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ITS - Shibboleth at U-M
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Identity & Access Management

Shibboleth is federated identity management software. With federated identity management, institutions join together in a group—a federation—and agree to trust each other's identity credentials for logging in to websites.

Shibboleth allows people to log in to web resources at other institutions using the ID and password they use at their own institution. It's kind of like when banks allow you to use your ATM card at the ATM of a bank where you don't have an account.

How Shibboleth Is Used at U-M

At U-M, Shibboleth is used to allow members of the U-M community to log in to websites at other institutions that are members of the InCommon Federation using their uniqname and UMICH (Level-1) password. It is also used to enable web login to U-M Google, U-M Box, and other cloud-based services used at the university.

Here's how it works: