Students: Sign Up for 2-Step Verification

July 3, 2018

Dear Student,

This is a notification that you are required to sign up for 2-Step verification by Sept. 24, 2018.  

What is two-step verification?

Two-step verification is a requirement to provide additional assurance that you are who you say you are when you use your CalNet ID to access University systems. This process typically utilizes a cell phone, but there are other options available. This new verification option ensures that you are the only person who can access your CalNet account, even if your passphrase is stolen. We are calling the Berkeley implementation the CalNet 2-Step. This approach is widely used, so you may be already using it with other online applications or to access your bank account.

Why am I required to do this?

Because you use your CalNet accounts for many tasks, from emails to enrollment, a hacker could drop you from your classes, change your grading options, or impersonate you and email others. Two-step verification protects your account from those attackers.

UC Berkeley’s research, intellectual property, institutional and personal data are extremely valuable and attractive to cyber criminals. The use of stolen CalNet account usernames and passphrases is a serious, ongoing threat to the security of campus systems and data and is the most frequent way campus systems are compromised. In response to this threat, we have joined many of our peer institutions in providing two-step verification technology to protect all CalNet accounts. All faculty and staff have already signed up for and are currently protected by two-step verification.  

Sign up now and you can enter a raffle to win an iPad!

While the deadline for students to sign-up for the CalNet 2-Step is Sept. 24, we encourage you to sign-up as soon as possible to avoid a last minute crunch.

Thank you for helping Cal maintain its prestige and security. In doing so, you are protecting yourself as well as the University. Go Bears!


Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Stephen Sutton, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer

Jeremy Rosenberg, Chief Information Security Officer