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

Early next month, employees who log on to the National Institutes of Health's 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 applications 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 applications, however, requires administrators to revert any personalizations that employees have made to their portal pages back to a uniform default profile. If employees want to preserve their personal changes to My Pages'which display up to 150 items such as weather, airport delays, biotechnology news and virus warnings'they must send their user names and domains by Jan. 14 to [email protected]

The portal, which has been running since June 2001, combines the agency'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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