terena networking conference 2010


Establishing trust by professionalizing identity management at institutions

Mutual trust between SPs and IdPs is the key asset of the Dutch SURFfederatie on which cooperation between parties is based. Since false authentications from any institution will reduce trust in the federation as a whole, SURFnet wants to make the higher education community aware of good identity management practices.

Over the past two years SURFnet has done research on the maturity level of identity management in higher education, to help create this awareness. At the same time we offered our institutions hands on support in professionalizing their identity management. Thanks to these activities we have seen a huge improvement in the maturity level of identity management at institutions already. In the near future SURFnet will continue to help institutions with professionalizing their internal identity management.



  • Eefje van der Harst (SURFnet)