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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]
- New! 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) Working Group: This EDUCAUSE working group operates an open mailing list for general discussion of Identity and Access Management (IAM) topics and maintains a website with additional resources and links. The Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) also maintains a chapter dedicated to Access Control as part of the Information Security Guide.
- IAM Tools & Effective Practices Wiki: The IAM Tools & Effective Practices project team (IAM-TEP) is focused on providing a set of resources for IAM Architects to use in implementing a cohesive program on their respective campuses.
- IAM Online: IAM Online is a new 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 Identity and Access Management Working Group. 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 uses SAML-based authentication and authorization systems (such as Shibboleth®) to enable scalable, trusted collaborations among its community of participants. InCommon also offers a Certificate Service for the higher education community, as well as a number of training and education programs such as CAMP.
- 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 and .
Updated July 2011
InCommon will be heavily involved in a $1.8 million grant awarded to Internet2 to build a consistent and robust privacy infrastructure. Partners include Carnegie Mellon, Brown, University of Texas...
Virginia Tech has become the first identity provider to achieve Bronze and Silver certification as part of the InCommon Assurance Program.
The annual EDUCAUSE Conference in Denver will provide an opportunity to explore the range and depth of issues that campuses must consider as they build...
Advance CAMP will be held October 4-5, 2012, after the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting will feature an unconference-style agenda, providing substantial time for...
NSTIC Welcomes Trusted Federal Systems as Secretariat of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IESG)
A major milestone in the implementation of the NSTIC, "Trusted Federal Systems (TFS) will facilitate collaboration among multiple stakeholders to help drive the creation of consensus standards...
Eve Maler, an expert on emerging identity and security at Forrester Research, discusses the past, present, and future of SAML in this webinar recording.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Identity and Access Management
- Leadership Discussion: Identity and Access Management in Higher Education
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:30am-9:30am
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…
- The Need for Collaboration: Mobile and Secure Ubiquitous Access in Heterogeneous Environments
June 2, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2009
Come hear how students, faculty, and staff can enhance their ability to collaborate more effectively in a unique community and access educational applications anywhere, anytime using Secure Global …
- Identity and Access Management
January 7, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2009
More universities are implementing advanced enterprise access management systems as a component of central identity management. University of Pennsylvania built on Internet2's Grouper Groups M…
- Organizing a Campus Change: Planning for Identity and Access Management Improvements at UF
June 3, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2008
Leading change across distributed IT service providers requires extensive engagement. Implementing identity and access management (IAM) changes requires involvement of a broad spectrum of constitue…
- InCommon and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation
March 18, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2008
All dozen institutions comprising the CIC recently decided to join the InCommon Federation. This session will describe the motivation for and experience of joining InCommon. We'll also describ…
- Implementing MACE Grouper at Brown University
March 12, 2008
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2008
Brown University recently implemented MACE Grouper as an integral part of our identity management infrastructure. This presentation will outline the scope of the implementation, discusses lessons l…
- Federated Access: Identity Management and Access to Protected Resources
June 12, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2007
This session will outline the advantages of organizing working partnerships and business relationships in a federated context. Topics will include InCommon, eAuthentication, and other federations. …
- Border Patrol: Access Denied!
March 14, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2007
The University of Notre Dame has recently changed its network border policy to deny most unsolicited network traffic from the Internet. A small set of services like the Web, secure shell, VPN, and …
- Sun Microsystems, Inc., An EDUCAUSE Gold Partner and Northeastern Illinois University - Ensuring Provisioning and Secure Access with Identity Management
March 13, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2007
In the online global economy, it's more important than ever to protect sensitive data from internal and external security threats. In this session, Sun (named by Forrester Research as "an…
- Empowerment vs. Control: What's Your Openness Quotient?
January 19, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2007
Technology attracts students but institutions restrict network activity. Instructors try to incorporate technology in courses, but policies specify what they can install or access. In visiting 15 i…