Unicon and Duo Security Collaborate to Develop Multifactor Authentication Extension for Shibboleth 3.x IDP

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Identity and Access Management Extension Contributed to Open Source Community

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Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider specializing in open source for the education technology market, today announced that it has collaborated with Duo Security, a leading provider of two-factor authentication solutions for higher education institutions, in the development of a multifactor authentication solution for the newly released Shibboleth 3.x IDP. The extension was developed on behalf of Unicon clients, including major universities. It has been donated back to the open source community, making it available for all universities and colleges to implement to add an extra layer of security for protection of applications and resources.

“This Shibboleth extension provides a key advancement in application security for higher education institutions,” said Mike Grady, IAM Architect, Unicon. “Unicon’s involvement in this extension exhibits its commitment to open source and the community of institutions invested in adding an extra layer of security to protect sensitive resources.”

The reason for the development of this extension is in the advent of the end-of-life of security patches for Shibboleth 2.x IDP in July 2016. Shibboleth 2.x IDP was also extended to support multifactor authentication, and that multifactor authentication support has been very popular amongst higher education institutions.

“Duo’s pleased to offer our new extension to the open source community as the Shibboleth community will be migrating swiftly to Shibboleth 3.x IDP,” said Brian McEwen, Product Manager, Duo Security. “We hope that these efforts will help our customers as they move to the new platform.”

For a download of the Duo Security extension, please visit https://github.com/Unicon/shib-mfa-duo-auth.To download the open source software Shibboleth 3.x IDP, visit https://wiki.shibboleth.net/confluence/display/IDP30/Home.

To get started with Shibboleth, and for more information on Unicon’s services for Shibboleth, visit http://www.unicon.net/opensource/shibboleth.

About Shibboleth
Shibboleth provides Web single sign-on capabilities and allows sites to make informed authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources in a privacy preserving manner. Shibboleth is among the world's most widely deployed federated identity solutions, connecting users to applications both within and between institutions. These connections help users collaborate in a safe environment. Shibboleth was specifically developed to address numerous challenges including scaling the account management of multiple applications, and security issues associated with accessing third-party services. Other challenges include privacy and enabling service providers to control access to their resources. Learn more at http://shibboleth.net.

About Duo Security
Duo Security is a cloud-based access security provider protecting the world’s fastest-growing and largest companies and thousands of organizations worldwide, including Box, Etsy, Facebook, K-Swiss, The Men’s Wearhouse, NASA, Palantir, Paramount Pictures, Random House, Toyota, TripAdvisor Twitter, Yelp, Zillow, and more. Duo Security’s innovative and easy-to-use technology can be quickly deployed to protect users, data, and applications from breaches, credential theft and account takeover. Duo Security is backed by Benchmark, Google Ventures, Radar Partners, Redpoint Ventures and True Ventures. Try it for free at http://www.duosecurity.com.

About Unicon
Unicon, Inc. is a leading provider of IT consulting, services, and support for education technology and works with institutions and organizations to find solutions to meet business challenges. Unicon specializes in using open source technologies to deliver flexible and cost-effective systems in the areas of identity and access management, student success, mobile computing, learning management systems, learning analytics, portals, web content management, and online video. Unicon is a Commercial Affiliate of the Apereo Foundation; an InCommon Affiliate and Participant; an Industry Member of Internet2; an Affiliate Member of IMS Global Learning Consortium; an Advanced Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network; an Organization Member of the Drupal Association; a Pantheon Gold Partner; and a Solution Partner of Kaltura. For more information, visit: http://www.unicon.net.

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