Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)#

KU Leuven Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) is an augmented level of security which, as the name suggests, requires multiple steps when authenticating. The following two factors are necessary to connect to the KU Leuven clusters:

  • A valid private key

  • Access to a VSC-associated university/institution account

This approach ensures that if your private key is compromised, the person who has unauthorized access to it will still not be able to abuse your VSC account. This document provides two methods to connect to the KU Leuven clusters with MFA. The first method, without an agent, is easier to get started with, but requires some repetitive steps with each connection. The second method, with an agent, requires some more effort to set up initially but will be easier when you need multiple connections or you are using some specific GUI applications to connect.