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Federated Login for HKAF

‘Federated Login for HKAF’ service allows staff and students of member institutions of Hong Kong Access Federation (HKAF) to use their institutional credentials to seamlessly access a wide range of services and resources provided by education institutions all over the world in a controlled and trusted setup. PolyU is a member of the HKAF which enables our staff and students to use their NetID and NetPassword as an authentication to access services and resources from other joined institutions in Hong Kong and around the world for teaching, learning and research activities via HKAF. With this service, faculties and departments can extend the use of their applications /services to staff and students of other institutions easily and without extra efforts on managing enormous accounts. Currently, some service provider (SP) applications have been successfully integrated into HKAF and are available for use. Click here for more details. The Service is deployed in accordance with HKAF’s policy and encompassing rules and guidelines, which have been laid down by HKAF, for accessing services of Service Providers connected to HKAF. For details, please refer to HKAF website (http://www.hkaf.edu.hk). Interested faculties or departments are welcome to contact IT HelpCentre for assistance.

Identity and Access Control Infrastructures Services

NetID Management, NetID, NetPassword, IdPortal, web ID, IAM

Multi-Factor Authentication Service

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) provides an extra layer of security before logging in to an online service. When accessing a MFA-protected service, staff will be prompted to enter NetID and NetPassword as the first authentication and as a second step, reconfirm staff’s identity using a verification device, like a phone or a tablet. To facilitate this verification process, users are required to install a mobile app called “Microsoft Authenticator” on personal smart phone or tablet. The two secondary identity verification methods available for users are: Push Notification With the Microsoft Authenticator installed on the mobile device, a Pop-up Notification will be received when user logon to a MFS-protected service. User can simply hit “Approve” to log in. It is recommended to use Push Notification while having a stable internet connection because it is the most convenient option. Passcode In situations where users have poor cell phone reception or internet connection, users can select to use “Passcode” as the second identity verification method. This method has the added benefit of being completely free since it does not use user’s cellular data package. Users are recommended to check out the user guides on set up MFA service and configure which verification method to use.

Identity and Access Control Infrastructures Services

NetID Management, NetID, NetPassword, IdPortal, web ID, IAM

NetID Management Service

The PolyU NetID (Network Identity) is a key to University’s IT facilities and services. It is a unique personal identifier made up of a single username and password pair, named as NetID and NetPassword respectively. With the NetID, users can access the University’s online facilities including University Portal, eLearning Platform, Wi-Fi and other network facilities and services, etc. Please note that the privilege to use these IT facilities and services carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations, which are set forth in the PolyU Acceptable Use Policy for University Information Technology Facilities and Services (AUP) and the Baseline Information Security Policy.   Updating Personal (External) Email Address In addition to PolyU Connect (‘@connect.polyu.hk’) or Staff (‘@polyu.edu.hk’) email address, a personal email address is used as an alternative means used by the University to communicate with user (e.g. when user resetting NetPassword). Users are recommended to regularly review and update personal email address in NetID profile. Users are highly recommended to secure the external email account by regular change of password and consider the use of strong authentication in accessing the email account (as recommended by the service provider).

Identity and Access Control Infrastructures Services

NetID Management, NetID, NetPassword, IdPortal, web ID, IAM

Physical Access Control Infrastructure Service

This service provides a shared facilities access control platform i.e. Common Access Management System (CAMS) for departmental administrators to manage the physical access control of the facilities and office areas under their purview. With the facilities access control platform, departmental administrators can have flexible control over who and when is allowed to enter a location at a higher security level. This platform also allows the Facilities Management Office to oversee physical security of the campus areas.

Identity and Access Control Infrastructures Services

NetID Management, NetID, NetPassword, IdPortal, web ID, IAM

PolyU Single-Sign-On (PolyU-SSO)

A number of web and mobile applications managed by different departments across the University and each of them may require different IDs and passwords for performing specific job functions. With PolyU Single-Sign-On (PolyU-SSO), users can simply access multiple applications and systems by using their NetID and NetPassword. After successful authentication with PolyU-SSO, user attributes (e.g. Name, Email, Department, etc.) can be automatically passed to applications to fulfil business requirements. This service improves users’ satisfaction and enhance productivity. For department application owners, PolyU-SSO currently supports the following protocols for integration: Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) (https://www.oasis-open.org/standards#samlv2.0) OpenID Connect (http://openid.net/connect/) Rapid Connect (JWT-based)

Identity and Access Control Infrastructures Services

NetID Management, NetID, NetPassword, IdPortal, web ID, IAM

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