InCommon IAM Online Speaker Spotlight: Q&A with Jeremiah Haywood, Lead IAM Administrator, Illinois State University

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By Apryl Motley - Technical Writer & Communications Lead, Internet2 Trust and Identity/NET+ Service

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Jeremiah Haywood, lead IAM administrator in the Office of Technology Solutions at Illinois State University (ISU), will be one of our featured speakers for “Case Study Showcase: Practical Applications of the InCommon TAP Components” as part of IAM Online on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. ET. 

He will be joined by fellow panelists Grady Bailey,  at University of Texas Austin; Jeffrey Crawford of University of California, Los Angeles; and Matthew Economou at InCommon Catalyst Research Data and Communications Technologies.

During Jeremiah’s four years in his current role, ISU has focused on modernizing its identity and access management (IAM) systems. He gave us a preview of some of the insights he’ll share during IAM Online. 

What is the biggest lesson you learned from your deployment of midPoint?

It’s imperative to conduct as much data validation as possible leading up to production deployment. During our deployment, we made a concerted effort to not only test our configurations in dev/test environments but to load QA directories with prod-like data for testing. This allowed us to gain confidence and certainty around expectations on our go-live date.

What is one of the most important pitfalls to avoid in deploying one of these software components?

One of the most important pitfalls to avoid is not using the InCommon community in your deployment process. There are many institutions who may be in a similar state or have already gone through a deployment process that can provide invaluable guidance.

What do you hope attendees will learn from your presentation?

I hope attendees will learn how flexible midPoint is as an identity management solution. The possibilities are endless, and I am happy to share what approaches we took to deploy midPoint successfully at ISU.

Jeremiah Haywood
Jeremiah Haywood, lead IAM administrator in the Office of Technology Solutions at Illinois State University

Best IAM Advice He Ever Received (& from whom):

“IAM is about getting the right access to the right people at the right time.” (Dan Taube, CISO, Illinois State University)

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