Advanced Authentication Overview

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The login, or authentication, process is important in that it plays a vital role in ensuring your Faculty Success data are secure. It is beneficial to make it as easy as possible for your users to access Faculty Success while maintaining the security of your data. The more integrated authentication is for your users, the less likely they are to forget passwords or write them on notes in their offices, compromising security. Advanced Authentication enables your users to use the same username and password they use for other purposes, such as signing in to a portal or accessing their email.

By default, Faculty Success uses Local Authentication to authenticate users. Each user is assigned a username and password specific to Faculty Success, making it the least convenient authentication method for users because they have to remember another password.

Faculty Success also supports four methods of Advanced Authentication:

  • SAML Authentication via Watermark Navigator: the most secure method and the one most convenient for users. If you have multiple Watermark products, this method also allows your users to seamlessly switch products without having to re-authenticate. We recommend this method.
  • Shibboleth Authentication: where users access Faculty Success through your campus's Shibboleth Identity Provider.
  • Portal Authentication: where users access Faculty Success through a link in your campus portal.
  • LDAP Authentication: where users log in to Faculty Success using their campus user credentials.

Warning: Users’ Faculty Success usernames must match their campus usernames when using Advanced Authentication.

Only one method of Advanced Authentication can be in place per campus at one time. 

Note: You can change the authentication method for Faculty Success for any user account at any time, except for users in the University Administrator or College Administrator security roles. This is to prevent these users from locking themselves out of Faculty Success. To change the authentication method for users in the University Administrator or College Administrator security roles, submit a General work request

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