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InCommon, operated by Internet2, provides a secure and privacy-preserving trust fabric for research and higher education, and their partners, in the United States. InCommon's identity management federation serves 10 million end-users (IPEDS data; November 2016. InCommon also operates a related assurance program, and offers certificate and multifactor authentication services.

MCNC's Mark Johnson on Federated Identity and the Steward Program

MCNC's chief technology strategist, Mark Johnson, has published an article about the importance of federated identity and how it relates to K-14 education and the InCommon Steward Program. "MCNC and InCommon completed the required legal agreements last year to begin this work," Johnson writes, "and it currently serves as a model for what is expected to be important software infrastructure for education in the years to come."

Registration Open for Two InCommon Shibboleth Installation Workshops

Registration is open for InCommon Shibboleth Installation Workshops in Ann Arbor, Michigan (April 4-5) and Denver, Colorado (June 13-14). The two-day training sessions cover both the Identity Provider (IdPv3) software and the Service Provider software, as well as some integration issues. For details and to register, go to

Internet2 Trust and Identity Releases 2016 Accomplishments Report

The Internet2 and InCommon communities made significant strides during 2016 and we've developed a jam-packed report as a celebration!

  • Extending the Federation through eduGAIN and the Steward Project proof of concept (K-14)

  • Developing the first two TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research) software releases.

  • And much more!

We invite you to read the report and we thank all of our community members for their contributions.

Incident Handling Process in Place for InCommon Federation

InCommon Federation logoA change in the Federation Operating Policies and Practices (FOPP) allows the InCommon Federation Operator to take immediate remediation actions in the case of a security incident. That change, and a new incident handling process that documents how InCommon will act in the face of a security incident, are introduced in a blog post. The incident handling framework is now available on the wiki.

InCommon, TIER, and Trust and Identity at Internet2

Trust and Identity whiteboard videoFor more-detailed information on TIER, watch the archived webinar: What is TIER and What Does it Mean for Me?

This whiteboard video provides an overview of how Internet2's trust and identity framework—including community-developed infrastructure services like InCommon and TIER—allows higher education institutions to offer collaborative experiences, run more efficient and secure IT operations, share improved administrative practices, and enable incredible discoveries.

New Certificate Service Case Studies

Dollars saved, central approval and decentralized provisioning, unlimited certs -- those are a few of the reasons campuses subscribe to the InCommon Certificate Service. Read our new case studies from the University of Minnesota and the University of Rochester for the details.

Hear About TIER

Take a look at our TIER video to see what CIOs are saying about TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research), a community-driven consistent approach to identity and access management. TIER aims to simplify campus processes and advance inter-institutional collaboration and research. TIER is both an open-source toolset (which includes Shibboleth IdP and Grouper, among other components) and a campus practice set.

Shibboleth Identity Provider V3 Hall of Fame

Do you operate a Shibboleth IdP in the InCommon Federation? Have you upgraded to the Shibboleth Identity Provider V3? Check out our Hall of Fame of IdPv3 participants. End-of-life of IdPv2 is nigh - July 31, 2016. If you haven't done so, make your plans to upgrade and add your IdP to our list.

Items of Interest

InCommon Working Groups

Internet2 Trust and Identity 2016 Accomplishments

InCommon 18-month report (Jan 2015 - June 2016)

Working with Sponsored Partners

InCommon Basics and Resources Booklet [PDF]

Federation Return on Investment

InCommon Overview [PPT]

All About Attributes

InCommon Privacy Policy

Roadmap for NSF Cyberinfrastructure




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