NIH adds single sign-on to its one-stop portal

Early next month, employees who log on to the National Institutes of Health's my.nih.gov data portal will need only one password to open protected applications.

NIH's Center for Information Technology announced this month that it is erecting a security gateway, called Enterprise Authentication, which will later extend to the Integrated Time and Attendance System and the NIH Business System modules for travel, general ledger and budget functions.

Once those apps are connected, likely by spring, the authentication umbrella will be unfurled over other NIH Business System modules, the nVision data warehouse and the NIH Enterprise Directory. The umbrella system is built on SiteMinder network access software from Netegrity Inc. of Waltham, Mass.

The crossover of so many apps, however, requires administrators to revert any personalizations that employees have made to their portal pages back to a uniform default profile. Employees must request new personalizations.

The portal combines NIH's internal data, documents and processes with external research news and links. Employees can plug into shared Communities sites about specific topics and consult a Document Directory of all NIH resources.

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