What is Shibboleth?
Shibboleth is an open software system implemented based on federated identity solution, which shares person’s electronic identities and attributes securely among multiple organizations and applications. Service providers, that are typically hosted externally are not required to handle Single Sign On (SSO) , instead this is delegated to the shibboleth identity provider which interacts with the authentication services and retrieves the necessary attributes and pass them electronically to the service providers ..
Why use Shibboleth?
There are numerous benefits for the service providers to federate Identity using Shibboleth: :
The inCommon Federation
Rutgers is a member of the inCommon Federation. This is a group of universities, research organizations, and commercial partners that use Shibboleth. Like other federations, inCommon members share information about each others’ systems. This makes it easy to set up a service so it can accept users from all inCommon institutions. inCommon is also being used by the Federal government to provide access to government services.
The NJEdge Federation
Rutgers is also a member of NJEdge, the higher education network for New Jersey. We are helping NJEdge build a federation for institutions in New Jersey. See http://federation.njedge.net for more information
Shibboleth @ Rutgers