID can use Duo Security multi-factor authentication for all University sign-in pages. Duo Security is required for all students, faculty, and staff.
There are many ways to verify your identity using Duo Security. Select an authentication method from the table of contents to learn more. In this article:
Cisco AnyConnect is the primary Virtual Private Network (VPN) tool supported by the University of Minnesota. All VPNs require Duo Security Multi-Factor Authentication (Duo). 
Certain Departmental Pools, Full Tunnel VPN, and Split Tunnel VPN Pools require Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) through


Users agree to comply with the laws or regulations of the United States Department of Commerce, the United States Department of Treasury Foreign Assets Control, or any other applicable United States foreign agency or
You can set up Duo Security for departmental accounts.
Users who handle the personal information of others or large volumes of sensitive data can add a second layer of security (multi-factor authentication) by leveraging Duo with their application.
Managers or supervisors with employees who have a business need to access databases and enterprise-level applications that use Duo must request access to those services and if employees leave the University they need
You can use Duo authentication when traveling internationally or if you live outside of the United States, unless you are traveling to or live in a U.S.-embargoed country.

Self-Help Guides

Duo Security adds an additional layer of security to the information you access online.