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July 14, 2015: Faculty, staff and affiliates will be required to sign up for Duo no later than September 30. You can easily register for it when you renew your certificates in July.

IS&T provides access to Duo, a two-factor authentication application that leverages cellphones, landlines and smartphones as an "Approve" or "Deny" system to identify users. Duo is a self-service web application that is being used for Touchstone-enabled web applications at MIT.

Encryption

Encryption is a method of securing data by scrambling the bits of a computer's files so that they become illegible. The only method of reading the encrypted files is by decrypting them with a key; the key is unlocked with a password.

Legal Compliance

As part of doing business at an institute of higher learning and as an Internet Service Provider (ISP), MIT must ensure that individuals who use its IT resources are following the rules and legal requirements of the local, state and federal governments. DMCA (Digital Milennium Copyright Act), PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards), and the Massachusetts Data Privacy Law 201 CMR 17 are just a few regulations that MIT must comply with.

Spam Filtering

Unwanted and unsolicited email, otherwise known as spam, is on average 78% of all email sent. To reduce the amount of spam coming into our inboxes, spam filters have been put in place on MIT's email system.

Most malware attacks today occur through a combination of spam and compromised web pages. Interacting with spam can put your personal information at risk as well as download a virus to your machine that may spread to other computers on the network.

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