Authentication is the act of determining that a person is who they claim to be.
When an end user logs in successfully (for example, using a username and password), the authentication system (the identity provider) will then certify to a consuming service (the service provider) that the end user is who they claim to be.
Not to be confused with authorization, authentication only determines the identity of an end user. Authentication makes no decisions whether an end user should have access to a resource. The identity provider may, however, provide the service provider with information which allows the service provider to make an authorization decision.
The IAM Team offers the Enterprise Authentication service for campus-wide, web-based single sign-on. Enterprise Authentication is powered by a Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 Identity Provider (IdP).
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
If you need to protect your service or application behind Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and you are unable to use Enterprise Authentication we may be able to help!
Service Availability Metrics
The IAM Team has set a Service Level Objective (SLO) of 99.491% annual availability.
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For more data, please see our Metrics page.