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Government praised for federated identity management

The UK government has won an award from the Liberty Alliance for its efforts in developing and rolling out federated identity management solutions.

The Alliance, backed by leading financial services firms and major IT suppliers, promotes the development of open standards for federated identity management.

The UK government was among the winners of the Alliance’s 2006 IDDY (IDentity Deployment of the Year) Awards.

The awards recognise identity management deployments that are delivering “real-world value to businesses, governments, citizens and consumers around the globe”.

Deutsche Telekom, the UK government and New York State Education Agencies (EduTech) were selected as winners by a judging panel of international identity experts.

Federated identity management is designed to enable users to access information and applications across different websites and intranets using a single sign-on process.

The UK government’s award was for the UK Government Gateway Authentication Service, which uses federated security to secure the electronic delivery of government services to citizens across the country.

It enables authentication and single sign-on in support of joined-up government and has broken down technical silos that had been hindering a transition to e-government.

The Government Gateway Authentication Service is designed as the authentication server for all e-government services in the UK. Nearly 8m citizens are registered to use it.

The gateway also provides authentication services on behalf of other public-sector bodies, based on trust principles established in UK e-government legislation.

It supports a “tiered” authentication scheme according to the level of assurance provided by the user enrolment process and the type of credentials issued.


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