At RSA Gemalto announced that its Protiva Strong Authentication Server is now fully integrated with Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010. Thanks to this combined solution, organizations can provision, deploy and manage smart card-based one-time password devices linked to Gemalto strong authentication server, while using the same Microsoft interface to which they are already accustomed. See their full press release here http://www.gemalto.com/php/pr_view.php?id=720
Microsoft's quote in the release:
“We have worked closely with Gemalto so that organizations using Microsoft solutions to manage network identities have a streamlined way to implement smart card technology to enhance their network security and privacy,” said John Chirapurath, senior director in the Identity and Security Business Group at Microsoft. “It gives our customers the ability to implement strong authentication devices without having to change the way they work day to day. That is what we call Business Ready Security.”
Security blog Security Squared just posted an in-depth piece about how First American Title is using FIM for identity management of 13,000+ employees.
The author met with First American's Cameron Cosgrove and Scott Weir yesterday, here at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Here's the full text.
Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager User Cuts Costs, Improves Compliance, Lays Convergence Foundation
If you are in San Francisco at the RSA Conference, be sure to visit the Microsoft booth (#1517) for these 20 minute theatre presentations:
Better Together: Exchange Server 2010 and the MS Forefront Secure Messaging solution: 12:40 pm
Securely Collaborate with Partners and Employees Using SharePoint and Business Ready Security from MS Forefront: 1:40 pm
Protecting Endpoint from Advanced Threats with MSFT's Secure Endpoint Solution: 4:10 pm
Microsoft Identity and Access Management Solution: 11:40
On TechNet Edge, Brjann Brekkan, Microsoft product manager for the Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution and related products, describes the capabilities and business drivers behind the solution. Beginning at [6:08], he gives us a screencast demo of parts of the solution. The demo includes automated AD group management and access through Forefront Identity Manager (FIM), FIM password reset, and managing group membership via Outlook.
This week the RSA 2010 conference is happening in San Francisco and, as usual, Microsoft is an active participant at the event. Today Scott Charney, vice president of Trustworthy Computing, keynoted about Microsoft’s continued efforts to create a safer, more trusted Internet. He spoke about cloud security, highlighting the importance of identity technologies and Microsoft’s broad investments in identity and access to address the needs of businesses, governments and individuals. Microsoft made two announcements in this area.
Release of Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM)
FIM is an important deliverable of the Business Ready Security strategy to help companies manage risk and empower their people. It is a core part of our identity & access management solution, which aims to enable more secure access to both on-site and cloud applications, from virtually any location or device.
Overall, FIM takes a great deal of cost and inefficiency out of identity management and helps companies boost employee productivity.
The successor to Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, FIM dramatically simplifies enterprise identity management through end-user self service capabilities and IT administrator tools to automate tasks. It helps companies manage user accounts and access, password and certificate-based credentials, and identity policies across Windows and heterogeneous environments. In addition, FIM provides the foundation for custom solutions.
First American Title Insurance Company is using FIM now to automate provisioning and access to business systems for its 14,000 employees. As a result, the company is helping employees more easily get to the information and applications they need, is improving its internal auditing and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and is also reducing help desk calls – for an anticipated annual savings of $66,000.
More information about FIM and how to evaluate it is here. You can watch TechNet webcasts about it here and a TechNet Edge video about our identity and access management solution here.
Also at RSA, Microsoft announced the Community Technology Preview of U-Prove. U-Prove is advanced cryptographic software that helps protect people’s identity and privacy as they use online services. It is especially relevant to e-government initiatives and national ID programs.
Using “minimal disclosure tokens,” U-Prove allows individuals to disclose just the information needed by online applications and services, but nothing more – helping protect privacy and prevent cyber-crime.
Microsoft is working with The Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS in Berlin, Germany. Fraunhofer-FOKUS is a competency center for e-Government and Secure e-Identity, and hosts the German electronic identity system, which will roll out in 2010.
In his keynote Scott Charney played a video about a Microsoft and Fraunhofer-FOKUS proof-of-concept illustrating minimal disclosure with U-Prove and other Microsoft identity technologies. You can view the video here.
Look for more posts about FIM and U-Prove, as well as updates from RSA.