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A new way to authenticate your identity?

Sunday, July 31, 2005
– For several years, technologists with the Liberty Alliance, an industry consortium, have been developing a way for people to log in to one network and be automatically authenticated at another. The idea is to avoid sharing a single password among multiple parties with which you transact business — the model followed when your bank and insurance carrier both ask for your Social Security number. Instead, one site sends another an encrypted numeric token that represents the user's identity — but only for that single Web session or transaction. The token is useless to anyone else or at another time. The Alliance's braintrust is now exploring ways its system can be applied more broadly in online systems where most identity thefts happen.

Identity Management Comes of Age

Tuesday, July 26, 2005
– Identity management is an idea whose time has come, as evidenced by the variety of tools, initiatives and services. We discuss a few in this article, but there are many more that affect not only employees and partners, but consumers as well.

Federated Single Sign-On Shifts GM into High Gear

Sunday, February 20, 2005
– When General Motors Corp.'s employee portal forced workers to endure a traffic jam of user names and passwords, the company turned to federated single sign-on to put employees in the driver's seat.

The 50 most powerful people in networking

Tuesday, December 28, 2004
– The Liberty Alliance continues to shine as an excellent example of users taking standards issues into their own hands - and progressing at lightning speed. Under the leadership of Michael Barrett, [Liberty Alliance] spearheaded development of an identity management standard that it expects to be at the heart of more than 400 million electronic identities and clients by the end of 2005.

Identity is More Than Specs at Liberty Alliance

Sunday, October 24, 2004
– Good standards are not born, they are made. When it comes to creating standards for federated identity management, the Liberty Alliance is one of the organizations at the forefront.

IBM Gets Behind Federated-Identity Standard

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
– IBM on Thursday said it has joined the Liberty Alliance, indicating that industry support is shifting toward the identity-management group's standard for using a single ID and password to access Web services across organizations.

IBM jumps into Liberty Alliance

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
– IBM has joined the Internet security consortium Liberty Alliance at the request of a customer, European mobile telecommunications provider Orange.

IBM Joins Liberty Alliance

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
– IBM Wednesday announced that it has joined the Liberty Alliance, the identity management group working to define standards around federated identity and Web services.

Liberty Alliance Captures Seven New Members

Sunday, October 17, 2004
– Liberty Alliance, a far-reaching body working on identity standards for web services, has signed up seven new members.

Liberty Alliance names first director, new members

Sunday, October 17, 2004
– The Liberty Alliance Project signalled that it expects to have longevity when it comes to developing and promoting federated identity standards by naming its first executive director on Monday.

Managing User Identities

Sunday, October 10, 2004
– Officials at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working toward a centralized approach to managing the identity information for people who access the lab's network and computer systems. Officials in the lab's Computer Security Program will be responsible for managing authentication, which focuses on who has access to systems, rather than having that function duplicated across the lab's 12 directorates.

Location and Presence Take Identity Management to Next Level

Monday, October 04, 2004
– Identity management is a key initiative for 2004 and 2005, according to IT executives participating in Nemertes Research’s upcoming “Securing the Enterprise” research benchmark. Digital “identity” refers to the traits, attributes and preferences upon which one may receive personalized services. Identity traits could include government-issued IDs, corporate user accounts and biometric information. Two user “attributes” which may be associated with identity are presence and location.

Federated Identity Standards -Confused? You Bet You Are

Thursday, September 30, 2004
– Business is becoming increasingly virtual and decentralized, while real-time management of relationships with employees, contractors, partners, suppliers, and customers is becoming ever more crucial. Even within a single company, applications may reside on different platforms, in separate departmental security domains, in legacy databases derived from prior acquisitions, or (thanks to outsourcing) in separate companies. As gaining access to distributed resources becomes increasingly vital, the ability to manage identity effectively becomes a paramount concern.

Identity Federation Provides Greater Mobility for Internet Users

Thursday, September 09, 2004
– User identity is an important issue surrounding the provision of Web services on wireless networks. Both the users and suppliers of Web-based services must be assured that identity-related data - including sensitive information such as credit-card details - are secure but also available when necessary. Identity is of particular importance in mobile applications because the user is likely to access Web services via a number of routes and using several different terminal types.

Identity's Federated Future

Sunday, September 05, 2004
– Walk up to an ATM anywhere in the world, insert your bank card, punch in your PIN, and within minutes you can withdraw local currency from your own account, no matter where you normally bank. Aside from a possible service charge, the transaction is seamless. It’s the same as if you were at a branch in your hometown. That’s a federated system in action. Out of mutual self-interest, using simple authentication at the point of transaction, participating banks have agreed to trust one another to supply funds from their respective vaults. The banks remain separate entities, but the flow of transactions is shared, creating a federated network.