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RSA Security upgrade to help cut user log-ins

Advances in federated identity technology are set to help cut down the number of individual user log-ins. RSA Security is preparing a new version of its Federated Identity Manager software that supports the latest specification of the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML 2.0). Federated Identity Manager 3.0, expected to launch by the end of May, includes performance improvements, a new graphical user interface and testing tools.

PAS specification to be made British standard

The PAS 56 specification defining best practice guidance for business continuity planning is to become a British standard. By the end of 2006, the first part in the new BS 25999 series will establish the process, principles and terminology of business continuity management. The aim is to provide a basis for understanding, developing and implementing business continuity within an organisation, the British Standards Institution said.

Liberty Alliance marks open standard milestone

The Liberty Alliance, the global consortium developing open standards for federated identity, has announced there are now more than one billion devices supporting the standard globally. In addition, 20 million people use Liberty-enabled identities in the technology and enterprise sectors to manage business-to-business and business-to-consumer services based on Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services, the group said. Users include American Express and Fidelity Investments.

Partner deal will help users manage SAS

DataSynapse, a provider of virtual application infrastructure, has partnered with SAS to provide users with a way to run complex business analytics. The tie-up will enable users to run SAS using DataSynapse's Gridserver. The partnership is focused on offering users a way to deploy and manage SAS using application virtualisation.

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