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HP improves support for federated security

Arif Mohamed
Hewlett-Packard has improved authentication and support for user policies in its OpenView Select Access Identity Management software suite, to support federated security.

Federation is where users move between "federated" websites and applications, for example across the web or an intranet, and experience a secure, personalised visit, based on their preferences and identity.

OpenView Select Access Identity Management uses authorisation policies, secure single sign-on, and SAML (Security Assertions Markup Language) standards to enable multiple servers to share user data, attributes and authorisation. It also supports the Liberty Alliance single sign-on and WS-Security standards, making it vendor neutral.

Siemens Transportation Systems (STS) is using the new software because the company "needs to provide timely, reliable access to critical information to a worldwide network of customers, employees, partners and suppliers", said HP.

STS also wanted to ensure its intranet, extranet and portals remained protected by restricting data access to authorised users. With HP OpenView Select Access Identity Management, each user receives individual access to information according to their rights, defined in their user profile.

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