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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Cirrus Identity joins Internet2's Incommon Affiliate Program

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Sep 17, 2015 7:00:00 AM
Check out this great post by Internet2!What are you writing about today?
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Login User Experience: Before and After Cirrus Identity

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Aug 27, 2015 7:00:00 AM

We are working with Newcastle University in the motherland. Here is what their log-in process looked like before Cirrus Identity.

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Topics: Social Identity, Higher Education

Enabling University Parent Login with the Cirrus Gateway

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Aug 16, 2015 10:08:00 AM

At the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), new students and their parents attend summer orientations to learn all about the campus. Parents always ask, “how can I access information about my child's course schedule, tuition, and their grades”? Up until Cirrus Identity, the answer has been, "talk to your kid!" As parents, we know that is often a difficult task as students are engrossed in their college lives. Parents need a way to check in without having to track down their sons and daughters.

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Topics: Higher Education

Cirrus Identity joins Internet2 as an Industry Partner

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Aug 14, 2015 9:00:00 PM

Cirrus Identity is happy to announce that we have joined Internet2 as an Industry Partner. Internet2 and InCommon are key strategic partners in achieving our goal of streamlining access to EdTech services. In 2014, we engaged actively with the Higher Ed identity community as a part of the InCommon Affiliate program, and through regular participation in InCommon sponsored workgroups and annual conferences. As the InCommon Affiliate program makes way for new Internet2 industry alliance programs, we look forward to continued engagement with InCommonInternet2, other Net+ providers, and especially with the EdTech community, in 2015.

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Topics: EdTech, Partnerships

Integrating eduPerson Schema ePPN with Cirrus Identity

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Jul 23, 2015 9:00:00 PM

One of the most widely adopted unique identifiers in higher education federated identity management is eduPersonPrincipalName (ePPN), defined as part of the eduPerson LDAP schema established by Internet2’s Middleware Architecture Committee for Education (MACE-dir). Historically, ePPN is defined by a campus and includes a local, unique identifier (netID) scoped at the campus domain, e.g.

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Topics: Higher Education, OpenID Connenct, SAML, Federated Identity Management, EdTech

It’s My Party...I’ll invite Social IDs If I Want To

Posted by Dedra Chamberlin on Jul 23, 2015 9:00:00 PM

So you’re throwing a party! And in this case, it’s a Relying Party, or as we like to call them in the Higher Education world, a Service Provider. For the sake of broader audience appeal, and to make my whole “party” analogy work, I’ll stick with “Relying Party” in this post.

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Topics: Social Identity, OpenID Connenct, SAML