The CYNET Identity Federation (CIF) is a platform that allows service providers from "federated" organizations(such as Universities, libraries, etc.) to grant users from other "federated" organizations access to their services, without having to manage user-IDs, usernames and associated passwords locally. A user keeps all its information at the home institution and can access services offered by the institutions participating in the federation.
What is eduGAIN: The eduGAIN service interconnects identity federations around the world, simplifying access to content, services and resources for the global research and education community. eduGAIN enables the trustworthy exchange of information related to identity, authentication and authorisation (AAI). eduGAIN provides an efficient, flexible way for participating federations, and their affiliated users and services, to interconnect.
Today, online services are crucial for research and education. Students, teachers, researchers and institution staff rely on them for collaboration through many web services. This can be for e-learning, teaching and conferencing, analysing and sharing data, accessing journals and libraries etc. Enabling easy and convenient access to users is a key part of delivering a service. Service providers do not want the headaches associated with issuing passwords to users, and the user does not want yet another password.
With just one trusted identity provided by user's institution as part of an identity federation participating in eduGAIN, users can access services from other participating federations. Even better, it works with single sign-on (SSO), so that user needs to login only one time during a browser session.
R&E identity federations are typically deployed on a national level and use different architectures, systems and policies. eduGAIN enables identity federations to interconnect, so that participating institutions and services can collaborate without the need to establish individual bilateral connections.
For more information visit the eduGAIN website https://edugain.org
* Helps students, researchers and educators access online services while minimising the number of accounts users and service providers have to manage - reducing costs, complexity and security risks
* Gives service providers access to a larger pool of users internationally, and allows users to access resources of peer institutions or commercial or cloud services using their one trusted identity.
CYNET (www.cynet.ac.cy) European University Cyprus (https://www.euc.ac.cy)