Internet2 InCommon Expands Staff to Support Growing Trust and Identity Activities
Internet2's InCommon and related trust and identity activities are evolving and expanding as interfederation becomes a global priority for the research and education community. With this and Internet2's new TIER initiative taking shape at the same time, we have recently added two highly qualified staff to help in key areas for these programs.
Nick Roy is Internet2's new director of technology and strategy. Nick is responsible for the operations and architectural strategy of the InCommon Federation and related services.
Nick previously served as the technical director at Penn State, where he helped build the new Identity Services Department. He started his career at the University of Iowa where he held positions as a senior systems administrator and systems architect. He was responsible for establishing the university's identity federation service using Shibboleth and the InCommon Federation. He served as a representative on the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's CIOs Identity and Access Management Working Group and participated in the InCommon community as a reviewer for early work on the InCommon Assurance Program and developer of the first Active Directory Silver Cookbook. Nick is a member of the InCommon Technical Advisory Committee.
As Nick steps into this new role, many questions will need to be addressed: What are the next generation federation requirements? What evolving identity standards do we need to influence or include to best serve the community? How do the InCommon operations need to change achieve this new vision? Nick's keen ability to understand the overall business objectives, including TIER integration, and map those to architecture requirements, while also delivering on the resulting operational milestones will enable InCommon to be more responsive to the changing needs of the community and its international partners.
Paul Caskey is Internet2's new program manager of community trust and practices. Paul will be responsible for overall trust and participation in InCommon, including managing the InCommon Certificate Service and the InCommon Assurance Program.
Paul has been working in IT for 20+ years, serving as systems analyst, programmer, systems administrator, network architect, technology architect, and CTO. After several years in the software development and financial services industries, Paul joined the University of Texas (UT) System in 2002 and was most recently the CTO in the UT System Administration's Office of System-Wide Information Services. There, he had primary responsibility for the development and operation of the UT System Identity Management Federation and was the lead on all identity-related services. Paul is also a member of the InCommon Federation's Technical Advisory Committee and is also a lead instructor for InCommon's Shibboleth training classes.
Paul's interest in community outreach and training and value-add service delivery, coupled with his technical ability, will move InCommon into the next era of making federation easier and more valuable.
Please join me in welcoming Paul and Nick to the InCommon team!