BuckeyePass protects benefit and payroll info beginning September 12

As of Monday, September 12, BuckeyePass is protecting your personal information in the Employee Self Service (ESS) system within Human Resources. BuckeyePass is a multi-factor authentication service that provides a second layer of protection for university. You may already be using multi-factor authentication to log in to your bank account, email or social media accounts.

Why do we need BuckeyePass?
Cybercriminals are smart, they want your information and they are continually inventing new ways to get it. At some businesses phishing schemes have compromised an employee’s password, allowing the employee’s direct deposit payroll to be diverted to the cybercriminal’s account.

This specific threat is one of the reasons we chose the Employee Self Service (ESS) system as the first university-wide service to receive multi-factor protection. Employee Self Service includes personal data related to paychecks, benefits and leave. You will also log in to ESS to update your benefits during Open Enrollment later this autumn, so registering before then is critical.

How does it work?

  • Start by enrolling at https://buckeyepass.osu.edu
  • Choose how you want to receive your authentication code that will verify your identity:
    • Mobile app (app provided by Duo)
    • Text message
    • Telephone call
    • Hard token (in very limited circumstances)
  • When you access ESS information, you will first enter your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password
  • After you’ve entered your credentials, a security code will be sent to you by whichever method you chose during your BuckeyePass enrollment
  • Enter the enrollment code as a second identification step and you’ll be logged in to ESS
  • Users who need help technical help using BuckeyePass can call 614-688-HELP (4357)
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