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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
- "Free Love" and Secured Services
January 1, 2002
The author describes Columbia University's network registration process. The author describes Columbia University's network registration proc…
- A Bridge for Trusted Electronic Communications in Higher Education and the Federal Government
January 1, 2002
The Higher Education Bridge Certification Authority (HEBCA) holds promise for enabling trusted electronic communications between campuses and government agencies using standard campus systems for…
- An Incremental Approach to Building an Information Security Program
April 1, 2013
Key Takeaways Constraints such as tight budgets, increased responsibilities, lack of resources or incentive, and disagreement on a common approach to information security pose ch…
- Building a Balanced Identity Management Infrastructure
January 1, 2006
© 2006 Renee Shuey and Ann West EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 41, no. 5 (September/October 2006): 138–39 Building a Balanced Identity Management Infrastructure Renee Shuey and Ann W…
- Cloud Security Debate: Cloud Now or Cloud How?
December 10, 2012
During the often-fiery 2012 presidential debate season, a lively debate of a different sort held at Indiana University (IU) featured passionate arguments on the natur…
- Containing the Security Threat of Mobile Apps in Higher Ed
May 6, 2013
Key Takeaways Security breaches and data loss become likelier as more students, faculty, and staff bring their own devices to campus. With a growing number of new offeri…
- Current Issues Survey Report, 2007
January 1, 2007
Current Issues Current Issues Survey Report, 2007 Funding IT reemerges as the top challenge; Security and Identity/Access Management split as separate issues; Course/Learning Management Sys…
- Current Issues Survey Report, 2008
May 5, 2008
© 2008 Debra H. Allison, Peter B. DeBlois, and the EDUCAUSE Current Issues Committee. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Work…
- Current IT Issues Survey Report, 2006
January 1, 2006
Current Issues Current IT Issues Survey Report, 2006 Security and Identity Management edges out Funding IT as the top strategic challenge, while Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity reemer…
- Federated Identity: A Recipe for Higher Education
June 24, 2010
Key Takeaways Federated identity is a transformative technology that will turn higher education institutions into both identity consumers and identity providers. The ROI for federated i…