Use MFA for SSH logins

Follow this procedure to authenticate to an SSH session using ​Akamai MFA​.

Before you begin

Self-enroll in MFA and activate your trusted mobile device for authentication purposes.


The enrollment of security keys, including the WebAuthn/FIDO2 and phone security key, is not supported for SSH logins.

How to

  1. On your computer, launch the terminal.

  2. Log in to your SSH session by providing your username and passphrase or a cryptographic key pair.
    Upon a successful primary authentication, you’re redirected to ​Akamai MFA​.

  3. In the authentication prompt, select your preferred secondary authentication method. For example, to select the ​Akamai MFA​ push notification, click Send me a Push.
    You receive an authentication request in your account in the ​Akamai MFA​ mobile app on your enrolled device.

  4. Click the incoming alert to display the notification on your mobile device.

  5. In Login request, tap Allow to confirm your identity.

  6. ​Akamai MFA​ displays a confirmation message and redirects you to the SSH server.