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eduID Luxembourg

A single password to authenticate yourself for thousands of services available worldwide 

Challenges

With tens or even hundreds of passwords and/or usernames that you need to manage between your personal and professional accounts, it is difficult to find and then to memorise unique combinations of digits, letters, symbols, upper and lower-case letters, etc., while also remembering the relevant account. This task is a real mental workout, as well as being essential in order to authenticate yourself securely. It requires a great deal of time and can be somewhat irritating. 

Whilst the quantity of passwords and usernames to be defined for each individual is enough to make them dizzy, for a business managing a website that requires authentication, the inherent management of these accounts is also daunting. Opening, closing, maintaining and securing access to hundreds, thousands, or even millions of user accounts, to name just a few tasks, can be a real headache. 

Features

The Restena Foundation offers an authentication and access authorisation service for dedicated websites for the education and research community in Luxembourg beyond the resources hosted there. With this service, the creation and management of user accounts is simplified both for employees in the research and education sector and for website managers. 

Access to identification attributes

Every website required to authenticate users from the research and education sectors in Luxembourg can subscribe to eduID and request access to the identification attributes provided by the education, research or cultural establishments subscribing to the service.

After a simple service configuration, the eduID infrastructure takes charge of real authentication.

Automatic and simplified authentification for employees

Every education, research or cultural establishment that is eligible for the RESTENA network can allow its employees to authenticate themselves automatically and very simply on websites that use eduID.

Simplified access is not limited to Luxembourgian services, such as the Restena Foundation's FileSender or Webmail services. Quite the contrary. The local identifier created for users is also valid on all websites that have subscribed to the eduID service via other national research and education networks (NREN).

Benefits

For research and education institutions

  • Simplification of its staff's tasks 
  • Guaranteed secure access to websites where sensitive data may travel

For businesses and associations providing a website for research and education 

  • Delegation of user management to a structure of trust
  • Access to a global base of users in the education and research sector

For employees of research and education institutions

  • Single secure authentication for numerous websites
  • Password management is centralised and made easier
  • Your institution's password works everywhere

How to benefit?

I represent a research or education institution

  1. Make sure that your institution is eligible for the services offered by the Restena Foundation, and then contact the Restena Foundation to indicate your interest.
  2. Consult the eduID Service Policy, as well as the Data Protection Agreement 
  3. Complete and sign the "eduID Luxembourg participation form" as an 'identity provider (IdP)' and send it to the Restena Foundation
  4. Make sure that you have configured an SAML 2.0 identity provider for your users; if you have not, then do so 
  5. Provide the Restena Foundation staff with the SAML metadata (<EntityDescriptor>)
  6. As an identity provider, interconnect your institution with the service providers connected to eduID according to a list provided by the Restena Foundation
  7. Keep this list of available service providers up to date in your own SAML metadata

Important: by signing the participation form, you agree to the eduID Service Policy that is in force, as well as the Data Protection Agreement.

Tip: for configuring the SAML, we recommend the software simpleSAMLphp. 

I am an employee or student at a research or education institution

  1. Make sure that your institution offers the eduID service. To do this, consult the website eduid.lu or your IT department.
  2. For all information about your access identification, consult your institution's IT department.

My website requires authentication of people working in the research and education sectors

  1. Consult the eduID Service Policy, as well as the Data Protection Agreement 
  2. Complete and sign the "eduID Luxembourg participation form" as a 'service provider (SP)' and send it to the Restena Foundation.
  3. Make sure that you have installed the SAML 2.0 protocol in order to protect your web content; if you have not, then do so 
  4. Provide the Restena Foundation staff with the corresponding SAML metadata (<EntityDescriptor>)
  5. As a service provider, interconnect your institution with the eduID identity providers according to a list provided by the Restena Foundation. At this stage, you can select the identity providers that you trust for the management of connections. 
  6. Regularly update the list of available identity providers in order to connect with new identity providers. 

Important: by signing the participation form, you agree to the eduID Service Policy that is in force, as well as the Data Protection Agreement.

Tip: for configuring the SAML, we recommend the software simpleSAMLphp. 

More details on the service

Who can benefit?

Connected establishments, higher education establishments, research institutes, cultural institutions, health establishments, municipal administrations, primary and secondary schools, teachers, students, researchers, administrative staff, businesses

Some useful information

  • eduID is a Single Sign-On solution: when connecting to the first website protected by eduID, the identifier used remains valid on all websites visited during the session that are also protected by eduID. When the browser is closed, this results in automatic disconnection from all eduID resources to which the user is connected.
  • eduID brings together identities on a pan-European basis, and all the national initiatives are grouped within the eduGAIN service (www.edugain.org)
  • The Restena Foundation is the national coordinator of the eduID service in Luxembourg. 

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