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InCommon’s mostly monthly webinar series that delivers interactive education on timely IAM topics. See details below. Also see our YouTube channel (combined with our European friends GEANT) for past webinars.


Safer Illinois App: Testing, Tracing, Access in the Face of COVID-19

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
2 pm ET / 1 pm CT / Noon MT / 11 am PT

Everyone has wrestled with the various aspects of COVID-19, including reopening of campuses and businesses and the resulting need for testing and tracing, and related concerns such as building access and monitoring. The University of Illinois built the Safer Illinois application to support the university community during COVID-19. The app features personalized testing locations and results, verification of building access, and optional alerts to notify an individual of possible exposures.

Join us for this IAM Online and a discussion of the development of the app, and authentication, security and privacy considerations.

Presenters

Edward Delaporte, Manager, Cybersecurity Software Development & Assurance, University of Illinois
Isaac Galvan, Senior Application Developer, University of Illinois
Keith Wessel, IAM Architect, University of Illinois

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Our webinars are held the second Wednesday of every month. They are held at 2 pm ET, 1 pm CT, Noon MT, and 11 am PT.

IAM Rewind

Recent IAM Online topics and recordings

Check out the YouTube IAM Online channel, in cooperation with our European partner GEANT.

Our most recent webinars are listed here.

Community Voices: Moving IAM Forward (October 2020)

View the recording (YouTube)

In our new virtual world created by COVID, we have webinars and Zoom calls and virtual conferences, but we don’t have those hallway spaces for people to tell their individual stories on how they got involved in the community and how you can, too.

This IAM Online will focus on the origin stories of our community members: why they got involved and the benefits of working together to solve common issues and challenges. You will also hear about how the IAM community organizes itself through InCommon to explore issues and solutions.

Presenters

Judith Bush, OCLC
Rob Carter, Duke University
Tommy Doan, Southern Methodist University
Rob Gorrell, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Jon Miner, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Laura Paglione, Spherical Cow Group
Jessica Fink, InCommon/Internet2 (moderator)

Hiring for Identity and Access Management (June 2020)

How do we hire for Identity and Access Management? The work requires a wide and diverse skillset and the qualified people already have jobs. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new IAM and budget challenges to higher education, so existing employees are being asked to retrain in these areas.

This webinar will dive into hiring people with the right skills to adapt and learn from the CIO perspective, the core skills to get folks started in IAM from the hiring manager perspective, as well as education and training options to bring new hires up to speed.

Presenters

Kirk Kelly, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, Portland State University
Erica Lomax, Director of Identity and Access, Oregon State University
Jessica Fink, InCommon Advocacy Program Manager
Heather Flanagan, IDPro
Kevin Morooney, Vice President for Trust and Identity and NET+, Internet2 (Moderator)

How Do YOU Use eduroam? (May 2020)

Wi-Fi access has become critical for universities all over the world. Many research and education organizations have turned to eduroam – the global roaming WiFi service – to help students, faculty, staff, and visitors participate in online learning, research, working, and socializing.

This special edition of IAM Online provides a look at how three organizations have leveraged eduroam to meet these new and emerging needs.

  • The Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) recently completed a pilot to provide eduroam at K-12 school districts – a pilot that is now paying dividends
  • The University of Florida has deployed eduroam in some public locations to serve its constituents
  • The University of Delaware is developing ways to provide enhanced mapping of eduroam hotspots to their community

Attend this IAM Online and learn how these organizations are creatively expanding the use and deployment of eduroam.

Moderator
Mike Zawacki, Internet2

Presenters
Saira Hasnain, University of Florida
Sharon Pitt, University of Delaware
Jeff Egly, UETN

Simplifying Federated Access to Scholarly Content and Services (May 2020)

May 13, 2020

Federated access to scholarly content and services for campus users is more important than ever. Campus stakeholders have vested interested in seeing this done well, but often use different language and focus on different aspects of the technology. This webinar will highlight how different groups on campus are approaching support for users and how the scholarly communications industry is using federated technology like SeamlessAccess and GetFTR to enable access.

Moderator
Heather Flanagan

Speakers:
Lisa Hinchliffe – Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ralph Youngen – In his current role at the American Chemical Society, Ralph focuses both on internal technology strategy and external partnerships for the benefit of ACS Publications and the broader research community.

Implementing Two-Factor Authentication – Lessons Learned (April 2020)

April 8, 2020

Two-factor authentication provides a straightforward way to increase the security of online systems and resources. Implementation may not be as straightforward. Join this IAM Online to hear about the implementation challenges and successes, including adopting the technology, by three community members.

The webinar builds on a recent paper developed by a number of community members through the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council, and provides an interactive platform to engage with the authors.

Moderator
Tom Barton, University of Chicago and Internet2

Presenters
Lorrie Burroughs, Georgia Institute of Technology
Hank Foss, Sacred Heart University
Moeen Taj, Montgomery College

Case Studies – Solving IAM Challenges with Community-Built Software (March 2020)

March 11, 2020

Are you interested in how community-built software and services can solve your identity and access management challenges — such as lifecycle management or easing provisioning and deprovisioning concerns? Learn how organizations are solving these and other challenges in this IAM Online. We’ll bring you three case studies from schools participating in InCommon’s 2020 Collaboration Success Program (CSP).

