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The Authentication Management System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014935D
Original Publication Date: 2002-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A program is disclosed that would allow a single desktop user to manage and maintain the security of their desktop connection with many intermediate servers by a single log on entry point. The intermediate server in turn automatically logs into multiple servers that a user would want to access. The Authentication Management System (AMS) is a user interface protocol, which is consistent for PC and Mac platforms. The AMS interface can be updated and customized to manage additional servers that a user has permission for. The user may temporarily discontinue the connection to a specific server as well. The AMS user interface is designed to flow as follows; 1. The user double clicks on the AMS desktop icon found on the user's desktop. 2. The entry level pop-up screen prompts the user for a corresponding employee serial number associated with the user's name. There are two choices to continue, the first option is for first time users to set up the log in server connection criteria and the second is for a user to update the current saved server connection criteria (which the protocol is outlined below for new users and applies for the second option here as well).

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The Authentication Management System

A program is disclosed that would allow a single desktop user to manage and maintain the security of their desktop connection with many intermediate servers by a single log on entry point. The intermediate server in turn automatically logs into multiple servers that a user would want to access. The Authentication Management System (AMS) is a user interface protocol, which is consistent for PC and Mac platforms. The AMS interface can be updated and customized to manage additional servers that a user has permission for. The user may temporarily discontinue the connection to a specific server as well.

The AMS user interface is designed to flow as follows;

1. The user double clicks on the AMS desktop icon found on the user's desktop.

2. The entry level pop-up screen prompts the user for a corresponding employee serial number associated with the user's name. There are two choices to continue, the first option is for first time users to set up the log in server connection criteria and the second is for a user to update the current saved server connection criteria (which the protocol is outlined below for new users and applies for the second option here as well).

3. The user enters the employee serial number and clicks on button option one "Log In Server Connection Set Up".

4. The system validates the user and the corresponding company serial number with the computer ID name.

5. The system displays the AMS Log in Server Set Up screen.

  a. The user re-enters the serial number and selects the following criteria in on the pop-up screen.

  b. The user selects a AMS global password. A guideline link is provided here to link to the password guidelines to help the user comply company protocol.

  c. The user chooses each server to connect to from a pull down menu and the order in which the connections should be made for extra security. There is no limit to the number of servers, which can be included in this protocol at this time. The average user will access four to eight servers in a typical day. This number can vary depending on the amount of engagements a user is assigned.

  d. The user...