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The MFA Interoperability Profile Working Group has completed its work. Notes for this working group were live-scribed HERE. The notes have been archived in Scribing Document Archive


UPDATE JULY 31, 2017

Following the completion of the work of the MFA Interoperability Profile Working Group, the MFA Profile was taken under consideration by the REFEDS (Research and Education FEDerations) group. After a slight modification to the profile and a period of community consultation, the REFEDS Steering Committee voted to adopt the profile in June 2017.  The REFEDS profile is live and ready for implementation at 

Working Group Chair: Karen Herrington

Working Group Flywheel: David Walker

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Report and Work Products

REFEDs Consultation 


REFEDS  MFA Profile Consultation -  February 28, 2017 through  March 27, 2017

Issues Identified after Completion of the Final Report

Results of the Public Comment Period

DRAFT Working Documents

Working Group Charter


The Assurance Advisory Committee (AAC) invites the Community to participate in the InCommon Multifactor Authentication (MFA) Interoperability Profile Working Group.  The mission of the working group is to develop and document requirements for creating and implementing an interoperability profile to allow the community to leverage MFA provided by an InCommon Identity Provider by allowing SPs to rely on a standard syntax and semantics regarding MFA.



1.  Assemble use cases that will motivate the deliverables of this working group

2.  Develop short list of widely deployed MFA technologies in higher education that will be in scope for the profile

3.  Define requirements for and draft MFA Interoperability Profile

4.  Develop and recommend scope and plan for adoption

5.  Present draft to InCommon community for review

6.  Publish final profile



1.  Profile should be constrained to address the articulated need for distributed MFA.

2.  Ability to implement with current MFA and Federation technology should be a core design constraint.

3.  Support for this capability should be exposed in the Federation Metadata.



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