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Thanks to all who the training, and special thanks to Danyell Wilt and the entire AWS team for providing great content and support for answering all the questions.

The video of the session is available at:

https://internet2.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=0ef71592-8360-4cad-b92e-ac01013b6a2c


Here are Danyell's slides:

And here are Sara Jeanes' slides:



The Q&A from the session is here:


Eric Straaavaldsen from UW Madison has shared some code for provisioning GCP accounts with Terraform and Google Cloud Project Factory. The example code configures a repo with three folders mapping to three risk levels (inspired by NIST 800-53).

The code can be found in the Internet2 Cloud Config Github repository at:

https://github.internet2.edu/cloud/GCP-Terraform-Cloud-Project-Factory


Many thanks to those who joined us for the NET+ Learning Management Systems Virtual Town Hall on July 1, 2020. Let us know if you have any suggestions for a future webinar topic.

The recorded video from the session is available here. 

Here are the slides.

Many thanks to those who joined us for the NET+ Learning Management Systems Virtual Town Hall on June 24, 2020. Let us know if you have any suggestions for a future webinar topic.

The recorded video from the session is available here. 

Here are the slides.


Thanks to those who joined us for the May 28 session on Using GCP In Research, and thanks to all those who took part in all four parts of our Getting Started with NET+ GCP Workshop! Please let us know what other GCP related topics you'd like to see covered in future sessions.

I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all the speakers who took part in the series, and especially the people who helped make this series a great success: Emily Nichols, Internet2 project manager extraordinaire; Ryan Bass and the Internet2 Communications team; and Ming Ho, Ryan Martin, and Mike LeHaye from the Internet2 support team.

The video from the session is available here ( https://internet2.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?pid=f81b32fe-7847-409b-8751-abb901142c64&id=4f0157b6-52fb-4faa-b50e-abca0132329f&advance=true).

And here are the slides. Please note that Preetesh Kantak’s research isn’t yet published. As a result, should you wish a copy of his slides please contact him directly.



Many thanks to those who joined us for Andy Chang's very quick overview of Security features in GCP. Let us know if you'd like to see a more in-depth GCP security session as a future webinar topic.

The recorded video from the session is available here (https://internet2.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=c744fd46-5d97-4542-bd37-abc301159e86)

Here are Andy's slides.


Please join us for the last of our Getting Started With NET+ GCP sessions on Using GCP In Research. You can register to attend at https://www2.internet2.edu/i2-online-GCP-workshop-2020:

Using GCP in Research

Thursday, May 28, 2020 1PM ET/12PM CT/10AM PT (60 Minutes)

In the final session, we will hear about exciting research projects utilizing GCP to advance science in the real world, along with how to use NET+ GCP to get research credits and utilizing GCP with NIH Strides funding. Goal for this session is to inspire ideas and ways to utilize GCP for Research within Higher Education.

Speakers: Alice Kamens (Google), Preetesh Kantak (Indiana University), Boyd Wilson (Omnibond), Jamie Sunderland (Internet2)

Peter Traub, Sr Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at University of Virginia has put together a great guide to adopting AWS Control Tower. His guide is now hosted on the NET+ AWS service page - AWS Control Tower Adoption Strategies.

Thanks to all who joined us for our second session in the Getting Started with NET+ GCP workshop.

The recorded video is available in Panopto here (https://internet2.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=62c9da6a-9203-4c11-8d87-abbc015203b1).

Here are the slides:


There are two more sessions as part of the NET+ GCP Workshop - you can register to attend at https://www2.internet2.edu/i2-online-GCP-workshop-2020:

Security in GCP

Thursday, May 21, 2020 1PM ET/12PM CT/10AM PT (60 Minutes)

This third session will feature a Andy Chang from Google, offering an overview of security features within GCP, and how to utilize them within your campus security practices. The goal for this session is to gain a better understanding of security features within GCP.

Speaker: Andy Chang, Google

Using GCP in Research

Thursday, May 28, 2020 1PM ET/12PM CT/10AM PT (60 Minutes)

In the final session, we will hear about exciting research projects utilizing GCP to advance science in the real world, along with how to use NET+ GCP to get research credits and utilizing GCP with NIH Strides funding. Goal for this session is to inspire ideas and ways to utilize GCP for Research within Higher Education.

