Authentication allows you to establish the identity and authenticity of a person, computer, or application. Authentication often involves verifying something the user knows (e.g., a UW NetID and password) or something the user has (e.g., a security token or private key).
UW Information Technology supports several enterprise authentication services to help you enable secure access to Web sites, online information, desktop computers, walk-in labs, and other resources, while adhering to UW information security policies.
If you require a 2-factor token and have a valid UW NetID, you may request one by filling out the Security Token Request Form.
Authentication service options include:
- Kerberos - Provides UW NetID authentication using the Kerberos network authentication system; also known as the "u.washington.edu" Kerberos realm.
- Web Authentication Services - Provides UW NetID authentication and single sign-on (SSO) to participating Web sites; provides a trusted Web site (weblogin.washington.edu) for entering and verification of user credentials; supports "federation" via InCommon and SAML protocols; software options include Pubcookie and Shibboleth (preferred) for Apache and Microsoft IIS Web servers.
- Token Authentication Service - Provides multi-factor authentication using Entrust tokens as a 2nd authentication factor for access to more sensitive UW applications.
- UW Windows Infrastructure - Provides an Active Directory forest for Kerberos and NTLM authentication for all UW NetIDs; also known as the "netid.washington.edu" Kerberos realm.
UW faculty; UW staff; UW students; UW affiliated organizations
How to Order
Hours available: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
This service is included in the Technology Recharge Fee.
Service Level Description
Uptime: Continuous, all days and hours. Service issues will be addressed based on priority and resource availability.
Last Review Date: 04/25/2015