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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.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Identity and Access Management
- Leadership Discussion: Identity and Access Management in Higher Education
May 29, 2013
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
Has your campus established an enterprise strategy for identity and access management? Does your IAM architecture facilitate easy migration to the cloud? Is your IAM system standards-based and inte…
- Just What Does Someone Have to Do to Gain Access to a Computer in the Library?
May 31, 2012
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
Find out how authentication is being used in the North Carolina academic libraries (including all community colleges, private colleges, and the UNC system) to control the use of their computers in …
- Identity Management: User Awareness Is the Key to a Successful IAM Rollout
January 17, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2008
This presentation will detail a five-phase deployment strategy for IAM, identity and access management. IAM provides a number of capabilities, including authentication management, authorization man…
- Practical Tools for Implementing Authentication and Managing Authorization
January 19, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2007
Identity management manages services around people rather than systems, but both users and managers struggle to coordinate credentials and access rights for multiple resources. This Cornell Univers…
- Who, What, When, and Where: Identity Management from Start to Finish
January 10, 2006
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2006
This presentation details a five-phase deployment strategy for identity and access management (IAM). IAM provides a number of capabilities, including authentication and authorization management, us…