Carnegie Mellon University

Service Access

Service Access is provided through a Service Account. Service Accounts are non-user accounts that provide credentials for integrations or connections between servers or services.

You can use a Service Account to provide credentials to integrate or connect servers and services. For example: 

  • Use a Service Account to allow a web application to authenticate and connect to a database server
  • Use a Service Account to allow a cloud service to authenticate and then pull data from an API service 

Using a Service Account to connect servers or services provides many benefits. For example, Service Accounts:

  • Increase security by providing access only to the information and resources needed
  • Improve auditability by generating easily traceable transactions
  • Promote business continuity by separating Service Account activity from individual Andrew accounts