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User Authentication Technologies Beyond the Password
July 20, 2015

User authentication is an essential element of modern IT systems, yet understanding options and balancing requirements remain complex. One-time passwords, smart cards, certificates, biometrics an…

Research Computing in the Cloud: Functional Considerations for Research
July 14, 2015

Transitioning to use of cloud services is becoming commonplace in higher education, but this trend has not been fully tested for research computing . Research computing involves unique needs a…

CDS Spotlight: Information Security
June 26, 2015

This research bulletin uses data from Modules 1 and 7 of the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service to examine the current state of information security in higher education. Using an infographic format, …

Preparing the IT Organization for the Cloud
May 7, 2015

Cloud-based IT services are becoming a norm for higher education, providing researchers, faculty, students, and administrators alike with the tools that they need in order to do their work. But t…

2015 Strategic Information Security Issues Infographic
April 24, 2015

Featuring data from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research and the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service, this infographic highlights the 2015 Top Information Security Strategic Issues selected by th…

OpenID Connect: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
April 9, 2015

OpenID Connect is an “interoperable authentication protocol based on the OAuth 2.0 family of specifications” —that is, it uses the standardized message flows that OAuth makes available i…

OAuth: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
February 20, 2015

OAuth is a specification that allows a third-party site to obtain information about a user from a second site without requiring the user to provide access credentials to the…

Best Practices for IT Disaster Recovery: Reducing Risks On-Site and in the Cloud
January 27, 2015

Technology advancements are transforming IT DR and ITSCM practices. Leveraging people, processes and technology best practices is critical to success, whether recovering on-premises or in a cloud…

Cloud Strategy for Higher Education: Building a Common Solution
November 5, 2014

Higher education IT is in the midst of an exciting transformation. The economies of scale, resiliency, flexibility, and agility provided by cloud computing are rendering the construction and ma…

Big Data in the Campus Landscape
September 12, 2014

This paper is a publication of the ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ECAR-CCI) Working Group. The topic of big data continues to receive a great deal of publicity because of its promise for openin…