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Managing Access

InCommon solutions

Research and Education has complex access management needs. We can help.

Managing multiple resources and a large variety of access rights is often overwhelming. Whether you are on campus, a research organization or a company, finding solutions to simplify your access management is essential to your success.

How the Trusted Access Platform can help

This community knows identity and access challenges, such as bringing in a new freshman class every year, or enabling thousands of people to access hundreds of applications. For those that provide services, we can also efficiently ensure that only those who should have access do have access. 

Shibboleth for single sign-on

The InCommon Federation enables single sign-on for users to hundreds of resources. Through the use of Shibboleth, the single sign-on software developed by and for research and education, users can sign on once and access applications hosted locally, in the cloud, or at another participating organization. For those providing collaboration, commercial, or research services, this reduces the need to create log-ins and passwords, saving time and effort.

Shibboleth is part of the InCommon Trusted Access Platform, which provides pre-configured versions of several open-source software systems to simplify installation and ensure they work well together.

Grouper simplifies access management

Once students have credentials they now need access to learning management systems, coursework repositories, grades, bills, meal programs, and on and on. Grouper, the enterprise access control software, allows the use of groups to easily provide individuals with the right access to the right resources at the right time. Grouper is also part of the InCommon Trusted Access Platform.

With Grouper, faculty and staff can manage access for individual courses. Those responsible for other resources (business applications, building access, learning management systems, parking, and many, many others) can do so with a few clicks of the mouse. The software is:

“We chose Grouper because of its flexibility, the number, and types of interfaces (web services interfaces in particular), and because we could see that it was being solidly developed and supported.”

Scott Koranda, senior scientist with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) project.

Automating processes at UMBC

Learn how UMBC used Grouper to simplify patching, deployment, and scaling.

Colorado Mines eyes access and provisioning

Mines’ new architecture needed to integrate with Banner and eliminate manual processes.

Cloud-first at Illinois

Integrating the InCommon Trusted Access Platform with a new AWS infrastructure pays off at the University of Illinois.

Lafayette embraces containers

Use of Docker containers by the InCommon Trusted Access Platform software reduces the environment maintenance burden at Lafayette.