Identity Management

Background Information

The electronic organisation of the users’ identities in the campuses has been and still remains one of the most challenging tasks. With the increasing demand to provide online access to resources for their constituency, universities need to think of proper Identity Management System to allow online access without affecting security. In many cases users’ data are spread over and duplicated in many different databases or directories which are administrated by different departments. The result is that a user may need to contact each office to arrange for service and remember several sets of credentials.

What is Identity Management?

An identity management system (IdM) is a system that combines technologies and policies to allow institutions to store users’ personal information and keep them update. This basically means gathering the identity-related information from the systems used to store them (for instance directories), joining them together so that all the data associated with an individual is listed together, then using this information to authenticate a user to access an application and (later) for authorization purposes.

An IdM is the first building block to provide and control users’ access to critical on-line resources and at the same time to protect resources from unauthorized access.

An IdM is the preliminary element to start with to build an AAI system, to connect to eduroam or to set up any other more advance infrastructure that requires more sophisticated authentication mechanisms.

IdM Workshops

In order to promote the usage of middleware technologies at the campus level, TERENA are organising a series of Identity Management Workshop. Aim of the workshops is to provide the knowledge and the know-how to set-up identity management systems (IdMS) for authentication and authorisation infrastructures.