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
Like so many areas of information technology, identity and access management can reap significant benefits by taking advantage of cloud computing – and Harvard University Information Technology’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) program isn’t hesitating to make the most of the new technology. The program is currently in the midst of migrating two key identity databases – known as HU-LDAP and AuthLDAP – to the Amazon Web Services cloud, with deployment slated for the end of IAM’s third program planning increment on June 3.
Many Harvard Community users fit easily into a simple categorization for their user type: undergraduate student, faculty member, alumna. But there are many who don’t — and to make access to Harvard resources easier for both those users and their people administrators, the Identity and Access Management (IAM) team at Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is working to better classify role types for an important group of University affiliates.
In a milestone representing Harvard University Information Technology’s commitment to streamlined, consistent access control and improved end-user experience, the Identity & Access Management (IAM) program successfully decommissioned the deprecated PIN3 user authentication service on Jan. 26, 2015 — a move that will save $100,000 in hosting by the end of FY15. All Harvard applications that had been using this legacy service to log in users, 178 apps in all, have been moved to newer, more robust solutions provided by the IAM program.
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.
Harvard University Information Technology's Identity & Access Management (IAM) program team hosted a demo session December 2 to show benefiting parties and other key stakeholders the results of the team's efforts during the most recent Program Increment (PI). As part of the IAM program team's commitment to Agile methodology — not only at the level of development, testing, and deployment, but also in larger-scale organizational planning — the team's two-week sprints are also structured within twelve-week program increments made up of six sprints each. These PIs address overarching, Read more about IAM Team Showcases New Features at Program Increment Demo
With Harvard’s PIN 3.0 authentication service scheduled to be decommissioned by Dec. 22, 2014, progress continues apace to move applications currently using “PIN3” to one of the other methods of user authentication offered by the Identity & Access Management (IAM) group at HUIT. As of Nov. 14, 98 of the 156 applications — 63 percent of total “web gates” — have either migrated or are in the process of doing so.
Harvard’s cloud-based Connections internal directory, managed by the Identity & Access Management (IAM) program, is the easiest, most up-to-date way to find contact information for anyone in the Harvard Community — but sometimes it’s important to have the phone book as, well, an actual book. The Harvard Law School is no stranger to this need — it produces an annual printed “facebook” of faculty and staff to be used as a quick-reference internal guide — and when Connections went live earlier this year, HLS contacted IAM about using the always-up-to-date information in Connections to Read more about IAM Helps HLS Streamline Internal Directory