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Internet2 at Educause

TUE 10/30
Time Title Description Location
8:00 am–11:30 am Strategies for Streamlining Security Assessments Using the HECVAT

Session Type: Pre-conference Workshop

Campus IT environments are rapidly changing, and the speed of cloud service adoption is increasing. How are campuses managing the risk posed by these services? This workshop will focus on how information security teams can work with campus stakeholders to manage and assess the risks surrounding the use of cloud services.

Meeting Room 401/402
9:00 am–12:00 pm RUCC Meeting Session Type: Meeting Meeting Room 205
WED 10/31
Time Title Description Location
12:30 pm –1:30 pm Identity Federation 2.0: Toward True Seamless Access to Resources

Session Type: Poster Session

As multiorganization research, teaching, and learning collaborations become more commonplace, federated identity management has made things easier. But just participating in the federation is not enough. Common policies and processes among all organizations will make things seamless as the end user accesses collaboration resources.

Board 202, Poster Area, Exhibit Hall B-E
2:30 pm –3:15 pm Shared Cloud Security Assessments Working Group Update: Cloud Broker Index

Session Type: Breakout Session

Cloud vendor security assessments continue to be a hot topic for security programs. The HECVAT initiative is working to build more efficient and consistent cloud vendor assessments in higher education. Come hear about the new Cloud Broker Index, latest project updates, and use cases and give feedback to the working group.

Mile High Ballroom 2C/3C, Ballroom Level
4:15 pm –5:00 pm Identity Federation 2.0: Toward True Seamless Access to Resources

Session Type: Poster Session

As multiorganization research, teaching, and learning collaborations become more commonplace, federated identity management has made things easier. But just participating in the federation is not enough. Common policies and processes among all organizations will make things seamless as the end user accesses collaboration resources.

Board 202, Poster Area, Exhibit Hall B-E
THU 11/1
Time Title Description Location
10:45 –11:30am Reimagining the Next-Generation Research and Education Network

Session Type: Breakout Session

US research and education ecosystem infrastructure requirements are rapidly evolving to include not only advanced networks but also cloud interconnect, research platform support, software API support, and self-service automation features. Internet2 and community partners have been working with CIOs, regional and state network leaders, engineers, architects, security experts, and industry partners to discuss innovative ideas and concepts for future infrastructure investments to support the next generation of the Internet2 infrastructure. We're working with a series of community-led proof-of-concept pilots and starting detailed planning for initial investments. We'll share lessons learned, current plans for 2019, and next steps.

Mile High Ballroom 4C/D, Ballroom Level
4:15 –5:00pm Higher Ed Collaboration to Impact Cloud Service Needs: What Comes Next?

Session Type: Breakout Session

Learn about Internet2’s latest approaches to cloud support. Internet2 leaders and members will provide updates on cloud services strategies including the latest on new "direct connect" options to the major IaaS providers, as well as cloud identity and access management strategies.

Meeting Room 507
FRI 11/2
Time Title Description Location
9:00 –10:00 am

Collaborative Adoption of Open-Source Identity Solutions for a DevOps Environment

Session Type: Breakout Session

Ten diverse institutions have been collaborating on an open-source, community-driven solution to Identity and Access Management, built upon a DevOps approach to implementation. This session will focus on achievements and outcomes of this year-long effort and how you can potentially leverage the results of their efforts. Come join the dialogue!

Meeting Room 301/302
Cloud Service Providers

Information regarding which Cloud Service Providers will be attending the Educause Annual Conference 2018 will be added soon.

Trust & Identity

Password and Access Management Got Your Users Down?

Streamline and Standardize with InCommon and TIER

Internet2 provides the community-built and community-driven trust and identity infrastructure that supports faculty and staff, researchers and scholars, and access to services across the U.S. and globally. Two key components are the InCommon Federation and the TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research) software and campus practices.

InCommon Federation

  • Federated identity - SSO for both internal and external applications
  • Secure and privacy-preserving interactions
  • Shared policy and technology standards

The InCommon Federation provides a standards-driven method for providing single sign-on convenience for scholars, researchers, staff, and students to access local, regional, national, and international resources. 


Almost 900 organizations - including more than 550 campuses - use the InCommon Federation for authentication and authorization, with individual using their campus credentials. All organizations agree to common policies and technology to ensure interoperability.

Learn more about the InCommon Federation: https://www.incommon.org/federation/

Download this helpful InCommon basics and resources booklet: https://www.incommon.org/docs/InCommonBasicsandResources.pdf

View this two-minute introduction to federation and InCommon

TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research)

  • Standardized campus practices
  • Combining and simplifying open-source software tools, including
  • Shibboleth SSO and Federating Software
  • Grouper Access Management System
  • COmanage Person Registry
  • Toward a community supported IAM suite

TIER has two components: an open-source software suite and a set of campus practices in identity and access management. 

  • The TIER software includes Shibboleth (single sign-on federating software), the Grouper access management system, and the person registry from COmanage.
  • The campus practice set includes such practices as a multifactor profile, eduGAIN global interfederation, and other IAM recommendations.

Read about TIER: http://www.internet2.edu/vision-initiatives/initiatives/trust-identity-education-research/

Hear about TIER! This video provides an overview of TIER and the reasons Internet2 is putting the resources into this program.