Unicon Announces New Support Program for Shibboleth Federated Single Sign-On Authentication

Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting services provider specializing in open source for the education market, today announced a new Cooperative Support Program for Shibboleth®, an open source project of the Internet2® Middleware Initiative. Unicon’s innovative Cooperative Support Program provides member institutions with a predictable cost support solution for their open source applications, including uPortal, Sakai, CAS and now Shibboleth, along with a dedicated team of expert development and technical support specialists for direct technical support and assistance. All development work and fixes performed by the team for individual institutions are contributed back and shared with the Shibboleth community.

Shibboleth is a secure federated single sign-on authentication system for enterprise applications and platforms, providing a trusted way for an application to authenticate a user across or within organizational boundaries. Unicon has a full range of service offerings for institutions wishing to deploy Shibboleth, including implementation planning, branding, installation, configuration, custom development, training and support. Unicon can implement and customize Shibboleth for uPortal, Sakai and other enterprise applications.

Unicon will have representatives in attendance at this year’s Spring Internet2 Member Meeting, April 26-28, in Arlington, Va., and at the InCommon CAMP Identity Services Summit, June 23-25, in Raleigh, N.C. For more information or to arrange to meet with the Unicon representative at these conferences, click here.

About Unicon’s Cooperative Support Program

Participation in the program requires an annual subscription fee that enables institutions to access the support services, and also funds a dedicated support and development team. Support issues are managed on a priority basis, with guaranteed service level agreements and an escalation mechanism top priority issues. All development work performed by the team will be done in direct participation with the open source community.

Partial List of Unicon’s Cooperative Support Program Members:

uPortal: South Dakota State University, University of Louisiana at Monroe and University of Wisconsin

Sakai: New Teacher Center, University of Virginia and University of North Carolina

CAS: California State University (Sacramento), Ryerson University and Texas A&M

For more information on Unicon’s Cooperative Support Program for Shibboleth, click here.

About Shibboleth

Shibboleth, a project of the Internet2 Middleware Initiative, is a standards-based, open source software package for web single sign-on across or within organizational boundaries. The Shibboleth software implements widely used federated identity standards, principally OASIS’ Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), to provide a federated single sign-on and attribute exchange framework. Using Shibboleth-enabled access simplifies management of identity and permissions for organizations supporting users and applications. Shibboleth is developed in an open and participatory environment, is freely available, and is released under the Apache Software License. For more information about Shibboleth, click here.

About Unicon

Unicon, Inc. is a leading provider of IT consulting services for the education market. Unicon works closely with colleges, universities and corporations to find the best solutions to meet their business challenges. Unicon specializes in using open source technologies to deliver flexible and cost-effective systems in the areas of enterprise portals, learning management systems (LMS), authentication, video, calendaring, email and collaboration. Unicon is a Sakai Commercial Affiliate; a member of Internet2 and the Oracle Partner Network; a Jasig partner and authorized Solution Provider for both CAS and uPortal; a services partner of Kaltura, Liferay, VASCO, and Zimbra; and a contributing member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium. For more information, visit: www.unicon.net.