Disabling anonymous access

If you want to configure IBM® Cognos® Analytics for authenticated logon only, you need to disable anonymous access to the application.

By default, IBM Cognos components do not require user authentication. Users can log on anonymously.


  1. On each computer where Content Manager is installed, start IBM Cognos Configuration.
  2. In the Explorer window, under Security > Authentication, click Cognos.

    The Cognos namespace stores information about IBM Cognos groups and roles, contacts, and distribution lists, and so on, and references to objects in other security namespaces.

  3. In the Properties window, click the box next to the Allow anonymous access property and then select False.
  4. From the File menu, click Save.


Now, you must configure a namespace so that users are required to provide logon credentials when they access IBM Cognos Analytics.