INCOMMON FEDERATION: PARTICIPANT OPERATIONAL PRACTICES

Participation in the InCommon Federation (“Federation”) enables a federation participating organization ("Participant") to use Shibboleth identity attribute sharing technologies to manage access to on-line resources that can be made available to the InCommon community.  One goal of the Federation is to develop, over time, community standards for such cooperating organizations to ensure that shared attribute assertions are sufficiently robust and trustworthy to manage access to important protected resources.  As the community of trust evolves, the Federation expects that participants eventually should be able to trust each other's identity management systems and resource access management systems as they trust their own.  

A fundamental expectation of Participants is that they provide authoritative and accurate attribute assertions to other Participants, and that Participants receiving an attribute assertion protect it and respect privacy constraints placed on it by the Federation or the source of that information.  In furtherance of this goal, InCommon requires that each Participant make available to other Participants certain basic information about any identity management system, including the identity attributes that are supported, or resource access management system registered for use within the Federation.

Two criteria for trustworthy attribute assertions by Identity Providers are: (1) that the identity management system fall under the purview of the organization’s executive or business management, and (2) the system for issuing end-user credentials (e.g., PKI certificates, userids/passwords, Kerberos principals, etc.) specifically have in place appropriate risk management measures (e.g., authentication and authorization standards, security practices, risk assessment, change management controls, audit trails, etc.).

InCommon expects that Service Providers, who receive attribute assertions from another Participant, respect the other Participant's policies, rules, and standards regarding the protection and use of that data.  Furthermore, such information should be used only for the purposes for which it was provided.  InCommon strongly discourages the sharing of that data with third parties, or aggregation of it for marketing purposes without the explicit permission of the identity information providing Participant.  

InCommon requires Participants to make available to all other Participants answers to the questions below.  Additional information to help answer each question is available in the next section of this document.  There is also a glossary at the end of this document that defines terms shown in italics.

Federation Participant Information

The InCommon Participant Operational Practices information below is for:

  • InCommon Participant organization name  The Beans Group
  • The information below is accurate as of this date  8th September 2014

Identity Management and/or Privacy information

Contact information
The following person or office can answer questions about the Participant’s identity management system or resource access management policy or practice.

  • Name: William Harris 
  • Title or role: Head of Product
  • Email address: william@thebeansgroup.com    
  • Phone: +44 203 095 1400

Service Provider Information
Service Providers are trusted to ask for only the information necessary to make an appropriate access control decision, and to not misuse information provided to them by Identity Providers.  Service Providers must describe the basis on which access to resources is managed and their practices with respect to attribute information they receive from other Participants.

What attribute information about an individual do you require in order to manage access to resources you make available to other Participants?  Describe separately for each service ProviderID that you have registered.
We request eduPersonTargetediD

What use do you make of attribute information that you receive in addition to basic access control decisions?  For example, do you aggregate session access records or records of specific information accessed based on attribute information, or make attribute information available to partner organizations, etc.?
We do not use the attribute information for any additional purposes other than access control decisions.

What human and technical controls are in place on access to and use of attribute information that might refer to only one specific person (i.e., personally identifiable information)?  For example, is this information encrypted?
Only the Technical Lead and  Systems Administrator have access to the database where the information is stored. Database access is restricted with strict ACLs.

Describe the human and technical controls that are in place on the management of super-user and other privileged accounts that might have the authority to grant access to personally identifiable information?
Only the Technical Lead and  Systems Administrator have access to the database where the information is stored

If personally identifiable information is compromised, what actions do you take to notify potentially affected individuals?
If a breach of data were to occur, we would immediately reset all affected users’ password, followed by an email to them explaining the details of what had occurred and the steps that would be taken to mitigate the risk of the issue recurring.

Other Information
Technical Standards, Versions and Interoperability
Identify the version of Internet2 Shibboleth code release that you are using or, if not using the standard Shibboleth code, what version(s) of the SAML and SOAP and any other relevant standards you have implemented for this purpose.

Shibboleth SP x64 2.5.3

Other Considerations
Are there any other considerations or information that you wish to make known to other Federation participants with whom you might interoperate? For example, are there concerns about the use of clear text passwords or responsibilities in case of a security breach involving identity information you may have provided?

All passwords are individually salted and encrypted using slow, high bit, one-way hash functions.