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Trust & Identity

The Internet2 Trust and Identity Infrastructure

Internet2 provides the community-built and community-driven trust and identity infrastructure that supports faculty and staff, researchers and scholars, and access to services across the U.S. and globally. 

The Internet2 identity and access management model centers on InCommon, the identity management federation that provides the policy and technical backbone for secure interactions, and allows single sign-on convenience for individuals. Under this model, colleges and universities manage the identity infrastructure and provide access to services—such as collaboration tools, business applications, course management solutions, and others—in a secure and privacy-preserving way.

Internet2 also now provides the TIER program (Trust and Identity in Education and Research). TIER is both an open-source toolset and a campus practice set. The TIER software includes a packaged suite of identity and access management components with ongoing development and a regular cadence of improvements and upgrades. In addition to providing software, the community collaborates on key practice sets needed to ensure interoperability, usability and cross-organizational trust and security.  

Our goal: ensuring that members of our community have access to the right services, at the right time, with the right protections and privacy considerations, while supporting easy collaboration globally.

 

Trust and Identity in Education and Research (TIER)

The TIER software includes a packaged suite of identity and access management components and APIs with ongoing development and a regular cadence of improvements and upgrades. Built by and for the community, ongoing collaboration on key practice sets needed to ensure interoperability, usability and cross-organizational trust and security.  

InCommon Federation

Internet2's InCommon operates the identity trust federation for U.S. research and education, allowing for a secure and privacy-preserving trust fabric to enable the sharing of protected resources, and offering users single sign-on convenience.

InCommon Certificate Service

The InCommon Certificate Service provides U.S. higher education with unlimited certificates for one fixed annual fee, including SSL, extended validation, client (personal), and code signing certificates.

InCommon Assurance Program

The InCommon Assurance Program certifies campuses and non-profit sponsored partners and research organizations that meet the requirements of the InCommon Bronze and Silver assurance profiles (which are comparable to the NIST Levels of Assurance 1 and 2). These practices determine the confidence in the accuracy of a user's electronic identity and help mitigate risk for the service provider.

InCommon Multifactor Authentication Program

The InCommon Multifactor Authentication Program provides affordable solutions for various methods of achieving the additional security offered through using additional factors of authentication.

Shibboleth

An open-source project that provides single sign-on capabilities and allows sites to make informed authorization decisions for the individual access of protected online resources in a privacy-preserving manner.

Grouper

Handles groups and access management across applications and tracks information such as campus affiliations or roles.

COmanage

COmanage (Collaborative Organization Management) is a software platform that allows collaborative groups to streamline and manage the identity-oriented requirements of common collaboration tools.

eduPerson and eduOrg

eduPerson and eduOrg are LDAP schema designed to include widely-used person and organizational attributes in higher education.

eduroam

The eduroam service provides instant, authenticated and encrypted network access to the users of all participating institutions.

MACE Registries

MACE administers the Uniform Resource Name (URN) Registry and the Object Identifier (OID) Registry.