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Identity Management

Have a look at the newly launched OpenSSO Resource Center, which brings you at a glance reference material on OpenSSO, Sun's open-source project for access management, federation, and secure Web services. Collected are documentation, FAQs, articles, support information, product demos, and so forth. As Sun identity architect Pat Patterson said at the OpenSSO session at CommunityOne in May, "There...
on Jun 26, 2008
Check out the ninth segment of the FAQ for Sun Java System Access Manager on Sun Developer Network. These latest Q&As focus on performance and policy, session failover, deployment, and agents, with tips and guidelines for configurations and best practices. Here are a few examples: When should I recompile: before or after starting the Web server? How do I protect a resource with a policy...
on Jun 18, 2008
SDN just published Part 2 of an FAQ on the nuances of working with Sun Java System Access Manager, a twin of OpenSSO, in support of Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 1.x and 2.x. You learn, for example, how to enable basic authentication and how to configure Authentication Context mappers. In the works are Q&As on performance and sizing, policy, agents, installation and configuration...
on Jun 6, 2008
Sun identity architect Rajeev Angal starts a recent interview with Sun Developer Network with explaining why identity federation among enterprises, a must-do in the present-day Web economy, is a momentous challenge. Issues abound from many fronts: legacy applications, transient and transaction data, protocols, scalability.Enter virtual federation, a key capability invented by Rajeev for the...
on May 28, 2008
Late afternoon this past Monday, Sun identity architect Pat Patterson, senior product line manager Daniel Raskin, and product manager Nick Wooler took the podium at CommunityOne on OpenSSO. In particular, they described the runtime scenario; explained Fedlets, a shining capability in the upcoming Sun Federated Access Manager, OpenSSO's twin; and demo'd the process of deploying applications and...
on May 7, 2008
At CommunityOne 2008 in San Francisco yesterday, Ludovic Poitou, community lead for OpenDS; and Jim Yang, project lead for Penrose, a Java technology-based directory server, presented on the topic, "Getting Started on OpenDS.” Here's the presentation (PDF) and a recap.
on May 6, 2008
Jamie Nelson, Sun's director of engineering for access and federation management, mentioned in a recent interview that "[t]ypically, the number-one problem in developing Web applications is that identity is often an afterthought." If you plan to join CommunityOne in San Francisco next Monday, May 5, be sure to attend these identity management sessions: Getting Started With OpenDS OpenSSO...
on Apr 29, 2008
In a recent podcast, Sun's senior product line manager for access and federation management Daniel Raskin and RedMonk's Michael Cote and Sun's Brandon Whichard explain federation ("extended enterprise, internally and externally") with examples and a new way to federate with partners: with Fedlets in the upcoming Sun Federated Access Manager. The benefits: simplicity, speed, lightweight,...
on Apr 28, 2008
Sun Developer Network just published Part 3 of the technical series, Securing Applications With Identity Services. Through an example application built with the NetBeans IDE, you learn how to configure OpenSSO and obtain the attributes of users whose tokens are passed in service calls. Forthcoming will be segments on auditing, creation, updates, single sign-on, and logout of identity services....
on Apr 16, 2008
RedMonk's Michael Cote and Sun's Brandon Whichard recently recorded an approximately 30-minute podcast, in which they reflect on a number of interesting subjects. Those include the recent "passportgate" in the States, the difference between ESSO [enterprise single sign-on] and SSO [single sign-on], IBM's acquisition of Encentuate, OpenID, and others. A lively, informative episode.
on Apr 10, 2008
Sun Developer Network just published Part 2 of an interview series on identity with OpenSSO, Sun's open-source project for single sign-on, as the topic. Sun federation architect-cum-OpenSSO-community manager Pat Patterson, ever eloquent and savvy, is the interviewee.In the interview, Pat discusses OpenSSO's mission, adoption, challenges, future, and a heartening gain to Sun. Contributions from...
on Mar 25, 2008
Earlier today, Sun Developer Network published Part 1 of an identity interview series that focuses on access management for Web applications. Jamie Nelson, Sun's director of engineering for access and federation management, who's captivating to listen to by virtue of his broad experience and savvy in security, talks about the number-one problem in developing Web apps—identity—and...
on Mar 17, 2008
Recently, I came across two papers on cross-organization federated identity (authentication, authorization, and audit): Identity Federation: The Inside Story (Literally) by Daniel Raskin, Sun product line manager — Explains the roles played by Sun Java System Access Manager and Sun Java System Federation Manager, soon to be merged as Sun Java System Federated Access Manager. SAML: The...
on Mar 12, 2008
New on Sun Developer Network is an article, Federated Identity Through the Eyes of the Deployer, by identity luminary Eve Maler. The article answers these questions: What identity-related challenges do application deployers face? What considerations are involved in setting up a single sign-on solution so that users can authenticate elsewhere before accessing your application? What are the...
on Mar 3, 2008
Early in January, I wrote about the newly launched FAMTalk, a monthly podcast hosted by Sun identity gurus. The February episode is now available: a presentation by Pat Patterson that discusses the history of the federation protocols, Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, OpenID, and other related topics.Pat is joined by other identity experts in the podcast. A PDF file of the slides...
on Feb 11, 2008
Last week, Sun identity architect Pat Patterson pointed me to a nice picture in Terry Sigle's blog that shows the folks behind FAMFest 08, held recently in Las Vegas. A total of 21 people from Sun's access management community attended, including Pat himself (second from left in the front row), to create demos for the forthcoming Sun Java System Federation Access Manager. Sounds like a most...
on Jan 30, 2008
Sun's Terry Sigle recently announced the launch of FAMTalk in his blog posting. FAMTalk is a monthly podcast hosted by four Sun identity gurus: Tim Campbell, Steven Jarosz, Pat Patterson, and Terry Sigle himself. The focus is on the upcoming Sun Java System Federated Access Manager, which combines Sun Java System Access Manager and Sun Java System Federation Manager. So far, two segments are...
on Jan 4, 2008
Just published on Sun Developer Network is Developing Secure Applications With Sun Java System Access Manager, Part 2: Advanced Authorization, the sequel of an article series that describes how to authorize application access with a hierarchy-based resource model and interoperable Web services for .NET applications. A key task is to centralize identity and access management so as to control who...
on Jan 3, 2008
Sun Developer Network just published a new segment of a Sun Java System Access Manager and Sun Java System Federation Manager FAQ on Liberty Alliance and Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). The Q&As also shed light on those products' support for identity-based services in Access Manager, on the utilities for creating and maintaining federated connections, on the components in...
on Dec 20, 2007
Sun's Daniel Raskin wrote in September that Sun was combining two flagship identity products, Sun Java System Access Manager and Sun Java System Federation Manager, into a single product: Sun Java System Federated Access Manager. Coming right up in the spring of 2008!Here's a two-part overview by Daniel on Sun Java System Federation Manager 8.0: Part 1 and Part 2. In addition, on wikis.sun.com...
on Dec 13, 2007