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Secure Identity Services

Secure Identity Services (SIS) is responsible for supporting Virginia Tech’s online identity management and authentication processes. SIS provides secure access to information resources, and supports robust web applications, middleware, online directories, and authentication technologies that integrate with teaching, learning, research, and outreach services throughout the university.

Mary Dunker
Executive Director

G Suite for Education
Virginia Tech Google accounts no longer uses a separate password; Google apps moved to VT Login service

Virginia Tech Passphrase Rules
More-secure passphrases replaced passwords

To ensure the security of personal data and university resources, the Division of Information Technology is updating account creation and management processes and implementing new password complexity rules on January 29th.

Keeping track of your eduroam (WiFi) password is about to get easier

When you need to re-enter your eduroam WiFi password (aka your Network Password), can you remember it? Neither can we! To help, the process is about to get easier. Beginning January 29th, you will be able to retrieve or re-set an auto-generated password each time you need to connect a device.

2-Factor Authentication will become mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech on July 4th, 2016.
2-Factor Authentication becomes mandatory July 4!

2-Factor Authentication will become mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech on July 4th, 2016. If you have not yet enrolled, please take a few minutes to do so!

2-Factor Authentication
University 2-Factor Authentication

In response to recent phishing scams and related vulnerabilities, Virginia Tech is implementing a high-security login process referred to as 2-factor authentication. An attack on your password isn't enough to allow unauthorized access to information when logging in also requires use of a physical device.

What you should know about tax-related identity theft

The IRS defines tax-related identity theft as theft that occurs when someone uses your stolen social security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Employees are urged to be vigilant in protecting their social security number and to be aware of the risk of tax-related identity theft.

Virginia Tech receives InCommon Silver assurance for identity credentials

Virginia Tech became the first university to be certified to assert a "Silver" level of assurance with the InCommon Federation. InCommon, operated by Internet2, provides a secure and privacy-preserving trust fabric for research and higher education, and their partners, in the United States. InCommon operates an identity management federation, as well as a related assurance program. Assurance practices determine the confidence in the accuracy of a user's electronic identity and help mitigate risk for the provider of services within the federation.

Virginia Tech Global Server

On March 16, 2011, Virginia Tech established a new digital certificate service to issue Virginia Tech Global Servercertificates at no cost to Virginia Tech users. With a contract with Global Sign in place, these new certificates benefit from automatic trust by most popular Web browsers and applications. This relationship provides a major step forward in maintaining website security by providing a trusted digital certificate without the expense of purchasing a commercial digital certificate for each website needing one.