Information Technology Services achieves projects to provide an unparalleled IT environment and to support world-class research and teaching at The University of Texas at Austin.
IT Active and Proposed Projects
The IT Active and Proposed Projects listing is a communications tool that provides visibility to IT-driven, non-routine campus-impacting changes. Campus colleagues are welcome to engage with service owners about the project if there is a need for more information or to provide input. While some items are actively in progress, others are tentative pending approval and resourcing. The IT Active and Proposed Projects listing does not include unplanned emergencies and should not be considered comprehensive. The list will be updated on a quarterly basis based on changing university needs.
IT Highlighted Projects
Details for some projects are listed below.
End Date:Est. December 2021
The EPSS Replacement project aims to replace the current Building Access Control (BACS) and intrusion software, and physical security devices currently being managed across the university by ITS UDC-EPSS.
The EPM project is being led and planned by IT representatives from many colleges, schools, and units with the following goals:
- Consistent, shared vision and expectations for endpoint management across the campus
- Greater security of end-user endpoints, both on and off campus, by moving to secure EPM tools and adopting uniform logging and patching practices
- Increased operational efficiency achieved by leveraging a core EPM team to maintain central tools, allowing CSU staff to focus on supporting local needs
- Collaborative operational model that relies on shared ownership and knowledge-sharing between the central EPM team and campus units
The Guest Authentication Project will provide an alternate method of authentication for external users who need to access online university resources. The recommended solution is to make external identities consumable by campus applications using a centrally provided gateway. The project team has been working to deploy selected features offered by the selected vendor, Cirrus Identity, to rollout with early adopters. If you are interested in becoming an early adopter of the Guest Authentication Service, please reach out to the Identity and Access Management team.
End Date:July 2021
A new Network Access Point (NAP) has been constructed, and services must now be migrated to it without disrupting university activities. NAPs are specially designed data centers for all the equipment interconnecting university facilities to each other and the world. The value provided by moving services to the new facility is enhanced survivability and capacity to expand with the university's growing network.
The Next Generation Network Project will address data network issues identified by both internal and external reviews providing:
- Improved service for students, faculty, and staff by providing consistently good wireless and wired networks
- Increased security with a focus on protecting faculty research and university intellectual property by responding rapidly to threats
- Greater operational efficiency enabling College, School, and Unit IT staff to focus on local missions, while shifting the burden of compliance, accountability, and budgets to central ITS
End Date:January 2021
The Identity and Access Management (IAM) team operates several centralized authentication services which protect more than 700 campus systems through a combination of Web Policy Agents (WPAs) installed on on-campus servers as well as SAML federation with on and off-campus systems. These services process more than 65 million authentication requests annually.
This project aims to consolidate authentication services into one service called Enterprise Authentication using the Shibboleth Identity Provider (IdP) software to provide a single sign-on solution based on industry standard protocols and is cloud resilient, easy to integrate with, and stable.
End Date:July 30, 2021
The University White Pages Directory (WHIPS) is a public directory service that contains the public contact information of students, faculty, and staff. The IAM Committee endorsed a proposal from the Information Security Office (ISO) to add EID authentication to the directory web application (https://directory.utexas.edu) and remove LDAP and finger access. This change would limit the ability of bad actors to scrape data from WHIPS for use in various types of attacks. Upon review of this action, the IAM team determined that WHIPS customers and the public Directory website could be transitioned from WHIPS to the uTexas Enterprise Directory (TED), thus allowing the retirement of the LDAP and finger components of the WHIPS service.
The directory web application (https://directory.utexas.edu) will continue to be available behind EID authenticaton.
Nearly 5,000 old WAPs (model 2700/3700) across over 130 buildings will be lifecycled to maintain support and increase capabilities.