Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
NIC is deploying Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA is considered a cybersecurity best practice and is widely used in colleges and universities worldwide to protect users and information systems. This extra layer of security will significantly increase the protection of student accounts, personal data and NIC’s information systems.
What is Multi-Factor Authentication?
This is a 2-step process to validate the person accessing NIC resources. An additional layer of protection that is simple to use combines your NIC username/password with something only you have access to like an SMS text, a phone call to a landline, or the Microsoft Authenticator app which can be downloaded to your mobile device from Google Play or Apple Store. MFA is becoming standard practice for institutions including banks, government, and colleges. If your password is compromised, your account will still be secured as the attacker will not have the additional factor required to log in.
For detailed instructions please see below.
MFA will only be required when accessing NIC services off-campus.
It registers the device (laptop, cell phone) to prevent unauthorized devices from trying to access our network.
When you log in to your NIC account off-campus, you will receive a notification asking you to confirm your log-in through one of the available methods:
and select “Scan QR Code.”
Or open the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device, Tap ‘+,’ choose ‘Work or school account,’ and select ‘Scan QR Code.’
Add an alternate method
Access your NIC myAccount here https://myaccount.microsoft.com/
SSPR – Self Service Password Reset NIC
Before you can use SSPR you will have to setup/confirm your authentication methods. The first/next time you login to myNIC, Office365, Brightspace etc. you will be guided to setup your SSPR options with a “More information required” box followed by the setup procedure and options.
You can go to https://myaccount.microsoft.com/ to setup and manage SSPR or
Go to https://www.office.com/ and select Sign In
Enter your NIC Email address and select “Next” (Eg. Jstudent@northislandcollege.ca) Then your current NIC password.
You will then be presented with the “More information required” box. Click Next and you will be guided through the SSPR setup procedure and options.
Once redirected to the setup options, you will be required to setup at least one of the three options available. It’s recommended at a minimum to use the Authentication Email and Security Questions. Setting up more than one option is the most secure method.
Once completed you will be redirected back to the regular logon. You will now have the ability to reset/change your password and unlock your account when necessary.
Resetting your password and unlocking your account
To reset your password or unlock your account you can go here https://passwordreset.nic.bc.ca
Follow the prompts to reset your password or recover/unlock your account.
Managing your password and security options
After setting up SSPR you can manage your security options or change your password at any time. To do this you can sign into your My Account here https://myaccount.microsoft.com/ or your Office365 here https://www.office.com/
Once signed in you can click your Avatar in the top right corner and click “View Account”
From there you can click on “Security info” or “Password” to manage your security info or change your password respectively.
Your myNIC Password is Your Key to NIC
All your services at NIC use the same password (myNIC, Brightspace, Office 365, etc.), so if you can’t get into one, you probably can’t get in to any.