GW IT offers the ability to create and manage security groups. Security groups determine where permissions can be assigned to a group of individuals, granting them access to files, workstations or other resources.
At GW, we use automated groups and delegated groups for role-based access control (RBAC). RBAC is a method of regulating access to GW resources based on your role (staff, faculty, student, department, team).
Automated groups are built based on your role at the university. Depending on your role, you will have access to different applications and services. Automated groups will grant or deny you access to these applications.
Delegated groups are created upon request. The group is assigned to a specific set of privileges that matches its requested use. These groups also have an automated function in that if a member becomes inactive, the membership is automatically removed without intervention by the delegate.
When you log on to an application or service with your GW NetID and password you are authenticating.
Through role-based access control (RBAC), you can allow access to applications only to members of predefined groups.
Faculty and staff access to GW Google Mail
Authorization is the process of verifying that you have permission to access something. Gaining access to a resource (e.g. directory on a hard disk) because the permissions configured on it allow you access is authorization.
Authorization is the verification that the connection attempt is allowed. Authorization occurs after successful authentication.
Security groups (automated and delegated groups) help delegate access to application features based on role membership.
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