Numerous password prompts and different credentials required for each system have created the need for institutions and organizations to adopt a secure Web single sign-on authentication process. The open source Central Authentication Service (CAS) creates a secure way for users to access multiple services with an enterprise single sign-on. CAS has gained wide adoption within higher education institutions and corporations for enterprise authentication.

Whatever the goal of the CAS deployment, whether a client decides to host on-premise or in the cloud, OculusIT can provide the expertise required to give the confidence that comes with a professional implementation.

The Central Authentication Service (CAS) is a single sign-on protocol for the web. Its purpose is to permit a user to access multiple applications while providing their credentials (such as user id and password) only once. It also allows web applications to authenticate users without gaining access to a user’s security credentials, such as a password. The name CAS also refers to a software package that implements this protocol.

OculusIT offers integration consulting to assist with conversion of applications on a variety of Web platforms to use CAS for authentication. OculusIT can also assist in navigating several available options for load balancing and clustering of the CAS server software and executing the approach that will best meet performance, security, and reliability needs.

Consulting services are available to assist in taking full advantage of the powerful CAS proxy authentication technology, which is especially valuable in portals and Web email solutions.

  • Evaluation

OculusIT’s evaluation service includes surveys, reporting, and analysis, all helping institutions and organizations decide their business needs which came post an evaluation session that determines and prioritizes the conditions required for a new implementation, update, or customization to an existing CAS instance. OculusIT also provides best practices for evaluation based on functionality, finances, support/maintenance, performance, usability, and security.

  • Mentoring

General CAS mentorship affords institutions and organizations access to a OculusIT developer/ consultant experienced in working with CAS. Consultants are made available to assist and mentor staff.

An enterprise Web single sign-on solution is only valuable when applications make use of it, so OculusIT offers a systems integration service to assist with conversion of applications to use CAS for authentication.

Unicon can help install CAS into a specific client application. OculusIT has extensive experience installing CAS into other solutions such as Sakai, LookingGlass Portal, etc. OculusIT’s “CASification” service begins with an initial analysis phase during which the Technical Consultant determines which client applications should be or can be “CASified.” Once this initial analysis phase is complete OculusIT’s team of experienced consultants will install CAS in the application within the client environment.


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