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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 and .
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Identity and Access Management
- Augsburg Course Evaluation Working Group
May 5, 2009
In the summer of 2004, a small group of Augsburg faculty and staff convened to produce a course evaluation form grounded in teaching and learning theory. A new form was created and online deliver…
May 20, 2009
FirstMile's mission is to educate, advocate and focus the debate on the power and promise of big broadband in the United States FirstMile…
- Open KSA
May 4, 2009
Open KSA is a collection of digital resources that may be used for teaching, learning, and research by the KSA and the global community. Open KSA…
- Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
April 21, 2009
The primary goal of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources is to identify, create and/or repurpose existing OER as Open Textbooks and make them available for use by commu…
- Information Technology Security Risk Management (ITS-RM) Program
December 12, 2008
This is the University of Virginia's ITC’s Information Technology Security Risk Management (ITS-RM) Program, which is intended to provide University departments with the information and to…
- Sample Identity Theft Prevention Program
November 18, 2008
This is a sample template for a university Identity Theft Prevention Program. This is a sample template for a university Identity Theft Preventio…
- Classroom Lecture Capture
November 14, 2008
In Fall 2007, the UNC School of Medicine began to look at classroom lecture capture solutions for the first and second year curriculum. Included in this document is a project description and the …
- Ten IT Goals: Information Technology Goals for Liberal Arts Students
March 6, 2008
George Mason University's Technology Across the Curriculum Program has established ten technology goals that have the greatest relevance for liberal arts students. These goals were developed…
- Sustainable Computing
February 25, 2008
This is Cornell University's web site on sustainable computing. Resources found here include a guide to sustainable computing, computing energy conservation, recycling and green purchasing.…
- Green Partners Program
February 25, 2008
The University at Buffalo's goal is to reduce UB's "environmental footprint" by getting more university offices, departments, units, and organizations involved in green campus…