Membership Growth for the Global Shibboleth Consortium Ensures Continued Development of Federated Identity Management Software
Global research and education communities benefit the most from using Shibboleth, one of the world’s most widely deployed federated identity solutions
BRISTOL, England, July 19, 2017 – The Shibboleth Consortium, a non-profit organization that ensures the ongoing development, support and maintenance of the Shibboleth software, announced today the joining of five new members:
- Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas
- University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin
- Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan
- The national research and education network for New Zealand, REANNZ
- The largest high-performance computing (HPC) facility in Italy, CINECA
The Shibboleth Consortium consists of three principal members, fourteen national research and education networks, seven academic and non-profit members, as well as two commercial members and three commercial partners from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.
"Shibboleth Consortium plays a pivotal role in the advancement of innovation and technology for identity federation service development and support. At REANNZ, we recognise the value of the consortium's work and look forward to making an ongoing contribution,” said Sat Mandri, service manager for REANNZ Tuakiri.
The Shibboleth software is among the world’s most widely deployed federated identity management solutions, connecting users to applications both within and between organizations. The Shibboleth project began as a Middleware activity in 2000 by the Internet2 community with instrumental support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the U.S., and was quickly adopted by research and education communities worldwide with the first official release in 2003. It allows sites to make informed authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources in a privacy-preserving manner.
“Southern Methodist University considers Shibboleth/SAML, and the InCommon Federation, as critical parts of our IT infrastructure and extremely important enablers for service delivery,” said Tommy Doan, lead systems engineer at Southern Methodist University.
“We recognize that having a healthy and viable organization supporting Shibboleth is in everyone’s best interest and demonstrate our commitment by contributing to the consortium,” added Allen Hughes, director of systems at Southern Methodist University.
Every software component of Shibboleth is free and open source. Through membership fees, the consortium is able to continue to develop and maintain the Shibboleth software, support standardization efforts, provide user support and training, and add more of the features being requested by the Shibboleth community.
“The University of Wisconsin-Madison relies on Shibboleth as our single sign-on provider, governing access to all web-based enterprise IT services with over 1500 additional service providers distributed throughout campus,” said Charlie Calderón, service team lead for UW-Madison's access management service. “We believe in contributing to governance and supporting the consortium financially as a way to demonstrate the value that Shibboleth provides to our campus.”
Federated identity management allows owners of shared online services and resources to only manage their users, while trusting that the credentials of users from other institutions accessing these services are accurate. What distinguishes Shibboleth from other software products in this field is its adherence to standards and its ability to provide single sign-on support to services outside of a user's organization while still protecting their privacy.
“The Shibboleth project and the development team have worked diligently to ensure that it serves the complex needs of higher education institutions worldwide. Having over 15 years of ongoing development and adaptation to these needs is one of Shibboleth’s great strengths,” said Kevin Morooney, board member of the Shibboleth Consortium and vice president for trust and identity at Internet2. “Shibboleth can be a critical part of an institution’s security framework and also positions institutions to interoperate with collaborators around the globe.”
Jisc, provider of the United Kingdom's national research and education network, is the operator of the Shibboleth Consortium and one of the principal members along with Internet2 and the Swiss national research and education network (SWITCH).
About Shibboleth Consortium
The Shibboleth Consortium is the body which ensures the ongoing development, support and maintenance of the Shibboleth software. It is comprised of members who contribute financially at varying levels depending on size and type of organisation. Jisc, provider of the United Kingdom's national research and education network, is the operator of the consortium, responsible for its day-to-day management. For more information, visit www.shibboleth.net/consortium