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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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- News from the Hill: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
April 15, 2011
The White House released today the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) , a cybersecurity-based identity management vision and strategy. The strategy was relea…
- Privacy, Security, Interoperability, and Ease-of-Use Are Guiding Principles of NSTIC
April 15, 2011
The White House released today the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) . At an event held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. attended by 200 i…
- Leadership Discussion: Identity and Access Management in Higher Education
March 18, 2013
A session at the Midwest 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 in…
- Controlling Spam and Phishing at Princeton University: A Case Study
January 16, 2013
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
This session will discuss how Princeton University tackled the seemingly insurmountable challenge of reducing spam and phishing in order to free up technology resources and focus on the school…
- Spotlight on Cloud Computing Series: Community Clouds
June 23, 2010
Many institutions in the education community are considering moving some aspect of their business to "the cloud." Moving to the cloud could mean outsourcing your e-mail to Google or mig…
- 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…
- Top-Ten IT Issues, 2010
June 10, 2010
© 2010 Bret L. Ingerman, Catherine Yang, and the 2010 EDUCAUSE Current Issues Committee. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Li…
- The E-Learning Policy Environment
February 5, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting
E-learning is increasingly important to meeting our nation's higher education goals. However, lingering concerns about quality and identity verification continue to produce problematic polic…
- 2011 EDUCAUSE Enterprise Conference Proposal Deadline Extended to 1/14
January 7, 2011
It’s not too late to submit a presentation proposal for the 2011 Enterprise Information and Technology Conference , May 16–17 in Chicago. The presentation proposal deadline has been …
- E10 Session Podcast: How to Use Social Media, Identity Management, and the Campus Portal to Effectively Communicate with Students
December 15, 2010
This session outlines how the portal can be used to facilitate communication and collaboration between groups within the organization. The speakers give concrete examples of interaction between a…