When you want to share secured online services or access restricted digital content, the Shibboleth system offers a powerful, scalable, and easy-to-use solution. It leverages campus identity and access management infrastructures to authenticate individuals and then sends information about them to the resource site, enabling the resource provider to make an informed authorization decision. Shibboleth software is at work today providing this capability—its a powerful, secure, standards-based and userfriendly, interrealm access-control solution for research and education.
The Shibboleth system provides a standards-based link between existing campus authentication systems and resource providers of all kinds. For example, when a student requests access to a protected video clip, her home organization (origin site) requests her to authenticate (if she has not done so already) and then passes on the information that she is enrolled in Biology 562 to the site housing the video.