Oracle has announced an open industry initiative to help protect identity data on enterprise networks.
The Identity Governance Framework (IGF) is designed to help organisations better govern and protect sensitive identity-related employee, customer and partner information as it flows across heterogeneous applications.
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The initiative has won the backing of CA, Layer 7 Technologies, Novell, Ping Identity, Securent and Sun Microsystems.
The partners plan to work with Oracle to develop full specifications for identity protection standards. Oracle is also inviting additional vendors and customers to review and contribute to the key draft specifications.
Oracle said organisations are currently struggling to balance the need to meet regulatory mandates and secure personal information while maintaining streamlined business processes.
As a consequence, identity-related data is often embedded in numerous applications across an organisation, making it prone to inconsistencies, placing information at risk and triggering privacy violations.
The IGF will address this problem and establish a standard way of defining enterprise-level policies for organisations to share sensitive personal information securely between applications and diverse identity sources, while helping to ensure security and privacy.
More information is available at http://www.oracle.com/goto/igf
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