July 15, 2013
With numerous and fast ways to communicate and use services across the Web, identifying people and ensuring that the electronic identity of a person is not used by someone else is becoming a major challenge.
Organizations build reliable and verifiable systems to address this issue, a process known as Identity and Access Management (IAM). IAM helps ensure that an organizations’ research, academic, and administrative resources are accessed only by those with the required credentials. At the University of Florida the IAM system in place is the GatorLink authentication system.
UF is also part of InCommon, a group of organizations, universities, and businesses with procedures in place to trust each other for providing access. Through InCommon, organizations agree that, if UF says a person is allowed to use a service, then the system will trust that declaration and allow access.
UFIT recently expanded capabilities to include a new class of InCommon service providers that focus on research and scholarship. One of these is LIGO, the physics experiment to detect gravitational waves. LIGO is one of the largest projects ever funded by the NSF, and UF researchers are taking the lead in the project’s large-scale detector development and data analysis.
For more information about InCommon or the policies and standards governing identity and access management at UF, contact UFIT’s IAM group.