About Identity & Access Management

Want a single-page overview of identity and access management practices at Harvard? Get a brief introduction to the 2014 IAM program: A Case of Identity.

As a set of business processes and supporting technologies, identity and access management (often referred to as "IAM") principles enable the creation, maintenance, and use of digital identity. When implemented correctly, good IAM practices make sure that the right people gain access to the right materials and records at the right time, as well as making it safe, secure, and simple to change access rights, group memberships, and other key attributes as users and systems grow, change, are added, or are removed.

The services provided by HUIT's Identity & Access Management practice are designed to meet the needs of the entire Harvard Community. The team strives to deliver service offerings that align with best practices (technologies and methods) that improve convenience and ease of access for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and affiliates while protecting University resources as required.

Our Vision and Guiding Principles

Our service delivery objective is simple, but all-encompassing:

Provide users, application owners, and IT administrative staff with secure, easy access to applications; solutions that require fewer login credentials; the ability to collaborate across and beyond Harvard; and improved security and auditing.

We also place heightened emphasis upon the following guiding principles:

  • IAM services must meet the needs of the users, service owners and the administrative and program needs of the Harvard Community
  • Service roadmaps and project planning must remain aligned with Harvard's strategic objectives
  • Implementation support and ongoing communication are essential aspects of service delivery


Original IAM Program Plan (2014)

The Identity and Access Management Program was created under the umbrella of a program plan outlining an implementation framework, key objectives for implementation and delivery, 11 primary program concentrations, and additional details. Download the plan.