Inter-Organizational Federated Identity and Access Management in Swiss Higher Education

  • TYPE: Combined Session DATE: Thursday, May 06, 2010 TIME: 14:00-15:00 LOCATION: Helios

40 independent institutions with a SAML Identity Provider and close to 400 SAML Service Providers successfully interoperate. In 2009Q4 per minute 23 users authenticated using this federated Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI).

The SWITCHaai federation served as example for many other countries on how to implement their own AAI for higher education.

The presentation will provide answers to the following questions:

  • What was the use case for building this infrastructure in the first place?
  • How does the management of this infrastructure scale?
  • How gets the discovery problem solved?
  • What are the plans for extending it beyond national borders?


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Thomas Lenggenhager graduated in Computer Science at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich). He joined SWITCH (the Swiss National Research and Education Network) in 1988 where he worked in the areas of messaging, network, directory and information services as well as...


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  • May 04 - 07, 2010 Munich