BuckeyePass is coming soon to eReports and BuckIQ

BuckeyePass multifactor authentication protectionwill provide an extra layer of protection to eReports and BuckIQ beginning on Saturday, November 12.

In September, BuckeyePass was implemented at Ohio State. All employees now use this service to log into the Employee Self Service (ESS) system. Anyone who needs to change or renew benefits will also be using BuckeyePass to log in during Open Enrollment next month. Some departments who use a virtual private network to allow staff to work remotely are also using BuckeyePass to provide extra security when remote users connect.

When you use BuckeyePass, you will be asked for your OSU username and password. Next, BuckeyePass will ask you to provide a second form of authentication. This can be provided through one of the following:

  • Push notification to a smartphone or tablet with the Duo Mobile application installed
  • Automatic phone call to a landline or mobile phone
  • Passcode generated through the Duo Mobile application
  • Passcodes sent via SMS/text to your device
  • Passcode generated using a hard token

NOTE: Retrieving the second form of authentication can only be done by using a device you registered in BuckeyePass and have in your possession.

Users only need to sign up once. Anyone who is already using BuckeyePass for ESS or any other system will automatically be able to use it to log in to eReports and BuckIQ. There is no need to register again or make changes with this new application of the tool.

If you have not yet signed up, you can go to the BuckeyePass link to register.

Why do we need BuckeyePass?

BuckeyePass is a multi-factor authentication service that provides a second layer of protection for university online services. Why? Cybercriminals are smart, they want your information and they are continually inventing new ways to get it. At some businesses phishing schemes have compromised employee passwords, allowing employee direct deposit payroll to be diverted to the cybercriminals account. Using BuckeyePass. This specific threat is one of the reasons we chose to implement BuckeyePass for ESS as the first university-wide service to receive multi-factor protection. Now, if cybercriminals somehow steal a staff members password, they will not be able to log into our systems without the additional code from Duo.


If you have additional questions, please contact us at BuckeyePass@osu.edu or visit buckeyepass.osu.edu. Users who need help using BuckeyePass can also call the IT Service Desk at 614-688-HELP (4357) for assistance.