Authentication, State Entity Standard



Standardize State entity digital identity management to support enhanced reuse and security.


  1. All State entities will use the NDGOV Active Directory and/or Azure Active Directory for digital identity management.


Digital Identity Management - A wholistic set of identity related activities, including but not limited to identity proofing, authentication and use of authenticators, and identity federation.

State Entity - A state entity means any state official, state employee or other person authorized to act on behalf of the state or any named service or device directly managed by the state.


This standard applies to all executive branch state agencies including the University Systems Office but excluding other higher education institutions, i.e. campuses and agricultural and research centers.

Statement of Commitment

North Dakota's CIO/CTO directs that IT Policy be created to establish statewide information technology policies and standards as defined within ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59-09).


Non-compliance with this standard shall be reported to the Office of the State Auditor.

Revision Number: 1
Revision Date: 2021-04-01
Effective Date: 2021-04-01
Last Reviewed: 2021-04-01
Number: POL0020021