Unicon Federation Gateway
For organizations federating with InCommon and/or other eduGAIN federated services, the Okta Federation Gateway by Unicon allows them to use Okta as the Identity Provider, while taking full advantage of federation capabilities. This service is offered and managed in the Cloud by Unicon, Inc., a leading EdTech consulting and digital services company specializing in open source applications that support and enhance teaching and learning.
- Students, faculty, staff, and other campus users need easy, secure access to a vast array of applications and services
- Many of those services are made available within trusted identity federations like InCommon, Canadian Access Federation (CAF), and eduGAIN
- Integrating with federations has typically involved IT managing on-premises technologies
- As higher education institutions embrace the cloud, they are looking to replace on-premises systems with scalable, cloud-based technologies
With Okta and Unicon’s Federation Gateway working together, campus users can access all their apps, from Box and Office 365 to Moodle and Statista, in one place
Unicon’s Federation Gateway enables higher education institutions to seamlessly connect to the trusted identity federation of their choice, such as InCommon, Canadian Access Federation (CAF), and eduGAIN
Connecting the Unicon Federation Gateway with Okta makes it fast and easy to extend single sign-on (SSO) to all the resources within a federation, streamlining app onboarding for IT and enhancing security at the same time
Okta and the Unicon Federation Gateway are both born and hosted in the cloud, helping to accelerate a university’s transition to cloud efficiencies
Seamlessly and securely connect campus communities to higher education service provider federations
Campus communities have diverse software requirements, and need access to campus and education-focused applications like student information systems, learning management systems, and research entities, alongside other applications like Box and Office 365. Now, Okta and Unicon provide a joint solution that gives campus communities simple, secure access to everything they need, all in one place.
Unicon’s Federation Gateway is a cloud-based, managed service that lets Okta connect via SAML to service providers inside a federation like InCommon. The integration automates the necessary metadata exchange between identity provider (IDP) and service provider so IT doesn’t have to set it up manually each time, and provides schools with flexible options as to which attributes are released to the federation upon each access request. Connecting the Federation Gateway with Okta means campus users can enjoy the advantages of Okta Identity Cloud, including the simplicity of SSO and security of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), for all their applications, wherever they reside. And because both Okta and the Unicon Federation Gateway are cloud-based, higher education institutions can move away from managing on-premises technologies previously required to connect to a federation, and embrace cloud efficiencies.
Provide your students, faculty, staff, and other campus users with the resources they need
- Give your campus communities easy single sign-on access to hundreds or thousands of service providers within a federation
- Make it easy for users to access everything they need, all in one place
- Streamline app onboarding for IT, while enhancing security
- Get up and running quickly with a scalable, cloud-based solution
- OIDC OpenID Connect is an extension to the OAuth standard that provides for exchanging Authentication data between an identity provider (IdP) and a service provider (SP) and does not require credentials to be passed from the Identity Provider to the application.
- SAML Security Assertion Markup Language is an open standard for exchanging authentication and authorization data between an identity provider (IdP) and a service provider (SP) that does not require credentials to be passed to the service provider.
- SWA Secure Web Authentication is a Single Sign On (SSO) system developed by Okta to provide SSO for apps that don't support proprietary federated sign-on methods, SAML or OIDC.
- Attribute Sourcing
- Create Creates or links a user in the application when assigning the app to a user in Okta.
- Update Okta updates a user's attributes in the app when the app is assigned. Future attribute changes made to the Okta user profile will automatically overwrite the corresponding attribute value in the app.
- Deactivate Deactivates a user's account in the app when it is unassigned in Okta or their Okta account is deactivated. Accounts can be reactivated if the app is reassigned to a user in Okta.
- Sync Password Push either the users Okta password or a randomly generated password to the app. This feature is not required for all federated applications as user authentication takes place in Okta, however some apps still require a password.
- Group Push Push existing Okta groups and their memberships to the application. Groups can then be managed in Okta and changes are reflected in the application.
- Group Linking Link Okta groups to existing groups in the application. Simplifies onboarding an app for Okta provisioning where the app already has groups configured.
- Schema Discovery Import the user attribute schema from the application and reflect it in the Okta app user profile. Allows Okta to use custom attributes you have configured in the application that were not included in the basic app schema.
- Attribute Mastering The application can be defined as the source of truth for a full user profile or as the source of truth for specific attributes on a user profile.
- Attribute Writeback When the application is used as a profile master it is possible to define specific attributes to be sourced from another location and written back to the app. For example the user profile may come from Active Directory with phone number sourced from another app and written back to Active Directory.