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Federation enters a new phase

Two recent releases in the federated identity marketplace caught my eye -- and may speak to the development of federation deployments:1. Ping Identity announced that the U.

November 16, 2006 by Eric Norlin

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Who is an identity-based NAC vendor?

Network Access Control ("NAC") was an emerging focus at last September's Digital ID World conference. The reason for including NAC in the agenda arose from my belief (fueled by talks with enterprises) that network-layer identity management was an area that is fast becoming an important piece of enterprise architecture.

November 13, 2006 by Eric Norlin

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Understanding "identity management"

Paul Murphy has been writing about identity management over on his Managing Linux blog. His basic thesis is that while most CIOs now are putting "identity management" as a top priority, most also can't tell you what "identity management" is.

November 1, 2006 by Eric Norlin

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A tipping point?

Way back in the early mists of identity time, I was speaking with Bryan Field-Elliott (then CTO of Ping Identity) about the earliest drafts of the Liberty Alliance protocols, and whether or not they could be used for what we then called "internet identity." (Note: "internet identity" is now called "URL-based identity," or even more broadly and less accurately "user-centric identity.

October 19, 2006 by Eric Norlin

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The evolving models of security...

Phil and I have been speaking a lot recently about the changing of security models in the enterprise. The three basic models actually seem to represent a learning curve that both enterprises and the vendors are evolving through.

October 17, 2006 by Phil Becker

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Identity and social business applications

John Milan has written an interesting piece about "social business applications" over on Read/Write web. He begins by defining "social business applications" as "software that coordinates group interaction that is important to running your business" -- a bit amorphous but workable definition.

October 12, 2006 by Eric Norlin

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Digital ID World recap: final thoughts

It's now almost a full month since Digital ID World is over and done, and my thoughts about what happened are finally starting to coalesce. "Starting" - I said, and this post (I hope) reflects that beginning.

October 9, 2006 by Eric Norlin

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A big "small" problem

When looking at the larger picture of identity and identity management, it is easy to perceive certain things as relatively small issues and push them into the "we'll look at that later" category. But sometimes these issues aren't quite as small as they seem...

October 6, 2006 by Phil Becker

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