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ID management makes strong showing at Catalyst

Identity management and the growing importance of directories is deomnstrated in the range of products revealed at the Burton Group Catalyst Conference in San Francisco, which starts today.

Regulatory pressures distributed systems, and the desire to secure web services are forcing customers to re-evaluate supplier commitment towards identity management, said Jamie Lewis, chief executive officer and research chair at Burton Group.

As Microsoft steps up its ID management efforts with Identity Integration Server 2003,  the likes of IBM, Novell, Waveset Technologies, Critical Path, Neoteris and Sun Microsystems will unwrap auditing, password management, compliance, and secure identity portal initiatives.

Microsoft's MIIS includes automated account provisioning and web-based self-service password-management.

IBM will unveil an enterprise privacy language and toolkits to help developers build privacy into applications to ease ID management, and will tackle provisioning through its release of IBM Tivoli Identity Manager 4.5 next month. The product will boast enhanced customisation features to automate business processes within enterprise environments.

Novell's Nsure Audit - which provides secure logging, web-based access control, and auditing - ss the newest addition to the Nsure secure identity management line. An SDK will complement the release to plug-in third-party applications. Novell will also release a secure ID management road map and a Security Assertion Markup Language extension for iChain.

Meanwhile, Waveset will unveil Waveset Lighthouse Directory Master, a cross-platform administration portal for directories, which offers a single interface for multiple directories to migrate and manage disparate identity data into a consolidated environment.

Waveset will also team with Sun at Catalyst to produce an ID management offering for PeopleSoft apps.

Critical Path will announce a password management application featuring a reusable architecture that exploits existing infrastructure components, including metadirectory.

Lastly, Neoteris will introduce Neoteris Meeting Series, an appliance for secure online meetings for 10 to 250 simultaneous users via SSL transport.

Brian Fonseca writes for InfoWorld


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