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When You Run Across Your High School Buddy on OLDaily

In the midst of my regular daily mix of seeing what new things come into my antennae, I am reading the email update of Stephen’s OLDaily and stop my scan/scrolling– there it is, a familiar name:

How Identity and Access Management Can Help Your Institution Touch Its Toes
Kevin Morooney, EDUCAUSE Connect

This presentation was both fascinating and infuriating. I really liked the style of presentation – page forward through it quickly – and I think the argument is well reasoned. But – it is well reasoned from an institutional perspective. Which make things like fingerprints sound reasonable.

Wait a second! I went to high school with Kevin.. and I know he is currently the CIO at Penn State University. So I browse over to the EDUCAUSE abstract and read:

Successful IT infrastructures and architectures are expected to nimbly provide the context for protecting and sharing information and identities. In today’s world, new legislation, expectations from faculty and students, and managing risk several times a second are all threats to keeping current services relevant and time to market for new services reasonable. Understanding the importance and nature of the intersection created by security, identity, and policy is vital to planning the future of our infrastructures and architectures.

Now if I was reading this anywhere, it might end up in my brain like the sounds of Mrs. Donovan (Charlie Brown’s teacher). I understand the gist, but its not my typical realm of places I dwell.

But wait a minute, there is a catchy title there that says it may not be the marathon of bullet points– so I check out the presentation (PDF) and woah! Its amazing visuals, no bullet points, all KeyNote, and I love the opening bit done as a madlib:

The concept of “was-is” says this is a new wave CIO:

And look at how they are looking at identity and connectivity to many systems at PSU:

So thanks Stephen, as always, for making me an unlikely connection, and way to go Kevin (you’ve been downsed_… though the presentation file is not the presentation.. I like what you are doing (and will not mention the pile of incriminating photos I have of you back in the 1980s ;-)

Actually Kevin and I get to catch up every year or so at EDUCAUSE events, and marvel at how we entered college in different fields (me in Geology, he in engineering) and both end up in IT.

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  1. Very cool presentation and connection with your old buddy! I can relate to the issues since I live in the land of security (it’s our middle name:-)

  2. Hi,
    I’m Tom Fuller and I’m working with the English government body Becta (which advises the UK government on using technology in education). This is sort of a bleg–we’ve set up a blog and wiki and are looking for feedback on how technology can help schools. It is not oriented around the curriculum or the classroom–it’s more how schools can improve process delivery, recruitment, training, hr, etc.

    The blog is here:

    And a link to the associated wiki is on the blog. Hey–we’re going to give away £1,000 to best contributor, and Apple iPhones to second and third… might be worth your while.

    Thanks for letting me bleg here.

  3. Never expected to make it into this part of the world. Way cool. I’m humbled that anyone found it much less liked it. That’s great – really, it’s great. And I’m not just saying that to get out of the picture extortion :-) .

    Good to bump into each other here as well. Love the internet.

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