What is InCommon Federation identity management?


Federated identity management allows members of one organization to use their authentication credentials to access a web application in another institution. UM participates in the InCommon federation that includes education, research and partner organizations. The federation provides a common framework for trusted shared management of access to online resources. Through InCommon, identity providers can give their users single sign-on convenience and privacy protection, while online service providers control access to their protected resources.

  • Through InCommon, campuses leverage their identity databases to allow for the use of one set of credentials to access multiple resources.
  • Online service providers no longer need to maintain user accounts.
  • Identity providers manage the levels of their users' privacy and information exchange.
  • InCommon uses SAML-based authentication and authorization systems (such as Shibboleth) to enable scalable, trusted collaborations among its community of participants.

How to Request

Email gary.trethewey@umontana.edu 


No charge.


Anyone with an official UM identity.




 IT Central Help Desk at 243-4357 or visit Social Sciences 120, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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