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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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Identity and Access Management
- Preparing for Back-to-School BYOD
August 8, 2012
With the BYOD trend on campus growing ever stronger, an IT network analyst shares his checklist to help ensure that your campus network is ready to manage the onslaught. …
- Can Big Data Help Universities Tackle Security, BYOD?
July 31, 2012
Universities have some of the most complex IT infrastructures around, and BYOD is a reality they can't escape. Chief Security Officers at universities are increasingly turning to Big Data an…
- Domain 12: Guidance for Identity & Access Management V2.1
October 5, 2010
This publication discusses the following major IAM functions that are essential for successful and effective management of identities in the cloud: Identity provisioning/deprovisioning …
- Business Value of Federated Login for Enterprises, Enterprise SaaS Vendors, and Consumer Websites
March 24, 2010
This presentation by Eric Sachs from Google was part of the RSA 2010 seminar, "Kantara: Technology, Policy, and Compliance for Identity Services in 2010 & Beyond". 2010 brings new o…
- Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing
December 18, 2009
Adopting cloud computing is a complex decision involving many factors. It is the Cloud Security Alliance hope that the guidance contained in this work will help others better understand what que…
- Evolution or revolution: The future of identity and access management for research
May 22, 2009
Identity and access management have become central issues for the future of the web following the unprecedented growth in user-generated content, collaboration and social activity. This year&…
- Digital Footprints: Online identity management and search in the age of transparency
December 16, 2007
Internet users are becoming more aware of their digital footprint; 47% have searched for information about themselves online, up from just 22% five years ago. However, few monitor their online pr…
- OpenID: Decentralised Single Sign-on for the Web
April 30, 2007
"OpenID is a single sign-on system for the Internet which puts people in charge. OpenID is a user-centric technology which allows a person to have control over how their Identity is both man…
- Fifteenth Fed/Ed PKI Coordination Meeting
June 14, 2007
These are presentations from the Fifteenth Fed/Ed PKI Coordination Meeting, held in Washington DC, June 14 , 2007. These are presentations from t…
- GPN: Building a Regional Middleware Infrastructure
January 1, 2006
The Great Plains Network (GPN) is a regional consortium of public universities in seven states: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. The long-term goal …