I/AM moves up from 6 to 5, alright pop pickers? Not 'arf
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I/AM (identity and access management) has moved up from number 6 to number 5, about which the report says:
Critical questions for Identity/Access Management include the following:
- What is the institution's documented process for verifying the identity of individuals and linking physical and electronic identities?
- What standards, trust systems, or existing federations (e.g., InCommon) can be used to ensure that an institution can trust another institution's electronic identities?
- Are I/AM policies and processes adaptable and flexible to allow for changes in roles and access rights over time?
- How should institutions strike the balance between carefully managing identity and access and utilizing broadly distributed networked resources?
- Do current I/AM strategies account for federation and single sign-on with third-party hosted and cloud-based applications?
- How can institutions create stronger linkages between physical and electronic identities?
(Note: the bullet points were not numbered in the original.)
I think the JISC's work on the UK Access Management Federation has done much to help with these kinds of issues in the UK, so I wonder if the critical questions in the UK might be somewhat different? For example, number 2 would probably focus more heavily on issues around inter-federation trust (i.e. trust between institutions in the UK and those elsewhere).
Numbers 3 and 4 are interesting and I expect that these kinds of issues will be touched on during next week's Where next for resource licensing? event, organised jointly by JIBS and Eduserv and from which I hope to live-blog on eFoundations LiveWire. The explicit cross-over between resource licensing and access management seems to feature fairly low in our discussion priorities (at least as far as I'm aware) though it is clearly a topic of interest to Eduserv, since we offer services in both spaces (Licence Negotiation and Access and Identity Management).
I suspect that number 5 is of interest to us all and, for information, we have a bit of work bubbling under here at the moment to link together OpenAthens with Google Apps, though I'm not sure if there's anything more public that I can share with you yet.
Number 6 looks interesting, though I'm slightly bemused by what it actually means.