Edith Cowan University ups security

Identity management system to go live late 2010

Edith Cowan University is to up its identity management capabilities with the deployment of a new Identity and Access Management system across the organisation’s three campuses.

Along with improving the process of managing identities within the university, the project will aim to ensure the right processes and systems are put in place to make sure access to University IT resources, data and physical security systems is based on a person’s role.

The project will also provide the ability to federate identity information, and ensure good security practices are put in place across the university.

A Central Authentication System (CAS) is presently used for the creation of accounts within the University, and uses a simple password mechanism in order to provide access to various IT services on campus.

The system provides links between key systems such as staff records, student records and IT user account systems, so that users of IT facilities have timely and correct access to systems and networks according to their employee and/or student status.

In University documents the education institution said that separate systems – Alesco, Callista, and RightNow CRM - were used for creating identities for staff, students and prospective students, leading to instances in which one person could have multiple identities.

“One of the main aims of this project is to maintain a single lifelong identity, from an individual’s initial contact with the University right throughout their lifecycle as a student and/or staff member to alumni member,” the documents read.

The university said the go-live timeframe for the new security system was expected to be between December 2010 and January 2011.

In December the university announced it would begin rolling out the Live@edu hosted email platform from Microsoft to 36,000 students

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