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Protecting University & Federal Research Collaboration

University of Michigan Computer Science & Engineering building

For better or worse, your Facebook, Google, or Twitter accounts serve as your passport to the web today. Nearly every social site accepts such credentials with the goal of establishing your true (or at least, consistently fake) identity.

Such identity federation is a relatively new development for the consumer web, but in the university and federal research community, it’s always been a fundamental issue. True collaboration requires access, and when our educational and research institutions invest billions annually, such access must be carefully protected.

With a deep history in Ann Arbor of research collaboration (University of Michigan’s $1.5 billion annual research spend), internetworking (NSFNET, NANOG, Internet2), and the technology to enable it (invented here: BGP, RADIUS, MIME, LDAP, PPP), we couldn’t be prouder to announce our partnership with InCommon to protect the trust federation for nearly 6 million users across 300 research and higher education institutions in the US!

Earlier this year, we also announced our partnership with Covisint, whose federated platform manages nearly 15 million identities. We're securing some of the largest federated identity hubs in the world. If you need strong, usable two-factor authentication at scale, give us a call!