These organizations have access to training, software experts and (most important) one-another as they work through adoption and implementation. They are using the InCommon Trusted Access Platform, the community-developed identity and access management suite.

You’ll hear about:

  • an identity and lifecycle management project and how midPoint will play an integral part
  • an access management use case and how Grouper is saving the day
  • demonstrating how the software can contribute to the development of a long-term IAM roadmap

Presenters

Tommy Doan, Southern Methodist University
Ethan Kromhout, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Lacey Vickery, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Moderator

Keith Hazelton, Internet2

Community Plans and Priorities for 2020 (February 2020)

February 12, 2020

Download the slides (PDF)
View the archived webinar (YouTube)

Do you wonder where the next set of identity and access management priorities and features come from? Would you like to know what’s in the works for 2020?

Key InCommon advisory groups develop work plans each year, inviting  comments and suggestions from community members. Join us for this IAM Online to hear about the service enhancements that might be coming down the pike.

The chairs of each of these key advisory groups will discuss work plans for 2020 and how those might impact InCommon and the broad identity and access management community.
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Moderator
Kevin Morooney, Vice President for Trust and Identity Services and NET+, Internet2

Presenters
David Bantz, University of Alaska (CTAB)
Janemarie Duh, Lafayette College (TAC)
Tom Jordan, University of Wisconsin-Madison (CACTI)

Passwordless Authentication with Shibboleth and WebAuthN (January 2020)

January 15, 2020

Our first IAM Online of 2020 will provide another method of passwordless authentication; this one developed by Duke University.

Duke has integrated its Shibboleth Identity Provider with WebAuthn to allow one-step, passwordless multi-factor authentication. In this session we’ll discuss the evolution of this pilot, including:

  • Initial drivers
  • Proof of concept
  • Early release
  • Iterations, the feedback they generated, and resulting changes

For each of these phases, we’ll discuss challenges, lessons learned, and policy decisions that helped us move forward. We’ll wrap up with recommendations about how to make passwordless authentication a reality at your institution, including some thoughts about technical and political challenges and strategies for moving through those issues.

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Presenters
Mary McKee, Duke University
Shilen Patel, Duke University

Baseline Expectations v2 – Continuing to Raise the Bar (Dec. 2019)

December 4, 2019

Earlier this year, InCommon participants reached 100% adherence to Baseline Expectations for Trust in Federation, a community-driven effort to raise the trust in the InCommon Federation by requiring certain practices and elements in metadata.

The InCommon Community Trust and Assurance Board (CTAB) has begun plans for the second round of Baseline Expectations. After surveying the community and extensive discussions, CTAB is ready to propose Baseline version 2. Join us to hear about the process and the potential requirements.

Presenters
David Bantz, University of Alaska

Albert Wu, InCommon Federation Service Manager

Going Passwordless at Stanford (Nov. 2019)

November 13, 2019

Capping a multi-year effort to move away from passwords, Stanford University has deployed the final component: client certificates that strongly authenticate both the user and the device. This process is integrated with the university’s Shibboleth identity provider and also requires a two-factor login once every 90 days.

Michael Duff, chief information security officer at Stanford, will describe why the university took this approach and lessons learned during the journey. He will also discuss the underlying systems and key design decisions mode over the six-year project. Join us to hear this story of “safer and simpler computing,” which dramatically improves security and the user experience.

Presenters

Michael Duff, Stanford University
Tom Barton (moderator), University of Chicago and Internet2

Containerization: Streamlining Operations and Reducing Downtime (October 2019)

October 9, 2019

Download the slides (PDF)
View the recording

What is all the fuss about Docker and containers, anyhow? What are the advantages of using containerized versions of Shibboleth and Grouper provided by the InCommon Trusted Access Platform? Why might you want to “Dockerize” other in-house applications and services? How can you get started?

Learn how the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) streamlined operations and reduced downtime by moving the Shibboleth Identity Provider from standalone VMs to Docker containers. We’ll discuss what motivated this, how UMBC introduced Docker to its existing environment, how they ultimately transitioned to a container-only deployment, and what’s ahead. Hear about UMBC’s initial roll-out of Grouper using the InCommon Trusted Access Platform and plans to migrate the campus ERP software (PeopleSoft) to containers.

Real-world Experience Moving IdM to the Cloud at Illinois (Sept 2019)

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View the recording (YouTube)

September 11, 2019

Are you considering moving some or all of your identity management infrastructure to the cloud? Want to know more about using containerized software?

Learn how Illinois chose their path to leverage “the cloud” and their “cloud-first” strategy. The implementation team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will share their path to deployment of access management software in the cloud. What started as a Grouper product evaluation led to adapting the InCommon Trusted Access Platform into a continuous integration and continuous development “DevOps” process using low- or no-cost open-source tools.

