[KI-LC] FW: Simple Cloud Identity Management underway

Colin Wallis Colin.Wallis at dia.govt.nz
Wed Jun 1 23:30:04 EDT 2011


FYI..
An interesting development...

Standards.  We're Just Starting to SCIM the Surface


Ping Identity provides standardized, scalable account management for the Cloud



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It's a fact. Cloud security doesn't scale without standards. As enterprise cloud applications begin to obscure legacy systems, secure centralized account management and control becomes even more important. Adhering to standards helps enterprises combat the vendor lock-in that occurs with proprietary solutions.  Additionally, standards help tie the pieces of digital identity together.

In our work with other vendors and our customers over the past several years, Ping Identity has lead the way and remains steadfast to our commitment to standards. Our industry has successfully externalized authentication using standards such as SAML and OpenID. Now it's time to turn our attention toward an even bigger problem.  We must solve proprietary user account management.

All major cloud providers currently support proprietary provisioning APIs. This simply will not scale. To effectively centralize control of identity for the Cloud, we must find a way to standardize the provisioning and de-provisioning of users from local data-stores to the Cloud. Doing this right will not only reduce friction, but it will enhance centralized control and unlock future business agility.

For the past two years, our customers have communicated their desire for a standard method of managing users between external directories and databases. In response to this, and in collaboration with Salesforce.com<http://mkto-i0028.com/track?type=click&enid=bWFpbGluZ2lkPXBpbmdpZGVudGl0eUJldGFjdXN0LTIwMjUtMzg2My0wLTE3NTctcHJvZC03NDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPTAmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD03NDEmc2VyaWFsPTEyNjQ2NzU2NDgmZW1haWxpZD1nZW9mZmxjb29wZXJAZ21haWwuY29tJnVzZXJpZD0yMTkwNyZleHRyYT0mJiY=&&&http://salesforce.com/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoku67MZKXonjHpfsX66uUtXrHr08Yy0EZ5VunJEUWy2YQES9QhcOuuEwcWGog80AVWHemReY5U8%2BFE> and Google Ping Identity announced a new initiative at IIW called Simple Cloud Identity Management.

Charter: Simple Cloud Identity Management

The Simple Cloud Identity Management (SCIM) specification is designed to make managing user identity in cloud based applications and services easier. The specification suite seeks to build upon experience with existing schemas and deployments, placing specific emphasis on simplicity of development and integration, while applying existing authentication, authorization, and privacy models. It's intent is to reduce the cost and complexity of user management operations by providing a common user schema and extension model, as well as binding documents to provide patterns for exchanging this schema using standard protocols. In essence, make it fast, cheap, and easy to move users in to, out of, and around the Cloud.

The intent is for both REST and SAML based provisioning to be enabled using a well-defined user schema that represents common user profile information. Already we have seen a number of other vendors and SaaS providers including Cisco, UnboundID and VMware join the discussion.

Specification work is well underway with an expectation that we will have working prototypes by the end of the year. Getting this right is important. Help us make it so by joining the conversation at http://simplecloud.info<http://mkto-i0028.com/track?type=click&enid=bWFpbGluZ2lkPXBpbmdpZGVudGl0eUJldGFjdXN0LTIwMjUtMzg2My0wLTE3NTctcHJvZC03NDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPTAmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD03NDEmc2VyaWFsPTEyNjQ2NzU2NDgmZW1haWxpZD1nZW9mZmxjb29wZXJAZ21haWwuY29tJnVzZXJpZD0yMTkwNyZleHRyYT0mJiY=&&&http://simplecloud.info/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoku67MZKXonjHpfsX66uUtXrHr08Yy0EZ5VunJEUWy2YQES9QhcOuuEwcWGog80AVWHemReY5U8%2BFE>.



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