Identity Management

Updates for the Managing Identity & Affiliation Securely (MIDAS) Application

October 13, 2016

We are excited to let you know that the MIDAS Access Request Form has been added to the online ServiceNow Self-Service Portal at   It is located within the Identity & Access Management area. 

This change means no more PDF form!  Instead, a simple online form, with just a few fields to fill in, will enable people to request access to MIDAS. We ask that you share this news (and the link) with anyone who might need to request...

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Two-step Verification Required for VPN and HarvardKey

September 15, 2016

Harvard will soon require the use of two-step verification to access many University resources and applications, including VPN. Don't wait until the deadline, activate two-step verification now:

If you use HUIT VPN services, please take the following actions before September 28: 

  1. Claim your HarvardKey if you haven’t already done so.
  2. ...
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Two-step verification will soon be required for HarvardKey

August 18, 2016

Two-step verification will become required for everyone using HarvardKey this fall. Harvard accounts are actively stolen for fraud and intelligence gathering daily. Two-step verification uses a pre-registered device in your possession, such as your smartphone, to confirm your identity when you log in with HarvardKey. That way, even if your password is stolen, cybercriminals can't get into your account without having that device as well. Two-step verification takes just a few minutes to set up, is easy to use, and in most cases requires your second step just monthly. Activate two-step...

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HarvardKey Update

June 16, 2016

On June 1st we completed the 100% Plan so that everyone in these locations has been migrated to the HarvardKey: FAS, GSAS, GSD, GSE, HDS, HSPH, RAD and SEAS.  The other schools (HBS, HKS, HLS, HMS and HSDM) are working towards moving everyone over by this summer.  Soon, the last outstanding population (Library Special Borrowers) will also be able to claim their HarvardKey.

A power tip for those who have moved over: on the HarvardKey login screen you can still enter your HUID in the Login Name field (just like you did for the old PIN page)....

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HarvardKey Keeps Rolling!

March 17, 2016

On March 16th users at the Harvard Business School became eligible to claim a HarvardKey (to replace their HUID/PIN credential). The final two populations not yet on HarvardKey (Harvard Kennedy School and Library Special Borrowers) will be able to claim later this year. Fourteen Central Administration groups and the Harvard Divinity School went through the deadline process in February and are now at 100% claimed. Other schools that were involved in last summer’s security breach will also have a claiming deadline this spring.  An important note for HR professionals, the ‘Onboarding...

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Claim Your HarvardKey before your HUID/PIN Login Expires

January 21, 2016
HarvardKey is the University’s new unified credential for accessing your desktop, email, and most University applications and online resources with a single, convenient login name and password. HarvardKey also offers an easy-to-use self-service portal for managing your account, giving you full control to change your password and update your recovery information in case you forget your login details. HarvardKey also provides optional two-step verification to keep your data, and the sensitive data you manage, even more secure.
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HarvardKey Rollout Gives Another 50,000 Users Access to New Unified Login Credential

November 19, 2015

HarvardKey is here! Following the HUIT Identity & Access Management program’s successful release Nov. 12, users in FAS, Central Admin, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Design, the Divinity School, the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are now able to claim a HarvardKey account to gain access to the University applications and services they use every day.

And this includes you! If you haven’t yet claimed your HarvardKey, do so today by visiting ...

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HarvardKey is Coming This Fall!

August 13, 2015

HarvardKey is nearly here! A single credential spanning nearly the entire Harvard Community — and a replacement for the current PIN System — HarvardKey gives users one identity for life that enables access to the applications and services Harvard users need every day. HarvardKey makes it easier for new users to get started, makes role changes seamless for users who change roles, jobs, or classifications, and keeps the Alumni community connected to their alma mater.

Brought to you by the Identity & Access Management program at Harvard University Information Technology,...

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HarvardKey is Coming!

February 26, 2015

Introducing HarvardKey — a new approach to account management that gives you and your users access to your Harvard desktop, email, and web-based tools and resources with just one username and password. Beginning in Summer 2015 for a preliminary group of users, will be home to tools for people administrators, a self-claim app for new users, a self-service portal for existing users, and an immediately recognizable login screen to identify trusted systems that accept HarvardKey credentials. You’ll be receiving more information about HarvardKey...

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Change to How HUIDs Are Assigned Gives New Harvard “Persons of Interest” One ID for Life

July 17, 2014

The Identity and Access Management (IAM) team at Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is pleased to announce that beginning July 9, 2014, all Persons of Interest (POIs) new to Harvard will be issued Harvard ID (HUID) numbers using the IDGen system. IDGen has a built-in matching algorithm that greatly reduces the incidence of duplicates, while the previous method of issuing POI-specific Harvard ID numbers that begin with a leading zero lacked a programmatic check for potential identity matches. While...

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