At Peabody and at Johns Hopkins, we use a combination of MFA and VPN to access sensitive systems. MFA is available to students, faculty, and staff. VPN access is restricted to staff and some faculty and dependent on demonstrating need.
Multifactor Authentication is based on the idea that in addition to something you know (your username and password), you also prove who you are with something you have (a smartphone, etc.) or something you physically are (a fingerprint, facial recognition, etc.). The combination of these factors helps to ensure that the person typing in the username and password is who they say they are because they also have access to the additional factor.
At Peabody, we use Microsoft’s Authenticator app to provide multi-factor authentication. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Some staff and faculty may need to access systems that are fully internal to JHU. In these instances VPN access is required. All managed VPN setup is a three step process.
Note that laptops managed by Peabody come with the VPN software preinstalled. For more information please take a look at VPN FAQs / IT@JH