Identity and Access Management at Miami

You can’t spell Miami without IAM

Identity and Access Management is, at its heart, a phrase that describes the process by which people access the tools and resources they need. It asks and answers three questions:

  • Who are you?
  • What is your role?
  • What permissions do you need to fulfill your role?

At Miami, those questions can be complicated. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti… There are a lot of different roles—and therefore account types and permissions—to manage.

Once these questions are answered clearly, it provides a picture of what kinds of applications and systems you need in order to be successful. Students need access to Canvas. Some staff members need access to Banner. Faculty may need access to both.

IT Services is working on a project that will make answering these questions—and keeping track of our roles—easier and more user-friendly. The Identity and Access Management Program will touch all of the various systems used throughout the University (e.g., Banner, myMiami, Gmail, TeamDynamix, etc.) and will help us determine a better way to manage account types and the appropriate permissions associated with them. With IAM in place, it will be easier to grant access to the resources you need, when you need it.

After all, you can’t spell Miami without IAM!

Why do we need IAM at Miami?

There are several key benefits of IAM that will be immediately apparent:

  1. It makes your job easier. When we can more accurately determine the role and required permissions of the person logging in, we can help them access the tools they need to do their job or excel in their coursework. And as their roles change (for instance, if a former student gets hired as a staff member), permissions will change with them.
  2. It improves security. We can make sure that people are who they say they are—the “identity” part of the phrase. This helps keep the malicious actors out and our community in. What’s more, giving the right people access to the right things at the right time means that everyone’s data is more secure.
  3. Speed! This new program will bring greater flexibility and security to many different systems at Miami. Onboarding will be simplified.

IAM also means greater compliance with regulatory standards, reducing demands on IT resources, and faster workflows. Simply put: You get access to what you need, when you need it.

All of these benefits come together to form a more complete picture of who you are, what your role is at Miami, and how you fit into the grand scheme of things from a technology standpoint.

IAM Project Updates

3/11/2022

The IAM Program Core Team and MTC continue to work on the final deliverables and recommendations provided by MTC. Final decisions will be made soon!

The core team also discussed forming an important group of folks who will take a harder look at the "Problems IAM Should Solve" document and pinpoint areas that are more about business process improvements rather than technology upgrades. This team will meet for three weeks and bring their findings back to the main group.

2/15/2022

The IAM team and Moran Technology Consulting are nearing the culmination of their partnership. MTC delivered an incredible document of recommendations and are working on providing a roadmap of what they see our next steps are.

12/14/2021

The IAM Program Core Team welcomed representatives from Moran Technology Consulting to campus today for a week of in-person workshops. We're happy to meet our partners in person for these in-depth working sessions.