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Sun boosts federated ID management

Sun Microsystems has expanded its web user identity management portfolio with Sun Java System Federation Manager and Sun Java System Identity Manager Service Provider Edition. 

 

With identity theft a growing issue, particularly as a result of identity management scandals at big companies that are surfacing in the US almost weekly, Sun is looking to tap into a growing market.

 

Federated identity management allows corporate web users to move from one site to the next and access applications and data without having to sign in to each site.

 

Sun and Microsoft recently joined forces to work on federated identity management standards, but both companies have also launched their own products since agreeing to collaborate.

 

Java Federation Manager is designed to help companies create identity federations across numerous partner sites quickly and efficiently. 

 

Java Identity Manager is an administration solution that helps enable federated identity provisioning across trusted partner networks, and provides identity services for registration, self-administration, delegated administration and synchronisation. 

 

Gerry Gebel, an analyst at Burton Group, said, “As the adoption rate for identity federation grows, enterprises require more sophisticated tools to manage all types of federation relationships, and to easily enable existing and potential partners to join federated communities.”


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