Hear about the successful deployment of Grouper and planned migration of the  Shibboleth IdP infrastructure to Docker containers in AWS using the Elastic Container Service “Fargate.” This presentation revisits our popular presentation and demo at the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit as an update of sorts with our current state of affairs.

Presenters

Erik Coleman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Keith Wessel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We’re moving your metadata, not your cheese – a webinar on the release of the production candidate service (July 2019)

July 9, 2019

InCommon moves its new metadata service into production on July 9 (as a release candidate for early adoption). This new service – called per-entity metadata or metadata query (MDQ) – will significantly reduce resource utilization on participants’ federation deployments by providing a new way to retrieve metadata.

Download the slides (PDF)

View the recording

Shibboleth development roadmap and consortium update (April 2019)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Shibboleth Consortium is an international non-profit consortium that is responsible for the development, support, maintenance, and strategic direction of the Shibboleth software, which is prevalent in InCommon and federations worldwide.

In the two years since the Consortium was last presented at IAM Online, its membership has grown significantly, largely from US institutions joining. The growth in membership has placed the Consortium on a stronger financial footing, and enabled expansion in the development team.

As we move into the second quarter of 2019, this webinar will provide a short update on the status of the Consortium before moving to present the Shibboleth development roadmap for the next 12 months, seeking feedback from the community of users.

Presenters

  • Scott Cantor (Ohio State), Shibboleth Developer and Board Member
  • Justin Knight (Jisc), Shibboleth Consortium Manager

CILogon and eduTEAMS: Collaboration and virtual organizations made easy (March 2019)

March 20, 2019

Are you interested in exploring ways that federation and identity management can be easier for research projects, virtual organizations, and other collaborations? Join us to learn about two new services: CILogon’s subscription federated identity platform, and GÉANT’s eduTEAMS service for managing user membership and access rights.

CILogon’s new subscription service offers a hosted federated identity and collaboration management platform for research projects on campus. Developed under funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, CILogon’s open source software-as-a-service platform builds on the Shibboleth and COmanage software.

Leveraging the ubiquitous presence of eduGAIN federated identities, eduTEAMS – a service provided by GÉANT – enables communities to securely access and share common resources and services. Implementing the AARC Blueprint Architecture, eduTEAMS provides a central point for communities to manage user membership and access rights, connect services and identity providers and centrally apply access policies.

Presenters

  • Tom Barton, Moderator, University of Chicago and Internet2
  • Jim Basney, Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Christos Kanellopoulos, Senior Trust and Identity Manager, GÉANT

OpenID Connect and OAuth in the R&E community (Dec. 2018)

December 12, 2018

How are trust and identity initiatives shaping the adoption of OpenID Connect (OIDC) and OAuth 2.0 technologies within and for the research and education community? How can home organizations and research projects ensure these technologies deliver what we need for use cases involving multiple institutions? Llearn how InCommon, REFEDS, GÉANT, and others are coordinating efforts to influence the evolution of these technologies, including the creation of a R&E working group within the OpenID Foundation. Attendees will learn practical ways to navigate this landscape, with recommended actions to plan for in 2019.

Presenters

  • Rachana Ananthakrishnan, Globus
  • Roland Hedberg, Catalogix
  • David Vaghetti, Consortium GARR
  • Albert Wu, InCommon/Internet2

Moderator

  • Nathan Dors, University of Washington

IAM Access Governance and Grouper 2.4 (Sept. 2018)

September 12, 2018

Interested in the Internet2 IAM software suite (a.k.a. TIER)? Planning on deploying or upgrading Grouper? Join us for the next IAM Online, which will focus on the TIER access governance strategy described in the Grouper Deployment Guide, a comprehensive document developed collaboratively by and for the trust and identity community.

Bill Thompson will lead you through these topics and touch on the container-based architecture of the Internet2 TIER packaged software. In addition, Chris Hyzer will touch on the features and changes in the new Grouper release (v2.4).

Presenters

  • Chris Hyzer, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bill Thompson, Lafayette College

Moderator

  • Michael Gettes, University of Florida

Identity Matching: How to know who’s who (Aug. 2018)

August 8, 2018

Identity Matching is an essential part of any institution’s identity management processes. When a new student or employee enters the system, are they already known from a previous affiliation? What if an error is corrected later in their identity data? How does the system detect possible duplicate identities later? Doing identity matching well is really hard, but preventing duplicate identities or cases of mistaken identity can lead to some sticky situations.

In this IAM Online, you’ll hear from two speakers with ideas to help you improve your identity matching practices. Summer Scanlan will talk about some of the procedures used at the University of California, Berkeley for identity matching and her work to continue to improve them. Ben Oshrin from Spherical Cow Group will explain the technology behind identity matching and give a sneak peek at identity matching work coming out of Internet2’s TIER initiative.

Presenters

  • Benn Oshrin, Spherical Cow Group
  • Summer Scanlan, University of California, Berkeley

Moderator:

  • Keith Wessel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign