Collective Experience includes the Central Authentication Service (CAS), Shibboleth, and OpenRegistry

Gilbert, AZ – February 12, 2014— Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider specializing in open source for the education technology market, today announced that it has expanded its Identity and Access Management (IAM) practice. New team members collectively bring over 50 years of experience in higher education IT and IAM, bolstering Unicon’s unique perspective on the needs of Unicon’s higher education clients.

“Unicon is pleased to welcome Mike Grady, John Gasper, and Jonathan Johnson to the IAM team. Their combined technical skills and deep understanding of the IAM challenges in higher education positions Unicon well to continue to make significant contributions in the space,” said Bill Thompson, IAM Practice Director.

Mike Grady joins Unicon after 36 years in academic IT at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mike’s primary focus is on federated identity management, and he is actively engaged in the Shibboleth Consortium, Internet2’s InCommon trust services, and Internet2’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) funded Scalable Privacy project. He serves as Unicon’s Shibboleth Technical Lead for Open Source Support and maintains close collaboration with the Shibboleth and InCommon communities.

John Gasper comes to Unicon with 15 years in IT at Eastern Washington University and experience with Ellucian’s Banner Student and Banner Enterprise Identity Services (BEIS); and Microsoft’s Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) and AD Federation Services (ADFS). While at Eastern Washington University John developed and contributed ADFS support for the CAS server. He is currently contributing to Internet2’s Scalable Privacy project via the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) project.

Jonathan Johnson brings over 10 years of IT experience from Abilene Christian University, where he developed custom academic and administrative applications. Throughout his career, Jonathan has made open source contributions to a variety of projects including Gradle, uPortal, CAS, and OpenRegistry. He is a core member of the IAM team providing consulting expertise on Central Authentication Service (CAS) and OpenRegistry.

“These new colleagues enhance Unicon’s ability to deliver exceptional value across a range of open source IAM components,” said Bill Thompson, IAM Practice Director.

Unicon’s IAM practice offers services and support for Apereo CAS, Shibboleth, Internet2 Grouper, and Apereo OpenRegistry. For more information, please visit:

About Unicon
Unicon, Inc. is a leading provider of IT consulting, services, and support for education technology and works with institutions and organizations to find solutions to meet business challenges. Unicon specializes in using open source technologies to deliver flexible and cost-effective systems in the areas of identity and access management, student success and retention, mobile computing, learning management systems, portals, online video, calendaring, email, and collaboration. Unicon is a Commercial Affiliate of the Apereo Foundation; an InCommon Affiliate and Participant; an Industry Member of Internet2; a VMware Partner and authorized Solution Provider; a Solution Partner of Kaltura; and a Services Partner and reseller of Liferay and Zimbra. For more information, visit:
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