Abstracts - 12th Systems Administration Conference
Single Sign-On and the System Administrator
Michael Fleming Grubb and Rob Carter - Duke University
Large organizations are increasingly shifting critical computing
operations from traditional host-based application platforms to
network-distributed, client-server platforms. The resulting
proliferation of disparate systems poses problems for end-users, who
must frequently track multiple electronic identities across different
systems, as well as for system administrators, who must manage
security and access for those systems. Single sign-on mechanisms have
become increasingly important in solving these problems. System
administrators who are not already being pressured to provide single
sign-on solutions can expect to be in the near future. Duke University
has recently embarked on an enterprise-wide single sign-on project.
This paper discusses the various factors involved in the decision to
deploy a single sign-on solution, reviews a variety of available
approaches to the problem of electronic identity proliferation, and
documents Duke's research and findings to date.
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