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The future of software development is in the cloud. At GitHub, we are focusing on making the transition to cloud an easy path for companies of all sizes. Today, we’re pleased to announce that enterprise managed users (EMU), which allows for centralized user account administration, is generally available for customers using GitHub Enterprise Cloud (GHEC). For regular users of GitHub, nothing changes. Your GitHub identity is and always will be your public identity. For companies using GHEC, EMU gives the scalability and reliability of GHEC while also providing them with the administrative tools they need to manage their users and code in the cloud.
If you’re a systems administrator, you likely use an identity provider (IdP) both to manage the digital identities of your employees and to assign them access to the resources they need to work effectively. IdPs also help streamline the onboarding process for new employees by automatically creating user accounts in web applications. Using EMU, you are now able to connect your IdP with GitHub to automate the creation, update, and suspension of the GitHub user accounts within your enterprise using the same workflow you already have in place for other software platforms. Additionally, you can connect security groups in your IdP to GitHub teams—allowing you to centralize and streamline both user and group management.
Companies love the collaboration capabilities of GitHub Enterprise, but have asked for more administrative controls regarding their employees’ user accounts. Using EMU, you can create user accounts for your employees and have additional audit capability over those accounts including user login events. Building on the auditing capability provided to all GHEC customers, enterprise owners are able to view, export, or stream the audit log events of every user in their enterprise.
EMU user accounts are standardized and synchronized with each user’s corporate identity in the IdP. This means that GitHub usernames, emails, and display names are defined directly in your company’s IdP, making it easy for users to tell with whom they’re collaborating, even if they’ve never met face-to-face.
Mistakes happen, and those resulting in accidental exposure of intellectual property can be some of the most costly. That is why repositories in EMU enterprise accounts can never be made public, adding an additional layer of protection when managing your enterprise’s code in the cloud.
As mentioned earlier, for regular users of GitHub nothing changes. For enterprises wanting to take advantage of GHEC, EMU is now available today for both AzureAD and Okta IdPs. Learn more and reach out to your GitHub account manager today if you are interested in adopting EMU.