Government wins with ID management

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Government wins with ID management

Antony Savvas

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

The Government Gateway Authentication Service was among the winners of the Alliance's Identity Deployment of the Year Awards.

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

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

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.

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