Rapid Identity, Hamilton’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) tool, replaces a number of disparate systems and facilitates a more seamless experience for both the user and the administrator. This project brings together all identity lifecycles, single sign-on applications, and management of multi-factor authentication under a single system.

What is IAM?

IAM is an abbreviation for “Identity and Access Management”. 

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is an integrated system of policies, people, business processes, and technologies that enable organizations to both facilitate and control their users’ access to critical online applications and IT resources. It applies to software used for creating and deleting accounts, managing passwords, providing single sign on (SSO), and managing authorization (level of access) to systems. Based on people’s roles, IAM systems grant them access to the applications to which they are authorized and provides single sign on functionality for those applications (sign in once to visit any application in the SSO ecosystem).

Why are we changing?

The current identity and access management (IAM) practices at Hamilton College were initially implemented many years ago and grew organically as responses to institutional issues or needs arose over time. Changing technological demands and staffing limitations require that the Hamilton identity environment becomes better standardized, data-driven, more automated, and supportable.; The user experience grew to be cumbersome as new systems required new authentication mechanisms - leaving users disappointed in the IT experience.

Rapid Identity is an enterprise IAM cloud solution that is built upon three functional areas: identity management, access management, and authentication and assurance. Hamilton College is working with Moran Technology as our implementation partner for Rapid ID Cloud. This project will meet four key objectives: to support student success, improve operational efficiency, establish a holistic approach to identity and access management, and to reduce institutional risk.

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