Dedra Chamberlin

Dedra is an identity management geek who decided to take her experience in higher education identity management and start a company so that she can deliver quality identity services to many campuses and organizations instead of just one. She has led identity and access management strategy at leading universities, as Deputy Director of Identity Management at UC Berkeley and UCSF, and as Chair of UC Trust, the workgroup which sets identity strategy for the University of California system. She has participated in numerous nation-wide identity strategy workgroups and speaks regularly at higher ed IT conferences. Dedra knows the pain points of digital identity management because she’s lived them, and as leader of Cirrus Identity, she is bringing innovative, easy-to-integrate identity solutions to educational institutions and companies around the globe.
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2024 Leadership Exchange

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Apr 12, 2024 4:50:20 PM

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Azure AD + Cirrus Bridge = NIH Requirements ✔︎

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Sep 3, 2021 1:20:20 PM

Join us for a webinar to learn how Cirrus Identity's Azure AD SAML Bridge can help you meet the new NIH authentication requirements quickly.

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Topics: Microsoft Azure AD, InCommon

Cirrus Identity and COVID-19

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on May 19, 2020 6:10:57 PM

Universities across the country are still grappling with the impact of migrating many of their services online this past Spring.

For next Fall, whether campuses open for in-person instruction, or opt for online only instruction, most campuses will need to significantly expand their support of online services for next year.

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Topics: Identity and Access Management, COVID-19

Cirrus Identity - Relieving Stress for IT Staff

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on May 19, 2020 5:01:20 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unparalleled pressures on IT teams in Higher Education.

On top of existing project lists that were challenging to manage, staff have been asked to support the migration of many, many services to online delivery virtually overnight.

Cirrus Identity can help!


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Topics: Higher Education, Identity and Access Management

Access to Online Services Should be Simple and Secure-Not Frustrating

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on May 11, 2020 12:12:44 PM

EDUCAUSE SPC is including a focus on mental health related to delivering technology services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cirrus Identity is not a mental health company, but a huge part of our passion is designing solutions that reduce the time and frustration users experience when accessing digital services. 

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Topics: Social Identity, Higher Education, OpenID Connect, Guest Accounts, Security

It's Finally Here! The New Cirrus Identity Website

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Oct 11, 2018 1:01:01 PM

The Cirrus Identity team is proud to launch our new and improved website.

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Topics: Cirrus Identity

Cirrus Identity at EDUCAUSE 2018

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Oct 9, 2018 7:04:36 AM


Our final year as a Startup Alley graduate!

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Topics: Higher Education, EDUCAUSE, Identity and Access Management

Cirrus Identity at Internet2 TechEx 2018

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Oct 9, 2018 6:54:35 AM
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Topics: Federated Identity Management, Identity and Access Management

Participate in our College Applicant Survey

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Aug 10, 2018 12:49:30 PM

Update: Survey Deadline - Friday, August 20 Midnight (pacific)

Cirrus Identity is gathering information about applying to college, from a digital identity management perspective.

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Topics: College, Applying to College, Login

Mark Rank Joins Cirrus Identity!

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Oct 14, 2017 5:15:29 PM

We are thrilled to announce that Mark Rank will be joining Cirrus Identity full-time. Mark is a veteran of higher ed identity, having spent many years at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee wrangling enterprise data and identity management systems. He left UWM to join the identity management team at UCSF, and most recently has served as a Business Analyst and Project Manager at Kaiser Permanente. Mark will serve as Cirrus Identity's Director of Product and Customer Success. There are so many hats Mark can wear, and the startup life will give him the chance to sport them all :-). Mark will officially join at the end of October, and will be attending both the Internet2 Technology Exchange and EDUCAUSE with the Cirrus Identity team. 

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