Northeastern Joins the InCommon Federation

Northeastern recently became a member of the InCommon Federation. The InCommon Federation serves the U.S. education and research communities, supporting a common framework for trustworthy shared management of access to online resources. Through InCommon, members of the Northeastern community will be able to access additional resources hosted by other institutions (research institutions, vendors, etc.) while utilizing their Northeastern provided myNEU electronic accounts. Thus, community members will not have to obtain, manage, and remember additional login IDs and passwords to access services such as Lynda.com.

The federation currently has over 350 higher education and research organizations as members and Northeastern’s Identity Management practices and policies had to be certified to achieve membership. With over 120 service providers focused on the higher education market supporting this federation, additional services will be made available to the Northeastern community. Membership within the InCommon Federation will also allow Northeastern to simplify the purchase and management processes related to Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates which help ensure secure access to services provided by various Northeastern departments to the community.

General information regarding the InCommon Federation may be found on the InCommon website. Questions regarding Northeastern’s participation may be directed to Kevin Legget at k.legget@neu.edu.

Posted in 2012 December IS Newsletter.