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IT Project: Web SSO Replacement

Project Status

August 2013: The Web SSO Replacement project is complete.

Project Charter


Web Single Sign-On (SSO) is a process that enables users to log in once to gain access to a number of Web-based applications. Once SSO verifies identity, users can access any systems they are authorized to use.

Northwestern's Web SSO system (Online Passport) provides secure Web application authentication and authorization for the NU infrastructure. The current system's hardware and software, which was implemented in 2006, has reached end of life and needs to be replaced.

New capabilities and features provided through the upgraded system include:

Goals and Objectives

Replace outdated Web SSO technology to provide Web application authentication and authorization for the NU infrastructure. 

Web SSO Replacement Timeline

Phase Description Status Target Completion Date
Phase 1 Testing of new hardware and software in parallel with the current Online Passport service Complete May 2, 2012
Phase 2

Migration of Web SSO applications to use new Web SSO software

In progress July 31, 2013
Phase 3 Shut down old Online Passport servers   August 21, 2013

Last Updated: 9 July 2015

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