Identity and Access Management

2015: A Banner Debut Year for HarvardKey!

2015: A Banner Debut Year for HarvardKey!

December 17, 2015

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.

A "single identity for life" spanning the Harvard Community, HarvardKey enables access to a wide range of...

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Cross-HUIT 'Flash Team' Readies Data for HarvardKey Launch

Cross-HUIT 'Flash Team' Readies Data for HarvardKey Launch

November 24, 2015

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...

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ABCD Meeting

IAM Update at October's ABCD Committee

October 2, 2015

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...

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HarvardKey: Designed with Accessibility in Mind

HarvardKey: Designed with Accessibility in Mind

September 14, 2015

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.

So when it came time to ensure that the new HarvardKey authentication and user self-service applications met the mark for accessibility, the Identity & Access Management (IAM) program at Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT)...

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IAM Open House a HUIT Hit

IAM Open House a HUIT Hit

August 14, 2015

Few things sound better on a hot summer's day than taking time out for some ice cream — and at the end of a work day, sharing a scoop with our colleagues across HUIT was an even more delicious recipe. Nearly 100 attendees stopped by the Identity & Access Management program's open house on Thursday, Aug. 13, for treats, talks, and a taste of what's on the IAM program's agenda, from two-step verification and the rollout of HarvardKey (both coming this fall!) to updates on "person of interest" sponsored accounts, migration of IAM services to the cloud, and more.

"We were so...

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New MIDAS Release Enables Enhanced Alumni Support

New MIDAS Release Enables Enhanced Alumni Support

July 23, 2015

For Harvard Alumni, a close-knit relationship with the University doesn't end at matriculation — if anything, it strengthens. And when it comes to the information technology resources that help Alumni maintain solid ties with their alma mater, the Identity & Access Management (IAM) team at Harvard University Information Technology is pleased to make a contribution with the release of MIDAS 2.6 on July 21, 2015.

MIDAS — "Managing Identity Data & Affiliation Securely" — is the online application for managing identity data at Harvard University. Depending on the level of access...

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Beat the Heat at IAM Open House Aug. 13!

Beat the Heat at IAM Open House Aug. 13!

July 17, 2015

 
Take an afternoon break to enjoy some ice cream, fun, and prizes — and meet the HUIT Identity & Access Management team! Join us for the IAM Open House from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, at our home on the fifth and sixth floors of 8 Story Street.

  • Meet the Identity & Access Management team
  • Learn more about key IAM activities at Harvard, including the upcoming HarvardKey rollout
  • Prizes!...
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IAM's Summer Lunch & Learn Series is Coming!

IAM's Summer Lunch & Learn Series is Coming!

June 16, 2015

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 (...

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IAM Showcases Collaboration Solutions at IT Summit

IAM Showcases Collaboration Solutions at IT Summit

June 9, 2015

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.

The team's presentation, "Enabling Cross-University Collaboration," examined IAM's deployment of an identity provider that enables users to easily gain secure access to...

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IAM Boosts User Security with Nov. 12 Rollout of Two-Step Verification

IAM Boosts User Security with Nov. 12 Rollout of Two-Step Verification

May 8, 2015

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....

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