LTS Embarks on Identity and Access Management Program
Library and Technology
Services has launched a new Identity and Access Management (IAM)
program to address the increasing importance of providing
privacy and security for electronic identities and online
information and resources.
carefully evaluating commercial applications, LTS selected
the Oracle Identity Management software and the technical
firm APTEC to manage the fast track implementation. In
addition, an LTS Identity and Access Management team has
been formed to help with the implementation and to provide
ongoing development and maintenance of the program.
provides electronic resources and services to an expanding
set of constituents, not only the campus community of
faculty, staff and students, but also distance education
students, alumni, trustees, admitted students, parents, and
partners from other institutions.
LTS is challenged with
ensuring that the individuals using Lehigh systems are
properly identified and are granted appropriate access. At
the same time, protecting privacy and safeguarding
confidential information, intellectual property and
strategic information is essential, while guaranteeing
compliance with the licensing and contractual agreements
that allow the provision of these resources.
The initial phase of the
implementation project includes interviewing a number of
stakeholders and Lehigh staff members throughout the
University who are responsible for internal data.
They will be asked to
assist with the identification of current requirements and
possible future needs of the new identity and access
management system. The second phase will involve the
integration of the Oracle Identity Manager with core computer
The goal at the end of
the implementation is to have a carefully designed
infrastructure that enables Lehigh to achieve its security
objectives and auditable compliance, and is supported by
comprehensive, up-to-date documentation of policies,
workflows and technical processes.
In the future, the
Identity and Access Management program will be capable of
accommodating innovations and changes in technology,
incorporating upgrades and integrating additional systems.
It also will enable compliance with changing legal
requirements, and support additional user roles and methods
of identification. Retina scans, anyone?
-- Sara Rodgers
Article posted April 8