Multi-Factor Authentication Grant
Data Breaches are getting more common and Security Threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated.Passwords have long been the standard for securing information behind a login, to authenticate users as valid users of the information. However, with the increasing sophistication of threats, passwords are nolonger sufficient to secure information.To address this, alternate factors of authentication, besides passwords, are required to secure user accounts. Authentication factors are classified as:
1. What you know – Passwords, Access Codes, Answers to Security Questions, etc.
2. What you have – Registered Mobile Numbers, Email IDs etc. for One-Time Passcodes
3. What you are – Biometrics such as Retina, Fingerprints, etc.
To provide a highly secure environment, authentication during logins must be adaptive. MFA understands deviations from regular user behavior patterns and requires additional authentication by the user with a different factor other than passwords. Criteria considered to monitor deviations from patterns include accessing users’ time-zone, geo-location and device among others.
Why is Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication essential to Campuses?
To deliver secure access to essential applications without the risk of impersonation, campuses use adaptive authentication. It not only gives students and staff increased security to their accounts through risk-based authentication, but also eliminates the risk of unauthorized access and malpractice, thereby delivering considerable IT cost savings. Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication (AMFA) is a security reinforcement that ensures that there is no room for intruder and the authentication is strengthened by using additional factors.
Key Components of the Grant:
The Multi-Factor Authentication Grant provides selected institutions a Grant award up to $50,000 over a period of five years which covers licensing, hosting, professional services and support costs associated with implementing the solution.
NO. OF GRANTS AVAILABLE?
There are limited number of partial and full Grants to be awarded
WHO CAN APPLY & WHAT IS THE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA?
- K-12 Schools and accredited institutions of Higher Education are eligible to apply.
- Previous awardees are eligible. Applicants are required to fill in separate applications for each Grant pursued.
- Applicants are required to demonstrate institutional purpose in the form of a “letter of intent” signed by Dean/President or member of the campus leadership team. The letter should indicate the challenges the solution aims to solve, and why the Grant would be helpful to the institution.
- Grant Application Due Date: June 27, 2019
- Review of Application by Grant Review Committee by: July 8, 2019
- Grant Applicant Interview and Technical Expert Session by: July 15, 2019
- Grant Award Letter Issued to Grant Recipients by: July 19, 2019
- Grant Award Walkthrough by: July 26, 2019
- Execution of Grant Award Agreement by: July 31, 2019
- Project Kick-Off by: August 9, 2019