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Identity management refers to the policies, processes, and technologies that establish user identities and enforce rules about access to digital resources. In a campus setting, many information systems–such as e-mail, learning management systems, library databases, and grid computing applications–require users to authenticate themselves (typically with a username and password). An authorization process then determines which systems an authenticated user is permitted to access. With an enterprise identity management system, rather than having separate credentials for each system, a user can employ a single digital identity to access all resources to which the user is entitled. Federated identity management permits extending this approach above the enterprise level, creating a trusted authority for digital identities across multiple organizations. In a federated system, participating institutions share identity attributes based on agreed-upon standards, facilitating authentication from other members of the federation and granting appropriate access to online resources. This approach streamlines access to digital assets while protecting restricted resources. [Source: 7 Things You Should Know About Federated Identity Management]
- Toolkit for Developing an Identity and Access Management (IAM) Program, The IAM Program Outline has been created as a roadmap for institutions to use in developing an IAM program or to address gaps in their current offerings.
- 2011 ECAR Identity Management in Higher Education Report
- EDUCAUSE/InCommon Partnership: EDUCAUSE has partnered with the InCommon Federation to provide members who use our web resources, the benefits and ease of Federated Identity Management access.
- Identity & Access Management (IAM) Discussion Group: EDUCAUSE operates an open mailing list for general discussion of Identity and Access Management (IAM) topics and maintains a website with additional resources and links.
- IAM Tools & Effective Practices Wiki: This wiki provides a set of resources for IAM Architects to use in implementing a cohesive program on their respective campuses.
- IAM Online: IAM Online is a monthly series delivering interactive education on Identity and Access Management (IAM), including federated identity management essentials, advanced issues in IAM, and hot topics from the EDUCAUSE community. Experts will provide overviews, answer questions and lead discussions.
- InCommon: The InCommon Federation eliminates the need for researchers, students, and educators to maintain multiple passwords and usernames. Online service providers no longer need to maintain user accounts. Identity providers manage the levels of their users' privacy and information exchange. InCommon also offers a Certificate Service for the higher education community. InCommon also offers a Certificate Service for the higher education community, as well as a number of training and education programs such as CAMP.
- The Information Security Guide, maintained by the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC), includes a chapter on Access Control.
- National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC): Resources include a July 2011 response to the Department of Commerce Notice of Inquiry for Models for a Governance Structure for NSTIC (prepared by EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and InCommon).
- Shibboleth®: The Shibboleth System is a standards based, open source software package for web single sign-on across or within organizational boundaries. It allows sites to make informed authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources in a privacy-preserving manner.
- US Trust Federations: This community collaboration group is exploring the building of federations within and across state boundaries. Invited participants include StateNets and Higher Education Systems staff. This effort is supported by Internet2, EDUCAUSE, and InCommon.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Federated Identity Management
- UCTrust: Federated Identity Management for the University of California
April 14, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Western Regional Conference 2009
Emerging trends point to using federated identity to address challenging issues in supporting access to off-campus services. Where should this technology fit in a registrar's service strategy?…
- Federating Identity to Support Collaboration in the CIC
March 24, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2009
Member schools of CIC, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, have joined the InCommon Federation and are federating their first application together! CICme, the CIC's online collaboratio…
- Seminar 1 - The Big Picture: Introduction to Identity and Access Management PLEASE NOTE: Separate registration and fee are required to attend this seminar.
February 4, 2009
A session at the CAMP: Delivering, Sourcing, and Securing Services Throughout
How many times has this happened to you? A student comes up to you and asks, "How is my digital identity assured, and can I use my campus user ID and password to seamlessly review my federal…
- Stage 5: Federating the Identity: What Does This Mean, What Are the Challenges, and Why You Should Care
February 5, 2009
A session at the CAMP: Delivering, Sourcing, and Securing Services Throughout
Federations provide the trust framework, common definitions, and standards-based transport mechanisms for sharing information about our constituents with other institutions. But what does this real…
- Providing Secure Access to On and Off-Campus Resources: A Case Study in Federated Identity
January 8, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2009
The demand for secure access to a variety of resources both on and off campus continues to grow. These needs present new challenges for IT staff, as ease of access must be balanced with security an…
- Seminar 03P - Creative Sourcing for Small Schools: Managing Access to Off-Campus Service Providers PLEASE NOTE: Separate registration and fee is required to attend this seminar.
October 28, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
Small schools typically have fewer IT staff and resources to address a business challenge and need to think creatively about how to support the growing number of applications their constituents are…
- Federated Identity: Leveraging Shibboleth to Access On- and Off-Campus Resources
January 16, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2008
More and more institutions are using Shibboleth to address both their on-campus and third-party access requirements. This case study will provide information about federated identity management (sp…
- Leveraging Your Existing Campus Systems to Access Partner Resources: Federated Identity Management and Tales of Campus Participation
October 12, 2006
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2006 Annual Conference
Campuses can leverage investments in single-sign-on systems to access external systems and information resources partners. Panelists will explain InCommon federation participation, what it means fo…
- Federated Identity Management: Addressing the Risky Business
April 11, 2006
A session at the Security 2006
Accessing restricted resources held by a partner can be risky for both parties. This presentation will include a discussion of national and international federations, what the policy dimensions are…
- Can't We All Just Get Along? Achieving Federated Identity Management at the University of California
April 4, 2005
A session at the Security 2005
The University of California has piloted a unified identity and access management infrastructure for the UC system, allowing campus users to access participating campuses services using their campu…