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Who Are You? Trustgenix Provides Federated Identity Framework

For an identity management solution to have any real applicable value in the enterprise, the solution provider creating it needs to focus on the real issues: federated identity and user authentication.

Federated identity systems centralize all elements associated with a user’s network credentials and then share those credentials across platforms or even organizations. In some cases, a federated identity system is a requirement for companies to partner with each other. At the very least, federated identity can significantly reduce support costs while enhancing security. What’s more, solution providers can combine federated identity concepts with user authentication schemes to offer a centralized system that synchronizes a user’s credentials and access rights across the network.

Crafting such a solution requires a platform that recognizes the tenets of federated identity, user authentication and user access management, but that still offers the flexibility to integrate additional capabilities. Key add-ons are biometrics, security/directory integration or cross-partner capabilities.

With that in mind, Test Center engineers peeked at IdentityBridge Standard Edition (V2.1, Build 18) from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Trustgenix. This is a product that offers much in the way of identity management by acting as an end-point in a cross-company environment for integrating identity information across businesses.

The Standard Edition is a slimmed-down, simplified version of Trustgenix’s enterprise product. The target market is larger companies that have adopted standards-based federation servers and want to expand their pro-cesses to include smaller partners via single sign-on access to Web-based applications.

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