It’s easy to forget your password if you’ve been away from Ohio State for a few months. Now there’s a new, easier way to reset your password by receiving using the SMS text message service on your phone (SMS is “Short Message Service”).
FACT: Synchronizing many university systems as one process through my.osu.edu enhances university security and empowers end-users.
FICTION: High traffic at my.osu.edu will cause delays in future 90-day password resets.
FACT: The initial password change for 90,000+ users at my.osu.edu generated a high volume of activity in order to synch many systems for the first time. Delays that some individuals experienced during their first visits are unlikely for future resets, as those systems are now synched.
More than 70,000 Ohio State faculty, students and staff have visited my.osu.edu to initiate their first password change, transitioning them to the new Identity and Access Management (IdM) System and contributing to the university’s efforts to consolidate disparate account management processes. The IdM Program’s foundation provides important security and identity management functions across the university in addition to password changing.
Creating Individual Accounts
It is clear that the risks of data compromise are as serious as ever, ensuring that the time and energy spent on security within information technology is a worthy investment for any institution. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), more than 16 million data records were compromised in 2010 corporate and government data breaches. A report from September 6, 2011, shows that there have already been more than 13 million records compromised this year.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and several university partners achieved a huge milestone for Ohio State that has resulted in the streamlining of several processes. The completion of the foundational release of the Identity and Access Management (IdM) Program has consolidated the once disparate processes of: creating individual accounts, managing e-mail delivery, changing passwords, and managing sponsored guests.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is pleased to announce that the Identity and Access Management (IdM) team will begin go-live activities on August 9-12 to implement the final phase of the program’s first release.
Completion of these go-live activities result in:
A critical defect in one of the Identity and Access Management (IdM) system connectors was identified during the June 24-26 cutover activities prompting OCIO to suspend the launch of my.osu.edu until it can be resolved. The university community should wait for further announcement on its availability.
Soon the Identity and Access Management (IdM) Program will implement the foundation of a new IdM system. There are other key changes and best practices related to implementation of the new IdM system and my.osu.edu with which the Office of the CIO would like you to be familiar.
From the moment we become a member of the university community, we are assigned an Ohio State Username (lastname.#). Our identifying information gets transferred to various systems and modified as we transition from student to alumni to employee to retiree. But how does the university manage all of these transitions in information and affiliation type? How do we use a username and password to tell the difference between you and E. Gordon Gee and a newly enrolled student? Importantly, how do we ensure accuracy, security and privacy protection?
The university recently adopted standard password practices that include a requirement to reset your password every 90 days as well as other minimum requirements for password strength. A new site, my.osu.edu, will go live in August 2011 to aid the transition to the new standard. The change will be felt across our university community, which is why a detailed transition schedule is planned to support colleges and organizational units.