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Multi-Factor Authentication

Duo multi-factor authentication (MFA) is required to access Vanderbilt University's Pulse VPN service and other applications listed here .

Service Description

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) provides an additional layer of security for users logging in to a secure environment.

MFA leverages three types of authentication:

  • Something you know (VUnetID & password)
  • Something you have (physical device)
  • Something you are ( e.g. fingerprint, facial recognition)

Vanderbilt University uses Duo Security as its MFA solution. Duo makes authentication easy by allowing individuals to verify their identity via mobile app or Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) device.

You are welcome to enroll in MFA. However, please contact your application owner to find out if your application currently requires it. VUnetID authentication is required to request Multi-Factor Authentication.

Support Contacts

Help Desk

Service Charges or Fees

There are currently no service charges or fees for this service. 

Requesting Service

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Self Service Portal

To request adding MFA to an application, please go to IT Project and Information Consulting, and request a consultation. 

What You Can Request

Enroll in MFA
Add MFA to an application 

Documentation and Service Information Links

Welcome to Duo
Duo Enrollment Guide and Video

Supported Devices   

Cell Phones
*Vanderbilt is not allowing landline or SMS enrollment

If you do not have a smart device or do not wish to use your smart device, you may purchase a security token from Yubico at the links below:

YubiKey FIPS

YubiKey C FIPS


This token can then be enrolled and used as your second factor of authentication. 

To enroll your security token, please call the Help Desk at 615-343-9999.  You will need to have your token in hand and be ready to provide the operator with the serial number.

Related Services

Data Use Agreements (DUA)
Privileged Account Management (PAM)
Threat Monitoring, Detection, and Response (TMDR)
IT Security Policy Development and Lifecycle
Vulnerability and Systems Posture Assessment (VASPA)
IT Risk Assessment
IT Security Awareness and Training
IT Security Consulting
IT Compliance Assessment
Single Sign On
Project Initiation
Authentication Services


Identity and Access Management 

Service Category