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Press Release
October 14th, 2015

Merit Network Offers Duo Security’s Two-Factor Authentication Solution to Members

Protects Merit Members from Phishing Attacks and Data Breaches

Merit Network, a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan's public universities, and Duo Security, a cloud-based access security provider protecting the world’s largest and fastest-growing companies, today announces that they have partnered to help higher education, K-12 and its members stop data breaches and phishing attacks using two-factor authentication.

“We’re proud to offer our easy and effective two-factor solution to Merit Network members,” said Dug Song, CEO and co-founder of Duo Security. “While phishing attacks are nothing new in the education community, we’ve modernized multifactor authentication so that it’s easy for faculty and staff as well as administrators. We’re looking forward to seeing Merit Members proactively fight against data breaches.”

Merit Members can now use Duo’s authentication tool to provide an additional layer of protection over the typical username and password process with minimal effort. In a single dashboard, IT teams and administrators can manage all faculty and staff logins in order to protect sensitive data including payroll systems, human resources programs, and more. Hundreds of educational institutions trust Duo to protect their data, including Bonita Unified School District, Duke University, Virginia Tech, and more.

"We are excited to include Duo Security's two-factor authentication solution in our growing Cyber Security Defense portfolio for our Members,” said Joe Sawasky, President and CEO of Merit Network. “Security breach attempts are a constant threat to our Member community, two-factor authentication is a key component in helping to protect user authentication and authorization to gain access to critical systems within an organization."

For Merit Members who are interested in deploying Duo’s two-factor authentication solution, please contact or 734-527-5785.

About Duo Security Duo Security is a cloud-based access security provider protecting the world’s fastest-growing companies and thousands of organizations worldwide, including Dresser-Rand Group, Etsy, Facebook, K-Swiss, The Men’s Warehouse, Paramount Pictures, Random House, SuddenLink, Toyota, Twitter, Yelp, Zillow, and more. Duo Security’s innovative and easy-to-use technology can be quickly deployed to protect users, data, and applications from breaches, credential theft and account takeover. Duo Security is backed by Benchmark, Google Ventures, Radar Partners, Redpoint Ventures and True Ventures. Try it for free at

About Merit Network Merit Network, Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan's public universities, owns and operates America's longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan's public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking solutions to Michigan's public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations. For more information:

Sally Feller
PR Manager
Duo Security

Elwood Downing
Merit Network, Inc.
(734) 527-5702