Welcome to Community Update June 2017

The June 2017 issue of Community Update brings you the latest headlines from around the Internet2 community, and of course, a generous helping of events and social media items.

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Internet2 News

Internet2 Names Howard Pfeffer New President and CEO

Howard PfefferThe Internet2 board of trustees announced the appointment of Howard Pfeffer as its new president and chief executive officer (CEO). Pfeffer brings over 30 years of experience in networking, systems and software engineering and helped pioneer the development of broadband Internet in the cable industry. Pfeffer will replace Internet2’s current president and CEO H. David Lambert, effective June 12, 2017.

Budget Update

budget graphicThe Internet2 management team began the annual budgeting process immediately following this year’s Global Summit. The process involves confirming the path to achieve the current year’s Board approved budget, detailing the expected 2018 budget needed to achieve the strategic objectives developed through a Board process, and projecting out through the ensuing three years. Management will work with the Audit & Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees to finalize the numbers for a late July Board meeting. Final approval this year will be deferred from the July meeting to the November meeting to allow the new CEO an opportunity to fully evaluate the plan.

Award Winners Honored at 2017 Global Summit

award winnersInternet2 meetings are a great time to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the community, and the 2017 Global Summit was no exception. The following community members received honorary awards during the meeting. Thank you for your service to the R&E community! (See also Gender Diversity Initiative Scholarship Winners Share their Global Summit Experiences.) 

Blog Posts

Security Scene: Implementing an Internet2 Network Security Program

security illustrationPaul Howell, Internet2 chief information security officer, kicks off a series exploring the benefits—and experiences—of implementing an Internet2 Network security program. Part 1 covers some background, and describes the initial security risk assessment undertaken to determine the security posture of the network and discover where other control layers might be required.

Lessons Learned: Deepfield Demos

Lessons Learned at Deepfield DemosBlank stares from audiences at earlier demos taught Ryan Nobrega to talk to attendees beforehand, assess their particular contexts and needs, and focus the demo on those areas. Result? Positive feedback from the community.

Ian Glazer Keynote Recap: Roadmap for Scalable, Standards-based, Privacy-preserving Identity Solutions

Ian GlazerMiss Ian Glazer’s Global Summit keynote address—or want a refresher? Ian's talk, the first major identity-focused Global Summit keynote address, marked a milestone for the Internet2 community in its longstanding commitment to the growth and adoption of mature, scalable, standards-based identity and access management solutions.

Gender Diversity Initiative Scholarship Winners Share their Global Summit Experiences

sitwithme.org red chairPromoting diversity in technology through scholarship awards is the mission of the Gender Diversity Initiative (GDI) awards, but also a rallying cry for Internet2 members. What difference does it make? Hear it for yourself in the words of four Global Summit GDI awardees.

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Community News

MCNC Boosts Cybersecurity on North Carolina R&E Network

SOC 2 cybersecurity certificationMCNC has successfully completed a Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II examination that not only defines what controls should be in place, but also verifies that MCNC is appropriately managing security risks and is a trusted partner, serious about data protection and effective operations.

Who Are You? The Importance of Identity in Higher Ed Research

slide from Ian Glazer talkFind out the importance of identity in higher ed research in this article from the Center for Digital Education covering Ian Glazer's Global Summit presentation on “The Changing Face/Fate of Identity.”

Toward Gigabit Libraries

digital library imageThis D-Lib Magazine feature on the “Toward Gigabit Libraries” project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), explains how the project aims to help close the digital divide that still persists in small, rural, and tribal libraries by providing tools enabling librarians to improve their broadband services and become stronger advocates for their libraries’ broadband infrastructure needs.

Internet2 Powers Precision Agriculture to Improve Farming and Feed the World

John Nowatzki precision agriculture imageRead how Internet2, Midwest Big Data Hub, North Dakota State and other universities are fueling the agriculture business and helping to feed the world by giving precision farming efforts in the heartland a big speed boost, supported by the National Science Foundation.

All the World’s a (Virtual) Stage

virtual theater performanceFarewell to Dawn, a mixed reality dance performance collaboration between Rochester Institute of Technology and Nazareth College shows how virtual and augmented reality are poised to take their place on the world’s stage. Read how Internet2’s Metaverse Working Group is leading the way, pursuing open and non-proprietary standards for the security, identity, and interoperability.

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