Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Jeev Trika, ManageEngine IT Matters

News Feed Item

Novell Enables Rapid Adoption of Identity Management by Open Sourcing Key Technologies

Working within the larger identity and open source communities, the Bandit project will address common identity management requi

WALTHAM, Mass., June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell today announced the creation of Bandit(TM), a groundbreaking open source project with a charter to unify disparate identity systems and provide a consistent approach to securing and managing identity. The identity services in development by the Bandit community are open source and will work with existing industry standards such as WS- * and Liberty Federation, and open source projects including Eclipse Higgins. Novell has already contributed significant engineering resources and code to jump start this effort. Ultimately, the goal of the Bandit project is to provide organizations with a consistent approach to enterprise identity management challenges such as secure, role- based access and regulatory compliance reporting.

"The Bandit project is looking to address one of the toughest challenges in identity management today -- provide a consistent approach to securing and managing identity," said Mike Neuenschwander, vice president and research director for the Burton Group. "The creation of identity services that abstract the complexity of identity systems and that are interoperable and freely available is a worthwhile goal and represents an important inflection point in the ongoing development of the identity management market."

While many organizations deploy identity management technologies today, disparate vendor solutions can create complexity and potentially slow adoption. By developing an open source enablement layer, Novell and the Bandit community will make it possible to standardize identity management across differing systems and resources. Bandit's freely available code can then be overlayed on an existing identity management system.

The Bandit project is focused on delivering a single, consistent experience of digital identity and includes several common identity services such as authentication, roles, policy and compliance:

-- The Common Authentication Services Adapter (CASA) provides interoperable authentication that enables application and enterprise single sign-on with a secure vault for user and system credentials. -- The Common Identity service is an implementation of the Higgins framework for representing digital identity. -- The Role Engine service can be integrated into any application to consistently calculate role information and unify authorization across systems. -- The Audit Record Framework service provides an open auditing and compliance API and receives audit records from Bandit's open identity services and other applications to provide common identity and event information to verify security and compliance.

Novell already incorporates some of Bandit's open identity services within its SUSE(R) Linux distribution and plans to include Bandit's identity services in future releases of other products. Novell will continue to support the Bandit project with substantial engineering resources and will maintain the project while the Bandit community grows.

"The Bandit project was created in response to our customers' need to reduce the complexity of identity management in the enterprise," said Jeff Jaffe, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Novell. "The industry needs to come together and deliver common identity services that provide a consistent experience, regardless of the underlying infrastructure. Novell's initial sponsorship of the Bandit project is a natural extension of our leadership in both identity and open source, and we are gratified to see the groundswell of community support."

A Community-driven Approach to Enterprise Identity Management

The Bandit project builds upon the participation of the broader identity and open source communities and many industry leaders are expressing their support and commitment to the goals of the Bandit project.

PARTNER QUOTES:

Dominic Fedronic, chief technology officer for ActivIdentity Inc., said, "The deployment of digital identity assurance and strong authentication solutions for both government and enterprise would greatly benefit from seamless interoperability and tight integration with identity management systems. ActivIdentity supports Novell's leadership with the Bandit project and Higgins as we believe the resulting open industry standards will expand the market and deliver greater value to customers."

Paul Trevithick, technology lead for the Higgins project at the Eclipse Foundation, said, "We are very pleased that Novell is promoting the adoption of open source identity technologies and that the Bandit project is contributing to and leveraging Higgins. Bandit is providing an important service by making an open identity infrastructure available on enterprise platforms including SUSE Linux."

Anthony Nadalin, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Security Architect for IBM, said, "IBM is pleased that Novell is using Higgins as the Identity Management foundation for the Bandit project. As a leading proponent of open source, IBM is committed to working with the Eclipse Higgins community to solve the identity-related challenges our customers face everyday."

George Goodman, president of the Liberty Alliance management board and director, Platform Capabilities Lab at Intel, said, "Liberty Alliance welcomes open initiatives that bring the industry closer to achieving a ubiquitous interoperable privacy-respecting identity layer for the Internet. We salute the Bandit team for contributing open source that will help advance the deployment of Liberty-enabled federations and Web services on the widest possible scale."

Kim Cameron, architect of Identity and Access for Microsoft, said: "The Identity Metasystem provides a model for identity interoperability across the industry. We're happy to see Novell playing an active role in helping realize the Identity Metasystem and look forward to working with them to ensure interoperability between our respective products."

Jim Gerken, practice manager for identity management with Novacoast, said, "We have spent years connecting disparate authentication repositories which confirms the need for consistent and standard identity services. With Novell's leadership in identity and open source, Bandit is a natural community for Novell to create that leverages its position in both markets."

Bob Lord, Red Hat senior director engineering, said, "Red Hat supports open source initiatives to build stronger identity frameworks and controls based on open standards. The Bandit project provides several initiatives that will help simplify identity management in heterogeneous environments and drive further innovation for the enterprise. We look forward to working with the open source community to extend a flexible identity framework from desktop to server, network to application."

Sara Gates, vice president of Identity Management at Sun Microsystems, said, "As a co-founder of the Liberty Alliance and a leading champion of open source, we have seen firsthand how customers are embracing open source technologies as a way to accelerate business solutions and reduce their costs. We strongly support the move of identity management services into the open source community."

Dick Hardt, Sxip Identity founder and CEO, said, "The identity management industry needs a common approach to secure, role-based access and compliance reporting for the enterprise and open source projects like Bandit from Novell and Higgins are a great step in that direction. We see this as a natural complement to the user-centric Identity 2.0 efforts being made with SXIP and DIX and are excited to work with them on adding support of Bandit, Higgins and eDirectory(TM)."

