2015 has been a sweeping year for Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), particularly in the area of "technology renewal" — an extensive cross-team effort that brought changes including the new my.harvard portal from the Student Information System program, deployment of the Canvas platform by the Teaching and Learning Technologies program, and rollout of the new HarvardKey authentication system from the Identity & Access Management (IAM) program at HUIT.
While the launch of the new HarvardKey authentication system this fall has meant highly visible front-end improvements for users, a significant portion of go-live efforts for HarvardKey involved extensive work aligning data and behind-the-scenes processes in order to ensure a seamless launch of the new system. To meet these needs before this fall's critical dates for launch — work that often involved detailed, individualized data remediation — HUIT staff from the Identity & Access Management (IAM) program and Unified Communications' Exchange and Google services came together in close Read more about Cross-HUIT 'Flash Team' Readies Data for HarvardKey Launch
The Identity & Access Management (IAM) program at Harvard University Information Technology was pleased to present a first-round look at HarvardKey progress to the University's ABCD Committee, a Harvard-wide association promoting communication and collaboration on technology topics. Close on the heels of the first-wave HarvardKey launch — the new unified Harvard login credential made its debut to the Alumni community on Sep. 22, 2015 — IAM's presentation to ABCD on Oct. 2 offered a unique opportunity to recap the progress of one of the Read more about IAM Update at October's ABCD Committee
As IT products and services at Harvard continue to grow and evolve, one key element of any new offering is always at the top of the developer and project leader mindset: Accessibility for all users, regardless of disabilities or different abilities, is critical to ensure that everyone has access to Harvard IT resources without any impediments.
With all the changes on Harvard's IT horizon this summer and fall, it can be hard to keep track of what's coming next, let alone how to make the most of new tools and services — that's why the Identity and Access Management (IAM) program at Harvard University Information Technology is pleased to host a Summer Lunch & Learn series of brown-bag talks in July and August. These informal, informative lunch-hour sessions (from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays) will focus on topics including the upcoming HarvardKey rollout ( Read more about IAM's Summer Lunch & Learn Series is Coming!
HUIT's fifth annual IT Summit — itself an opportunity for information technology staff from across the Harvard Community to collaborate on important topics on Harvard's IT radar — proved to be the ideal venue for the Identity & Access Management (IAM) team to showcase their efforts in helping Harvard faculty, students, staff, and researchers more effectively collaborate both within and outside of the University.
While it may seem like a new IT security threat makes the headlines on a daily basis, the practice of keeping end users from harm still relies heavily on maintaining strong security at login. That's why the Identity and Access Management (IAM) program at Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) will be rolling out two-step verification (also known as multifactor authentication) on Nov. 12, 2015 in conjunction with the launch of HarvardKey, the University's new unified credential for access to services like email, desktop, and Web resources using a single login name and password. Read more about IAM Boosts User Security with Nov. 12 Rollout of Two-Step Verification
Advances in provisioning and authentication technologies at Harvard don’t just make user access safer and more secure — they also offer an important opportunity to unify and streamline user experience at every step along the lifecycle of University affiliation. That’s why we’re introducing HarvardKey.