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Identity and Access Management

Identity and Access Management services help provide identity information to both people and systems, helping users find and connect with one another and enabling identity-based authentication and authorization for IT systems.

Service Offerings

Authentication and Authorization Services

Northwestern offers many ways to help your IT system authenticate or authorize users.  This includes Active Directory, LDAP, Single Sign-On (SSO), Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Shibboleth, SAML, and others.


Directory Services

Directory services help provide people and systems with the ability to look up information about people based on various criteria from things as simple as their name to their Northwestern school affiliation, degree programs, etc. Directory Services include the Northwestern online directory, the ADS Active Directory forest, the LDAP directory, and various others.


NetID Services

NetID services take information from the HR or student system and create unified Northwestern credentials (NetIDs) that are then connected with information about each individual. NetIDs are then used as the primary way for people to interact with IT services. Other types of NetIDs can be created as well for specific people, organizations, or IT system purposes.


Service Account Management

For IT system administrators, Northwestern provides privileged account management for systems that reside in the Northwestern data centers. These services help enable and audit administrative access to servers.


Service Owner

Identity Services

Last Updated: 19 March 2020

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