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Authentication software is what confirms the validity of a user’s credentials when they sign in to websites, wireless networks, etc.


The authentication software used at OSU include:

Active Directory

Authenticates and authorizes users and computers to the network; assigns and enforces security policies for all computers and installs and updates software

Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS)

Connects IT’s Active Directory to Microsoft cloud services Microsoft® Office 365™, Exchange, Sharepoint, Skype, and OneDrive.

InCommon Federated Services: Allows OSU users to use their O-Key credentials to authenticate to other InCommon federation members (other universities).

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)

A directory behind the authentication services used to connect to, search, and modify Internet directories.

Shibboleth: Allows OSU users to use their O-Key credentials to access systems run by federations of institutions or organizations that have a trust relationship.

Universal Authentication Service (UAS)

A web authentication service that uses Active Directory or OpenLDAP for verifying identity for access to the sites where it is used.

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