Novell has unveiled an open source identity management project, aimed at unifying the plethora of available systems and providing a consistent standards-based approach to managing identity.
The Bandit project will develop open source identity services that meet industry standards such as WS-* and Liberty Federation, backed by engineering resources and code from Novell.
As identity management becomes an increasingly high priority for business, suppliers are producing a string of new products. The Bandit project seeks to standardise identity management across differing systems through an “enablement layer”. The open source mechanism means the freely available code can be added onto existing identity management systems.
The project aims to give users a single, consistent experience of digital identity and is set to deliver a range of identity services. These include a Common Authentication Services Adapter, a Common Identity service, a Role Engine and an Audit Record Framework service.
Novell said it had already incorporated some Bandit services in its SuSE Linux operating system distribution and will include them in other future products.