Get Started with IT

Create a digital MIT identity and access Institute systems and IT resources

Athena? Kerberos? Moira? While some of the language at MIT might seem like Greek now, you’ll soon know everything you need to know ( and maybe even a few things you don’t need to know) about these and other IT resources available to you as a member of the MIT community.

The first step to accessing all the data, software and resources available to you through IS&T is to follow a simple checklist. Just click on the link to the left that best describes you to begin. 

Quick Reference Guide

MIT's primary academic computing environment, which provides academic software, courseware, and public computing facilities primarily to students.

Named after the ferocious three-headed watch dog in Greek mythology, the Kerberos protocol is MIT’s proprietary technology that guards our network - and your data - from cyber threats. Kerberos software applications install tickets on a computer granting it access to essential services at MIT.

MIT's service management system. It acts as the system of record for all user and group (aka list) data, as well as tracking information about computers, printers, and Athena lockers. This data is distributed to other campus applications on a periodic basis.