MSU NetID & ID card
MSU NetIDs are assigned to all current faculty, staff, students, and retirees. The NetID personal identifier is a unique alphanumeric identifier auto-generated from the user’s name and serves as the login to many university computing and networking services.
The MSU ID Office also provides support for a wide variety of services tied to Spartan Cards, including electronic access control to buildings and parking gates and MSU Library services. Stop by the MSU ID Office to get your card.
Michigan State University safeguards personal and institutional data by applying two-factor authentication.
To access enterprise business systems, employees need to register two-factor authentication credentials. To ensure you have access to your information at all times, it is important to register two devices.
Various technology services are available to the MSU community including:
- Collaborative tools like email, Spartan 365, and MSU Google Apps/G Suite for Education
- Storage options for files, media, and departments
- Department hardware and software, including campus site licenses
- Survey tool as part of Qualtrics enterprise license
- Conferencing resources like Zoom
- Video production to consult, scope, and produce video
- Electronic forms and digitized signatures
- Application development and integration
MSU employees currently gain access to certain systems and applications through an access request process coordinated by MSU Information Technology. Access requests to a variety of information systems, mainframe data files, and reporting databases are granted by either electronic (eARM) or hard copy access request memorandum (ARM).
Various data management solutions help support the administrative needs of the university.
SecureIT safe computing tips
SecureIT offers information and tips for keeping your personal information and computer safe. It also provides information about securing institutional data.
Passwords & phishing
- Create strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone, including your parents.
Learn more about strong passwords.
- Don’t respond to emails asking for your password and NetID or account information.
Learn more about what to look for in a phishing email.
- Report phishing attempts to alert MSU to potential widespread phishing.
Learn more about reporting email phishing or computer system and network abuse to MSU.
- Store confidential data on a secured server and connect to the server if you need to access that data.
Read the MSU Institutional Data Policy.
- Avoid storing multiple copies of confidential data and lock your computer when leaving it unattended.
Know the best practices for securing institutional data.
- Avoid sending confidential data by email.
Understand how to handle institutional and confidential data.