Configuring READynamic to work with a Single Sign-On (SSO) network environment

Your READynamic customers or users are likely to have accounts set up to log on to a variety of online services and social media sites, like Twitter and Facebook. It is possible to authorize a user to access multiple platforms by using a Single Sign-on (SSO) authentication service, using one of these social media sites as the source of the authentication records. For example, you have probably seen an offer to log on to a merchant site, like Etsy or Netflix, using your Facebook or Google account. This makes logging on to Etsy or Netflix faster, and you don't have to keep track of an extra account name and password.

Within your institution, users and employees also work with a variety of different applications and online services, and many of them require their own password security. To make accessing these services and applications easier, you probably have a type of Single Sign-On service for your network, and with the same effect. In fact, you may use Google or Facebook as your Single Sign-On provider for your end users.

Or you may set up your own internal network provider server for this purpose. Every user or employee would be provided with a single network account and password, and when that user logs on to the network, he or she would be automatically authenticated to gain access to every system or service that person has been granted access to use. Using a Single Sign-On service is also helpful in that an administrator could use it to log user activities and to monitor user accounts.

You can add READynamic to your local Single Sign-On network environment, so that when a student or instructor logs on to your network, that user is also granted access to the READynamic platform. READynamic features a built-in OAuth2 client, and uses a remote authorization server to authenticate users who log on to the READynamic portal. OAuth2, or OmniAuth, is an open standard for authentication that is often used to allow users to log on to third party web sites with standard access accounts (such as accounts for Google or Facebook) without needing to provide a password.

We describe how to edit a server configuration file to set up READynamic to work with Single Sign-On (SSO).