Spotlight on Information Technology
Virginia Tech receives InCommon Silver assurance for identity credentials
Virginia Tech became the first university to be certified to assert a "Silver" level of assurance with the InCommon Federation. InCommon, operated by Internet2, provides a secure and privacy-preserving trust fabric for research and higher education, and their partners, in the United States. InCommon operates an identity management federation, as well as a related assurance program. Assurance practices determine the confidence in the accuracy of a user's electronic identity and help mitigate risk for the provider of services within the federation. A service provider in the federation may be another university, a government agency, not-for-profit research centers, or vendor partners. With the silver certification, Virginia Tech has received a higher level of assurance that the user logging into a service is, indeed, that person. For more information, see "News from the Assurance Program" at http://www.incommon.org/assurance/.
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The mission of Virginia Tech's Information Technology organization (IT) is to serve the university community and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia by applying and integrating information resources to:
- Enhance and support instruction, teaching and learning;
- Participate in, support and enhance research;
- Foster outreach, develop partnerships with communities and promote the capabilities of advanced networking and communications;
- Provide, secure, and maintain systems allowing the university to accomplish its missions.
Oversight of the security of university information technology resources and information is entrusted to the Vice President for Information Technology by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors »
The Current Annual Activities Report describes the organization’s accomplishments for the 2011-2012 year.
The computing.vt.edu website provides information on IT services.