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Deadline Extended - Call for Participation: The Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Cohortium
From: Steve Olshansky <steveo () INTERNET2 EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 17:21:25 +0000
The deadline for applications to participate in the Multi-Factor Authentication Cohortium has been moved to April 26,
2013. Whether you have a current deployment of multi-factor authentication, or you think you may be deploying some time
in the next few years, the Cohortium will be a great place to learn from others and share your experiences.
See below for further details.
Director, Federated Technologies
Begin forwarded message:
From: Steve Olshansky <steveo () internet2 edu>
Subject: Call for Participation: The Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Cohortium
Date: March 12, 2013 5:06:36 PM MDT
To: <SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU>
Reply-To: "cohortium-reg () internet2 edu" <cohortium-reg () internet2 edu>
The Internet2 Scalable Privacy Project (ScalePriv), funded with the recent NSTIC grant
to Internet2, is seeking campuses to participate in the Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)
Cohortium" (see definition below). Applications are open until April 12, 2013.
The MFA Cohortium is a ScalePriv-supported group of institutions sharing their
explorations, experiences, expertise, artifacts, and overall "journey" in learning about,
planning for, and deploying multi-factor authentication for a variety of key use cases
within each institution, as well as federated access to services. It will be a facilitated
and focused 15-month effort to help you (as a participating institution) make real
progress towards MFA deployments. It will enable your institution, and higher education
more broadly, to answer the questions "where do we need MFA?," "how do we deploy it?," and
"what will it cost and what is our ROI?." And it will be focused on the research and
education (R&E) community, dealing with issues and use cases of particular concern within
R&E such as integrating MFA into WebSSO, sensitive data, cloud services, distance
learners, bring-your-own-device, and the return on investment (ROI) within the R&E
* Will provide your institution broader access to expertise, resources, and collaborators
to help you accomplish your MFA goals.
*Enable a significant advancement in the deployment of Multi-factor Authentication across
* Combining MFA with federation can multiply the impact and reach of MFA to inter-
institutional, shared resource, and cloud service environments.
* A key effort within the Internet2 Scalable Privacy Project.
* 15-month facilitated collaborative effort beginning in April 2013 and ending in June
* Number of institutions accepted for participation in the Cohortium may need to be
restricted, depending on response, to ensure value and effective collaboration for the
The full Call for Participation, containing a much richer explanation of the goals of the
MFA Cohortium, more detailed information on what it will do and how it will operate, the
expectations for institutions participating, and what information is needed in your
"application to join", can be found at:
Call for Participation: https://spaces.internet2.edu/x/mQgwAg
One option for applying will be to use the web-based application form:
Apply online at: https://spaces.internet2.edu/x/4wwwAg
Remember, the closing date for applications is April 12, 2013. Questions may be
sent to: cohortium-reg () internet2 edu .
cohortium: "Group of institutions sharing their explorations, experiences,
expertise, artifacts, and overall journey," in this case of planning for and
deploying multi-factor authentication.
* Cohort: In statistics and demography, a cohort is a group of subjects who have shared
a particular event together during a particular time span [cohort (statistics) from
* -tium added to noun base to create abstract noun, "something connected with the act,"
could mean "act, condition, office of...".
Director, Federated Technologies
- Deadline Extended - Call for Participation: The Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Cohortium Steve Olshansky (Apr 08)