Welcome to the TIER
January Newsletter

Welcome to the TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research) Newsletter for January 2017. The purpose of this e-newsletter is to keep you informed on what's happening in the TIER project.

About TIER

TIER is a community-initiated effort, coordinated by Internet2, to develop a consistent, rationalized approach to identity and access management that simplifies campus processes and advances inter-institutional collaboration and research. TIER is both an open source toolset and a campus practice set.

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Blog Posts

From the TIER Community Investor Council

TIER Production Candidate Release Ready for Download and Testing

We are pleased to announce that the latest TIER Production Candidate Release is now available for download and testing. Your feedback on the release is the key to the TIER program’s next steps. Read this blog post to learn about the TIER release, including how to  download, test and share your feedback on it.

From Kevin Morooney, Internet2 Vice President for Trust and Identity

“We’d like to extend a special note of thanks to the TIER Packaging Group, led by Jim Jokl of the University of Virginia, for producing the first iteration of the Production Candidate on schedule! Jim’s work with the team of campus professionals as well as the commercial service partners has moved the initiative forward toward our long-term goal of sustainability and supportability in producing a “standard” release package. We want to acknowledge that this was no small feat and the accomplishments of this team will result in a multiplier effect that benefits the campuses who no longer need to do all of the heavy lifting when deploying these components.”

Here’s a special shout-out to The Ohio State University, the very first TIER investor campus to download and provide feedback on the new TIER Production Candidate Release. The TIER team looks forward to receiving feedback on the TIER Production Candidate Release from all TIER Investor Schools and beyond. Your feedback is the key to making continuous improvements and meeting the community requirements.

TIER Community Contributors Make the Difference

James Babb, Tom Jordan, and Jon Miner, University of Wisconsin-MadisonAs we start 2017, take a look back at the TIER contributors profiled throughout 2016. Our outstanding, contributing community is what makes all the difference.

Continue the Conversation: Gender and Diversity in Information Security and Information Technology

Gender Diversity in Info Security panelRead this guest blog post by Helen Patton, CISO, Ohio State University, (pictured second from the left) to discover guiding principles for anyone interested in supporting gender and diversity initiatives.

Working Group Updates

TIER Data Structures and APIs, TIER Registries

This month’s TIER working group focus is on the TIER Data Structures and APIs working group and the TIER Registries working group. Get the latest news in this blog post from TIER working group chairs Keith Hazelton (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Warren Curry (University of Florida).

Key Internet2 identity initiatives are supported in part by National Science Foundation grants. For more information, see specific software sites.

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