DUO Security and Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

Elon University uses a two-factor authentication method of logging into the Colleague system. Two-factor authentication enhances the security of your online accounts by using your landline phone, mobile phone, or key fob to verify your identity. This prevents anyone but you from accessing your Colleague account, even if they know your password. DUO Security works with the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client to strengthen the security of your connection to Colleague.

It is recommended that you read through all instructions prior to attempting them.
  • Have a student who needs to access AnyConnect VPN? View our documentation on VPN Access for Student Workers.
  • If you are interested in accessing your network drive from off-campus, see our FAQ for information on how to use the AnyConnect client (available to download on the 'Installing AnyConnect' tab below) for off-campus access.

Getting Started

You must complete ALL steps below in order to complete the DUO Security process.

If you use a key fob, proceed to Step 2.

  1. Follow the Enrolling in DUO Instructions below to enroll the desired authentication method (mobile device, tablet, or landline). 
  2. Follow the Installing AnyConnect instructions below to install the AnyConnect VPN Client on your machine.
  3. Launch AnyConnect and follow the Using AnyConnect instructions below to complete two-factor authentication into the Colleague network. If you need to know how to authenticate with the DUO Mobile App, follow the Using DUO Mobile App instructions below.


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