Code42 Joins Internet2’s InCommon to Provide Secure and Simplified Endpoint Data Management Experience

Code42 EDGE Platform adds federated identity management for education and research institutions

Minneapolis — Dec 16, 2014 

Code42, the leader in endpoint data protection and management for business and enterprise, today announced that it has joined InCommon, the trust federation for U.S. research and education institutions. InCommon participants now can configure the Code42 EDGE Platform, including CrashPlan for endpoint backup and SharePlan for enterprise file sync and share, to authenticate users via federated identity services.

Operated by Internet2—a member-owned, advanced technology consortium of leaders in the research and education community—InCommon provides secure and privacy-preserving federated identity management services for 700 institutions and their sponsored partners, and eight million end users. Referred to the organization by Internet2 and InCommon member Pennsylvania State University, Code42 now provides customers with secure and convenient access to its services with single sign-on convenience.

"Data security is a top priority for higher ed and research institutions. Internet2 and InCommon have led the charge by providing a federated trust fabric for members," said Mitch Coopet, co-founder and chief technology officer at Code42. "We’ve worked alongside these innovative organizations to build rigorous security and identity management into the Code42 EDGE Platform, which provides secure, private access to shared resources across organizational boundaries."

InCommon participation also simplifies the login process with single sign-on across the Code42 EDGE Platform, providing universities and research institutions with an increased level of security by limiting the number of ways credentials can be compromised. CrashPlan and SharePlan users across InCommon’s participants can sign in using a single set of login credentials, avoiding the frustration of memorizing and entering multiple passwords for different applications. In addition, IT spends less time supporting lost usernames and passwords.

"Federated identity management for research and scholarship continues to grow at an astounding pace, with over 700 organizations now participating in Internet2’s InCommon Federation," said Shelton Waggener, senior vice president at Internet2. "We are pleased to welcome Code42 as an InCommon participant, providing universities and research organizations with an option for secure, enterprise-grade data protection."

The partnership further demonstrates Code42’s continued commitment to providing secure endpoint backup and file sharing solutions to the higher education community. Earlier this year, Code42 announced significant momentum since the Internet2 NET+ CrashPlan launch in 2013. Top universities who have already selected the service include Boston University, Emory University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, University of Notre Dame, Princeton University, Rice University, Stanford University and University of Alabama in Huntsville.

For more information on InCommon, visit its website.

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About InCommon

The mission of InCommon is to create and support a common trust framework for U.S. education and research. This includes trustworthy shared management of access to online resources in support of education and research in the United States. To achieve its mission, InCommon will facilitate development of a community-based common trust fabric sufficient to enable participants to make appropriate decisions about the release of identity information and the control of access to protected online resources. InCommon is intended to enable production-level end-user access to a wide variety of protected resources. Find out more at www.incommon.org.

About Internet2

Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions. Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, in which the Network Operations Center is powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 260 U.S. universities, 65 government agencies, 40 regional and state education networks, 85 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2. on Twitter.