New InCommon Federation
Now available both in RapidIdentity Cloud and RapidIdentity On-premise, InCommon Federation extends RapidIdentity's SSO Federation Protocols with support for the InCommon Multilateral Trust Framework that is used by Higher Education and Research organizations.
InCommon's "common framework" creates multilateral trust among all federation Participants, facilitated by the Federation Operator, to exchange identity information in a secure manner. Service Providers trust Identity Providers to provide accurate information, and Identity Providers trust Service Providers not to misuse the information they receive. Community Members trust both Identity Providers and Service Providers to respect their privacy, making use of their identity information only as needed, according to legal and institutional policy.
With this new feature, InCommon Community Members can leverage their RapidIdentity IdP to authenticate their users to access InCommon resources.
To federate RapidIdentity with InCommon, administrators create a SAML 2.0 Relying Party in RapidIdentity Federation Partners and select is InCommon to set the InCommon Refresh Interval and associated Metadata. More information on those details are available.
The InCommon Federation is the signer and curator of US research and education trust registry information used in federated transactions globally. Think of the registry as a trust phone book. The InCommon Trust Registry/Metadata Service allows Service Providers and Identity Providers to communicate with each other safely and securely.
RapidIdentity needs only one SAML 2.0 Relying Party to be configured for InCommon Federation.