Rob Clyde, Symantec vice president of technology, office of the CTO, said, "Symantec is a strong supporter of open source initiatives that enable developer communities and vendors to work together to create flexible solutions capable of meeting the diverse needs of our customers. Companies today face a tremendous challenge as they try to integrate disparate application systems and security infrastructures each with its own authentication technologies into a cohesive, manageable solution. A standards-based approach backed by an open source implementation is a beneficial step towards addressing the vexing problem of identity management."

Jonathan Alexander, Trusted Network Technologies vice president of engineering, said, "Bandit is addressing key customer challenges, such as integrating distributed identity and roles, that we see as we help customers deploy our identity security and audit solutions. We see the Bandit and Higgins projects as filling a critical need to tie disparate identity systems together into a more pervasive, integrated and powerful solution."

About Novell

Novell, Inc. delivers Software for the Open Enterprise(TM). With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at http://www.novell.com/.

Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks and Bandit and eDirectory are trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. * Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other third party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Novell, Inc.

CONTACT: Kerry Adorno of Novell, +1-781-464-8042 or [email protected];
or Sarah Murray of Horn Group, +1-781-356-7135 or [email protected], for
Novell

Web site: http://www.novell.com/

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
If you had a chance to enter on the ground level of the largest e-commerce market in the world – would you? China is the world’s most populated country with the second largest economy and the world’s fastest growing market. It is estimated that by 2018 the Chinese market will be reaching over $30 billion in gaming revenue alone. Admittedly for a foreign company, doing business in China can be challenging. Often changing laws, administrative regulations and the often inscrutable Chinese Interne...
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
As ridesharing competitors and enhanced services increase, notable changes are occurring in the transportation model. Despite the cost-effective means and flexibility of ridesharing, both drivers and users will need to be aware of the connected environment and how it will impact the ridesharing experience. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Timothy Evavold, Executive Director Automotive at Covisint, will discuss key challenges and solutions to powering a ride sharing and/or multimodal model in the a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CDS Global Cloud, an Infrastructure as a Service provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CDS Global Cloud is an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) provider specializing in solutions for e-commerce, internet gaming, online education and other internet applications. With a growing number of data centers and network points around the world, ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions.
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, discussed the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to focus...
Big Data has been changing the world. IoT fuels the further transformation recently. How are Big Data and IoT related? In his session at @BigDataExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will explore the interplay of Big Data and IoT. He will anatomize Big Data and IoT separately in terms of what, which, why, where, when, who, how and how much. He will then analyze the relationship between IoT and Big Data, specifically the drilldown of how the 4Vs of Big Data (Volume, Variety,...
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...
For basic one-to-one voice or video calling solutions, WebRTC has proven to be a very powerful technology. Although WebRTC’s core functionality is to provide secure, real-time p2p media streaming, leveraging native platform features and server-side components brings up new communication capabilities for web and native mobile applications, allowing for advanced multi-user use cases such as video broadcasting, conferencing, and media recording.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
Ask someone to architect an Internet of Things (IoT) solution and you are guaranteed to see a reference to the cloud. This would lead you to believe that IoT requires the cloud to exist. However, there are many IoT use cases where the cloud is not feasible or desirable. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, will discuss the strategies that exist to extend intelligence directly to IoT devices and sensors, freeing them from the constraints of ...
Web Real-Time Communication APIs have quickly revolutionized what browsers are capable of. In addition to video and audio streams, we can now bi-directionally send arbitrary data over WebRTC's PeerConnection Data Channels. With the advent of Progressive Web Apps and new hardware APIs such as WebBluetooh and WebUSB, we can finally enable users to stitch together the Internet of Things directly from their browsers while communicating privately and securely in a decentralized way.
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and...
Technology vendors and analysts are eager to paint a rosy picture of how wonderful IoT is and why your deployment will be great with the use of their products and services. While it is easy to showcase successful IoT solutions, identifying IoT systems that missed the mark or failed can often provide more in the way of key lessons learned. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Peter Vanderminden, Principal Industry Analyst for IoT & Digital Supply Chain to Flatiron Strategies, will focus on how IoT de...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kausik Sridharabalan, founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, Inc., will focus on key challenges in building an Internet of Things solution infrastructure. He will shed light on efficient ways of defining interactions within IoT solutions, leading to cost and time reduction. He will also introduce ways to handle data and how one can develop IoT solutions that are lean, flexible and configurable, thus making IoT infrastructure agile and scalable.
Complete Internet of Things (IoT) embedded device security is not just about the device but involves the entire product’s identity, data and control integrity, and services traversing the cloud. A device can no longer be looked at as an island; it is a part of a system. In fact, given the cross-domain interactions enabled by IoT it could be a part of many systems. Also, depending on where the device is deployed, for example, in the office building versus a factory floor or oil field, security ha...
An IoT product’s log files speak volumes about what’s happening with your products in the field, pinpointing current and potential issues, and enabling you to predict failures and save millions of dollars in inventory. But until recently, no one knew how to listen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dan Gettens, Chief Research Officer at OnProcess, will discuss recent research by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and OnProcess Technology, where MIT created a new, breakthrough analytics model f...
There are several IoTs: the Industrial Internet, Consumer Wearables, Wearables and Healthcare, Supply Chains, and the movement toward Smart Grids, Cities, Regions, and Nations. There are competing communications standards every step of the way, a bewildering array of sensors and devices, and an entire world of competing data analytics platforms. To some this appears to be chaos. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate a...