What Is Federated Identity Management?

Kobielus, James
August 2005
Business Communications Review;Aug2005, Vol. 35 Issue 8, p56
Trade Publication
This article discusses various issues related to the significance of federated identity management (IdM) computer network security. Federated IdM is a hot topic right now in the world of network security. Although it has many definitions and applications, at heart, federated IdM refers to a new standards-based approach to directory services that streamlines and secures user access to networked resources. Compared to previous access, authentication and directory integration approaches, federated IdM is a better solution. Although federated IdM requires additional network security infrastructure components--notably the identity provider and service provider functional components--each organization stores, manages and controls its own identity information, including user IDs, passwords and account profiles. Federation also allows organizations to reduce or eliminate the administrative burden of having to register external users in local directories. When two or more autonomous organizations decide to federate, they retain control of their respective identities and resources, but first they must establish trust relationships with one another. INSETS: Money Machines And Cellular Roaming--Forerunners To Federated...;Internal Benefits Of Federated IdM.


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