Shibboleth Single Sign-on

Shibboleth is a Single Sign-on (login) system for computer networks and the Internet. It allows users to sign in using just one identity for various systems run by federations of different organizations or institutions

What distinguishes Shibboleth from other products in this field is its adherence to standards and its ability to provide SSO support to services outside of a specific user's organization while still protecting individual user privacy.

Shibboleth is a web-based technology that, at its core, works much the same as every other web-based Single Sign-on (SSO) system. With the latest version, Shibboleth 2.0, the protocol builds on the SAML 2.0 standards and functionality for SSO.

Shibboleth 2.0 now requires the Identity Provider (IdP) to perform additional processing in order to support both passive and forced authentication requests. Shibboleth 2.0 also supports additional encryption capacity and sets a default session life of 30 minutes. If they so choose, the service provider (SP) can request a specific method of authentication from the IdP as well.

For more information on how PortalGuard fully supports Shibboleth, check out our "What's New with PortalGuard Version 5.2" blog post.