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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

All-
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.
        Steve

--
Steve Olshansky
Director, Federated Technologies
Internet2
www.internet2.edu
www.incommon.org


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 
environment.

Important highlights: 
* 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 
Higher Education. 
* 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 
2014. 
* 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 
member institutions.

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 
 Wikipedia]. 
 * -tium added to noun base to create abstract noun, "something connected with the act," 
 could mean "act, condition, office of...".


--
Steve Olshansky
Director, Federated Technologies
Internet2
www.internet2.edu
www.incommon.org


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