Published: February 02, 2021
Updated: July 22, 2022
Jira is a perfect tool to organize work and manage big projects effectively. However, as it allows to greatly increase the number of collaborators, security threats rise respectively. Fortunately, there is a solution. Learn how to protect your data with Jira 2FA, suitable for your software version.
How to Enforce Jira Cloud Two-Factor Authentication
How to Stop Enforcing 2FA for Jira Cloud
Temporarily Exclude Users From Jira Cloud 2FA
Jira Server 2FA With App
The most efficient way to protect your data from leaks if your Jira instance is deployed on your own server is to add a special plugin, for example, 2FA for Jira: U2F & TOTP by Alpha Serve. You can download it directly from the Atlassian Marketplace. Similar security apps are also available for other Atlassian products.
2FA for Jira: U2F & TOTP is the Jira two-factor authentication app that supports both TOTP and U2F, which means you can pick a suitable second factor of verification and change it anytime. It may be either mobile application, such as Google Authenticator, 2STP, Authy, etc., or security key via USB, NFC, and Bluetooth devices like Yubico Yubikey, NitroKey, or Feitian.
2FA for Jira: U2F & TOTP has a bunch of other benefits, such as easy configuration, tracking U2F activity, safe backup codes, IP whitelisting, possibility to require all users or specific groups to enable 2FA, and so on.
How To Install and Enable Jira Server 2FA App
To add the plugin, log into Jira as administrator, select the Atlassian Marketplace in the admin drop-down menu, and find the app you want.
To start using 2FA for Jira, one needs to register an authenticator app and add a U2F device if necessary. For this log in to the plugin as usual and scan a QR code generated by 2FA on the Jira login page with an authenticator app; then enter a verification code generated by the app to the Jira Login page and click Enable 2 factor authentication; click Add Account in the app. After that a new U2F device may be added on the configuration page.
How to Configure 2FA for Jira?
How Does 2FA for Jira: U2F & TOTP Work?
After enabling 2FA, a second-factor authentication page will appear each time after entering username and password at login to Jira. You will need to either go to the authentication app, generate validation code and enter it at the Jira Login page, or plug U2F device in, click Submit, and press the button on the device.