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New general password tool is now live

IAM logoThe Identity & Access Management Programme (IAM Programme) has replaced the aging and unsupported back end solution of the current IDMS (Identity Management) system.

UC’s new Identity & Access Management (IAM) solution is now live.

What does that mean for you?

The upgrade allows UC to provision IT accounts and accesses much faster and more accurately than in the past. It also allows UC to integrate with cloud-based solutions in future.

UC students will now use the new general password tool to change their password as required.

The new general password tool is be accessible via the ITS Website and users will be re-directed to an external site with a url name of uc.okta.com.

Okta Login

 

Existing Students

Existing students can login with their current user code and password and need to enter the following:

  • a personal email address – mandatory (not shared with other systems) – when added you will receive a confirmation email to this address
  • a mobile phone number – not mandatory (not shared with other systems),
  • and choose a security image (see selection image for an example. Once set the image will be displayed each time you login)

IAM

Note: Personal email addresses and mobile phone numbers in the new password tool are not shared further and are only held in the password tool for the purpose of an additional source of authentication (i.e. verification email or text message code). The additional source of authentication is used to send either an email or a text message to verify the change/set of the password. The additional verification will be enabled in 2020.

If you forget your password, you can re-set it yourself via the new password tool. And there is no need for you to contact the IT Service Desk during UC’s working hours anymore. The new tool is available 24/7.

Automated email from Okta (new password tool)

As part of the migration work you will have received a few weeks ago a system generated email from Okta (which is part of the new IAM solution).

There are no actions required from your side.

The system generated email looked similar to this one:Okta_automated_mesage

 

Where can I get help?

Please contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou | Seasons greetings for Christmas and the New Year

The IAM Project Team


See previous IAM related communication:

Join the UCSA’s 2020 advisory groups

Applications are now open for the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA)’s advisory groups. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to make a difference on campus, and gain valuable experience. If you’d like to be involved, we’d love to hear from you!

The roles

The International Advisory Group – Help the student voice and work towards creating a stronger sense of wellbeing for international students.

The Postgraduate Advisory Group – Help create a campus that continues to listen to the interests, advice and feedback of postgraduate students.

Examples of issues and initiatives from 2019:

  • Provided input on the weighting of part-time PHDs.
  • Provided feedback to the academic strategy.
  • Introduced postgraduate yoga.

The Equity and Wellbeing Advisory Group – Help the UCSA create a campus where everyone is welcome and can succeed and belong.

Applications

If this sounds like you, head over to the UCSA website for more information or to apply. Applications close Wednesday 27 November 2019.

 

Emergency Mobile Alert: Test Notifications on 24 Nov

On Sunday 24 November between 6pm and 7pm, you may receive a test emergency notification alert through to your mobile phone. There’s no need to panic, this is a nationwide test as part of the government’s Get Ready campaign to check that your mobile device can receive the alert in the event of a real emergency. You don’t need to do anything upon receiving the alert.

What is the Emergency Mobile Alert system?
Emergency Mobile Alerts are messages about emergencies sent by authorised emergency agencies to capable mobile phones.

Why am I receiving this alert?
The alerts are designed to keep you safe and are broadcast to all capable phones from targeted cell towers. They can be targeted to areas affected by serious hazards and will only be sent when there is a serious threat to life, health or property, and, in some cases, for test purposes.

As these are sent by cell broadcast, there is no option to opt out of receiving these alerts. They are for your safety and play an important role in emergency procedures in New Zealand.

If your phone is from overseas or parallel-imported, it may work in New Zealand, however your experience may differ from those sold in New Zealand. Check to see if your phone is capable of receiving alerts>

When am I likely to receive this alert?
The next scheduled, annual test is for Sunday 24 November between 6pm and 7pm. Unless it is specified as a test, the only other time you will receive one will be in the event of a real emergency.

Why are these alerts being tested? 
Since the system was launched in November 2017, a test has been held annually to ensure the Emergency Mobile Alert system works well. The test allows for the system and cell towers to be evaluated as well as your phone’s ability to receive the alert.

What to do next…
There’s nothing you need to do after receiving the alert. There will be a form available for your feedback on the test via the Ministry of Civil Defence website.

Other emergency communication channels to be aware of
In a real emergency, these alerts will never be used in isolation, there will be other places for you to find information.

For more information, visit the Get Ready website>