Speakers: Alice Kamens (Google), Preetesh Kantak (Indiana University), Boyd Wilson (Omnibond), Jamie Sunderland (Internet2)


The video recording and presentation slides from the General Intro to NET+ GCP Workshop session are now available.

The video recording is in Panopto here (https://www2.internet2.edu/l/66332/2020-05-12/c4t4s6).

Here are the slides.


There are three more sessions as part of the NET+ GCP Workshop - you can register to attend at https://www2.internet2.edu/i2-online-GCP-workshop-2020:

Managing GCP on Campus

Thursday, May 14, 2020 1PM ET/12PM CT/10AM PT (60 Minutes)

This second session will provide an overview of how to manage NET+ GCP on your campus, including managing identity, billing, and network integration. The goal for this session is to gain an understanding of GCP integration with existing campus technology.

Speakers: John Bailey, Washington University; Bob Flynn, Indiana University; George Loftus and Linda Roos, Internet2

Security in GCP

Thursday, May 21, 2020 1PM ET/12PM CT/10AM PT (60 Minutes)

This third session will feature a top security expert from Google, offering an overview of security features within GCP, and how to utilize them within your campus security practices. Goal for this session is to gain a better understanding of security features within GCP.

Speaker: Andy Chang, Google

Using GCP in Research

Thursday, May 28, 2020 1PM ET/12PM CT/10AM PT (60 Minutes)

In the final session, we will hear about exciting research projects utilizing GCP to advance science in the real world, along with how to use NET+ GCP to get research credits and utilizing GCP with NIH Strides funding. Goal for this session is to inspire ideas and ways to utilize GCP for Research within Higher Education.

Speakers: Alice Kamens, Google; Jamie Sunderland, Internet2


Our FileSender webpages have been in need of a refresh for a while now. Starting us down that path, you can now find FileSender in the list of Internet2 cloud services here: https://www.internet2.edu/cloud-services/. You can also now find details on Getting Started on the Wiki here: https://spaces.at.internet2.edu/x/TwOJCQ. Keep an eye out for upcoming updates to the service!

Since last Spring, subscribers to NET+ AWS have had access to AWS Organizations, which provides a management framework for AWS accounts, and permits administrations to apply service control policies to various Organizational Units (OUs) within their Organization.

Late last Summer, AWS announce Control Tower, a feature native way to deploy accounts and enforce Guardrails in an AWS patterned way. This functionality was limited to deployment in a completely separate Organization, but in coordinating with a small team of schools, DLT and Internet2 devised a way to deploy Control Tower. These canary schools reported back that while Control Tower can be run, but most should hold off until Control Tower could be run natively in existing AWS Organizations. Today is that day.

Last night, AWS announce that Control Tower can now be run in existing AWS Organizations! While the participating schools are testing the functionality, it does appear Control Tower can be deployed within the OU of an existing Organization. The AWS team posted a blog post with additional details here: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/field-notes/enroll-existing-aws-accounts-into-aws-control-tower/. If you are a NET+ AWS schools who has deployed an AWS Organization, you should be able to test out the functionality today. We would highly encourage you attend the bi-weekly AWS Orgs and Control Tower call to trade notes with your colleagues and share the pitfalls. We have also on more than one occasion found a bug that collided with common higher ed deployment patterns that needed to be reported back to AWS Engineering.

If you would like to attend the call, or request an AWS Organization for your university, please reach out!

