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Schlagwort: ‘MFA’

Welcome to the Summer Semester 2024!

April 10th, 2024 | by
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The nights are getting shorter and the days are getting long again – time for a new semester to start!

With this in mind, we would like to welcome you and wish you a successful summer semester 2024!

Studying has become much more digital in recent years. This means that people are not only learning from books but also a lot on their laptops, tablets and smartphones. Are you already connected?

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Spoofing: An Underestimated Threat

March 18th, 2024 | by
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In the world of IT security, there are a variety of threats that can affect companies and individuals alike. One of these threats that is often underestimated is spoofing. Spoofing is a technique where the attacker attempts to disguise their true identity in order to gain access to sensitive information. In doing so, they attempt to cause damage or pretend to be a trustworthy source. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the technique of spoofing, show the different forms it can take and explain how companies and individuals can protect themselves against spoofing attacks.

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Video Tutorials on Multifactor-Authentication and the Token Manager

March 8th, 2024 | by
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On February 1, 2024, the RWTH Aachen University introduced multifactor-authentication (MFA) for the VPN service. This will significantly improve the protection of the IT services you use.

You can learn how to use MFA for VPN and how to set up your second authentication factor in the Token Manager in the first videos in our video series on multifactor-authentication, which we are presenting to you today.

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Data Protection Day: Our Privacy

January 29th, 2024 | by
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On January 28, we celebrate European Data Protection Day to draw attention to the importance of data protection. This annual event is a reminder of the fundamental right to privacy and highlights efforts to strengthen the protection of personal data.

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More IT Security for VPN: Introduction of MFA

January 24th, 2024 | by
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Due to the growing digitalization in the private and professional environment, the risk of cyberattacks and phishing attacks is also constantly increasing. Universities are also becoming an increasingly frequent target of such attacks. This is why IT security is a key issue at RWTH Aachen University.

On February 1, 2024, multifactor-authentication (MFA) will be introduced for the VPN service at RWTH. This will significantly improve the protection of the IT services you use. The following blog post will explain what you need to do now.


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Cluster security – MFA Now Mandatory

January 10th, 2024 | by
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In May 2020, several supercomputers in Europe were attacked by hackers. They used compromised accounts of users on external systems. To prevent such attacks, the introduction of multi-factor authentication on the HPC cluster is an important step.

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Security Mechanisms Unravelled: MFA

January 3rd, 2024 | by
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Multifactor-authentication (MFA) is a security method that enables access to digital resources such as devices, networks or online services by combining multiple authentication factors. Essentially, MFA requires at least two independent confirmations of a user’s identity to access the resource.

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Multifactor Authentication in IdM Selfservice

May 31st, 2023 | by

IT security is a major and important topic at RWTH Aachen University and the IT Center.

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Already in 2021, it was reported that the introduction of multifactor-authentication (Mfa) would provide systems with greater security against unauthorized access.

In order to offer the MFA protection to further services the IdM Selfservice is now equipped with the so-called “MFA Tokenmanager”.

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Protecting the HPC account with MFA

January 27th, 2023 | by

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At least a little less than a dozen of Europe’s supercomputers were taken offline simultaneously in May 2020. Several university centres in Europe have been attacked by hackers and had to go offline. The unknown perpetrators hacked the accounts of the users in order to gain access to the supercomputers. Fortunately, our high-performance computer was not affected, but JURECA, JUWELS and JUDAC at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Hawk at the Stuttgart High Performance Computing Centre and the supercomputers at the Leibzig Computing Centre (LRZ), for example, fell victim to the attack.

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Better Safe Than Sorry – Multifactor-Authentication

May 5th, 2021 | by
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In the context of the current pandemic and the latest massive cyberattacks, IT security is more relevant than ever in our daily lives. With many people working from home and using cloud applications to access corporate data, the risk of unauthorised access to this data is growing. . Passwords can be stolen in various manners, ranging from looking over one’s shoulder, a break-in at a service provider on the Internet to malware. Passwords are particularly susceptible to being stolen. Additionally, if you use the same password for multiple services, the quantity of stolen data might be massive. What can we do to ensure our data remains secure?

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