Off-Campus Internet-based Computing Services represent a growing variety of services available on the internet. Such services can be useful to SVSU in its administrative pursuits.
Internet-based computing is a general term used to include a variety of computing and information services and applications run by users across the Internet on the service provider's systems, instead of run "locally" on personal computers or campus-based servers.
Definition : These Internet-based services are sometimes called:
Some examples of these Internet-based services range from Google Apps to Microsoft Live services, and YouTube. As of early 2009, Internet-based services are still an early and somewhat immature business model. Because of heated competition in this space, we can expect considerable innovative investment will be focused here. Many Internet-based services are offered free or at very low cost in order to attract and compete for user volume. Several such systems are already in use by administration  .
Almost all decisions to use Internet-based applications are made by individual departments. The content the department enters into the service may involve sensitive data, or valuable intellectual property, or institutional business records. The service may play a key role in the execution of an important business process, such as processing or storing University business records. The University has a vested interest in protecting business processes against unwanted disruptions, and protecting intellectual property and sensitive data against loss or unauthorized access and use.
When contracting for an Internet-based service the Department must document that the vendor adequately addresses the following items::
Transfer of license :
Security, Privacy, and Authentication:
Non-negotiated changes to the service :
Non-negotiated changes to the business model.
Data formats: -
The following risk analysis steps can be helpful to determine the appropriateness of using a Internet-based service. The analysis is designed to help identify potentially appropriate uses by eliminating the riskiest use cases, based on the types of data intended to be deployed in using the service. The triage also identifies ethical issues worth consideration.
3. Student, faculty and staff intellectual property . SVSU's Intellectual Property policies ( ??? ) and policies regarding student intellectual property define the types of intellectual property that belong to students, faculty and staff. Sometimes this property needs to be protected carefully (e.g., content with patent or other commercial potential) and should not be placed in an Internet-based computing situation unless an appropriate contractual agreement can be negotiated between the University and the service provider. Sometimes the owners of this property care less about its protection than they care about the value of the services they will be receiving from Internet-based service. These trade-offs should be considered before using an Internet-based service, and the choices should be made by the involved content owners.
When you are not sure, ask If you are unsure about a choice regarding Internet-based, please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Director or Director of Information Technology Services.
People Admin (HR)
NACElink CSM by Symplicity (Career Planning & Placement)
Prestosports CMS by Prestosports - (Atheletics)
[College Catalogue] (Registrar's Office)
The vendor's system must remotely authenticate SVSU users (staff, students, and system administrators) via secure LDAP, to SVSU' Identity Management System. SVSU's system supports the Core LDAP Version 3 protocol standard (RFC 2251).
For references, see:
SVSU's Future Authentication Standard:
SVSU will be moving to the Novell Identity Management/SAML standard.