 More details on the Virtual Series, and a link to register can be found on the main Internet2 blog here: https://www.internet2.edu/blogs/detail/17618


Sessions will cover a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Security in GCP, featuring an overview of GCP security from a Google expert
  • Managing identity and billing in GCP, and GCP’s relationship with GSuite 
  • Network integration for GCP, featuring Internet2 network experts
  • Some examples of real-life campus use of GCP from program participants
  • How you can participate in the NET+ GCP community of practice

The following email was shared earlier today:

NET+ Zoom Subscribers, 

We want to invite you and others at your institution to join a Zoom Higher Education Community Call on Security and Privacy, which is coordinated by Internet2 and hosted by Zoom. The call will take place on Tuesday April 14th at 1:30 EST / 10:30am PST for 1 hour. The call-in and registration details can be found at: 
https://success.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PyCkP0lCSAWeac3E00A5hA

There has been considerable discussion around Zoom security and privacy in higher education and the worldwide community. Several members of the Zoom team will provide a brief update on what Zoom is doing to address some of the security and privacy concerns. Zoom speakers include:

  • Ben Grande, Head of Sales for local and state agencies and EDU
  • Shawn Rolin,  Head of Technology and Sales Engineering
  • Lynn Haaland Head of Global Risk and Compliance

As time allows, they will also address any questions and concerns from the community. Please note that this webinar may be recorded.

To facilitate this conversation, Internet2 collected  questions from various community lists and the NET+ Zoom Service Advisory Board (SAB) and reviewed and prioritized with the NET+ Zoom SAB, NET+ BPLAC, NET+ CSTACC, and the NET+ PAG

Based on all of that community feedback, we shared the following list with Zoom: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oMDvN03_tYgohr327usMDoNzp0o6peV0w01vyA-paEI/edit?usp=sharing 

Please let us know if you have any questions or other items for this list or about this community call. Also, Please feel free to forward this to others on your campus you think might be interested.

Thanks,

Nick Lewis                                  Quyen Vaillant
NET+ Security and Identity       NET+ Collaboration Services

The NET+ AWS Advisory Board, DLT, and Internet2 have worked over the last few months to update the subscriber Enterprise Customer Agreement (ECA). The ECA was last updated in 2017 to include a Business Associates Agreement (BAA) in the program.

With this now available update, subscribers can now access professional services from any participating Partner in the AWS Partner Network. To minimize the hurdles of engaging a Partner, these services can be accessed directly via Statements of Work delivered by DLT under this Agreement. Additionally, the BAA now includes a direct link to all HIPAA eligible services and no longer restricts HIPAA workloads to dedicated instances. To make use of these new features, subscribers will need to execute a new ECA. Please email cloud@dlt.com to get that process started.

We want to provide you another update on the NET+ Zoom program, Zoom-Internet2 network peering and remind you about some community resources that are available.

As a reminder, you can view previous updates related to the NET+ Zoom offering and Internet2-Zoom network peering on our wiki.

Community Resources 

The NET+ Zoom Service Advisory board has set up a Slack channel for higher education collaboration and discussion related to Zoom. We’d encourage you to join via this link and interact with other colleagues.

Working with the Service Advisory Board, we’ve also set up a community survey to ensure we are working with Zoom on the most important issues for higher education as a way of determining next steps to support the community. Please consider taking the survey today. We are also working to set up a town hall in the coming weeks for the community to discuss key issues and share best practices and lessons learned.

Network Peering

Over the past week, we’ve increased our capacity to Zoom by almost tenfold and are actively working with home broadband providers to assure VPN traffic has a high-performance path from the home to the campus as it continues to grow. Network utilization of Zoom peerings is actually down as Zoom appears to have moved many of its compute operations to AWS and other cloud compute resources. You can read more about how R&E Networks are supporting the academic enterprise in unprecedented times here.

Additional NET+ Zoom Updates and Reminders

Due to the increase in demand, Zoom will take about 48hrs to provision services to your account, once they’ve received a signed Order form. To help expedite the processing, please:

  • Consolidate your orders, as much as possible. Quotes and order forms are processed in the order it was received. Grouping your orders together will help lessen any confusions or errors. 
  • Provide the following information when asking for a quote:
    • Item Name (i.e. Webinar 500 Participants)
    • Quantity of item
    • Effective Date
    • Contact Information - Name and Email of who needs to sign the quote/order form

Please ensure upgrade and new orders are being sent to your Zoom account manager and netplus@internet2.edu

We understand this is a challenging time for everyone and we’re so appreciative of the community partnering with us as we navigate through this historic time. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do further to help.