Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Virgin Media Secures Wi-Fi for London Underground with Oracle Identity Management

In preparation for London Olympics 2012 that would bring millions of additional passengers - athletes, support crews, vendors, and spectators to London, the task of providing free, secure Wi-Fi services to the London Underground went to Virgin Media.

Virgin Media is the UK’s first combined provider of broadband, TV, mobile and home phone services. Find out how Virgin Media used Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Virtual Directory, and Oracle Entitlements Server to leverage back-end legacy systems for the London Underground Wi-Fi project; systems that were never designed to be externalized.

Learn more about the Wi-Fi project and how Virgin Media is scaling the project to deliver true place-shifting—allowing subscribers to watch pay-per-view assets from any device, anywhere.

You may also want to check out the on-demand webcast with experts from Virgin Media, their implementation partner, aurionPro SENA and Oracle to get more context. And here's the link to a recent newsletter feature on Virgin Media's IDM implementation.

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Wednesday Mar 27, 2013

Virgin Media Webcast Tomorrow

A quick reminder that tomorrow (Thursday, March 28) at 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT, experts from Virgin Media, implementation partner aurionPro SENA and Oracle will discuss how Virgin Media successfully enabled secure wi-fi services in London Underground in time for the London Olympics 2012.

Join the webcast to hear hear how Virgin Media, the UK’s first combined provider of broadband, TV, mobile, and home phone services, used Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Virtual Directory, and Oracle Entitlements Server to leverage back-end legacy systems for the project, systems that were never designed to be externalized.

You’ll learn how Virgin Media:

  • Transformed the London Underground deployment into a platform for authorizing other services
  • Reused Oracle Entitlements Server and Oracle Virtual Directory for authorizing customers to view video-on-demand content on their Virgin Media set top boxes
  • Expanded to deliver true place-shifting—allowing subscribers to watch pay-per-view assets from any device, anywhere

As you continue to embrace mobile and social, Oracle Identity Management will become even more important, enabling interaction and securing the experience. Join us and find out how.

Register now for this Webcast, “Virgin Media Takes Identity Management Underground.”

Experts will be at hand to take your questions live. You can also submit the questions via twitter. Direct those to @OracleIDM using #IDMtalk

Webcast:Virgin Media takes Identity Management Underground
Thurs., March 28, 2013
10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET

Monday Mar 25, 2013

Security Newsletter, March edition – Q&A with the Commissioner, IDM goes Underground

The March edition of the Security Inside Out Newsletter is now out. This edition puts a spotlight on Privacy and features a Q&A session with a well known privacy expert, and showcases relevant resources.

With businesses relying more than ever on online channels to manage, build and grow their customer interactions, issues around security, privacy and compliance have taken center stage more so than ever before. Last week, we talked about the role security plays in enabling the new digital experience and in connecting organizations to social, mobile and cloud. This week we will talk about Privacy.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is Ontario’s Commissioner of Information and Privacy and one of the world’s leading experts on Privacy. The March edition of the newsletter features a Q&A with the Commissioner where she delved into the role technology can play in protecting and managing privacy, and discussed her mantra Privacy by Design. We encourage you to read the feature and download the whitepaper that discusses Privacy and Security by Design: A Convergence of Paradigms. The feature serves as good background for a conversation on Privacy that we will have on our blog this week leading up to the twitter conversation with the Commissioner next week (on April 4th).

Yes, a twitter conversation! The Commissioner has agreed to participate in a live twitter chat to discuss Privacy and respond to industry questions - recent news, private sector responsibility, the work required, industry standards, the importance of Privacy by Design, and much more. The live conversation will take place on twitter on Thursday, April 4th at 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT. Please participate using #PrivQA. And if you have questions, comments or feedback for the Commissioner you can send those before or during the event using #PrivQA. Questions before the event can be sent to @OracleIDM using #PrivQA.

The newsletter also showcases Virgin Media’s implementation of Identity Management to enable secure wi-fi services in the London Underground. The project started just before the London Olympics 2012, realized a tremendous success and has evolved in scope since. Do read the interesting feature and register for an upcoming webcast with Virgin Media this Thursday, March 28 at 10 am PDT. Since Virgin Media, Oracle and implementation experts from aurionPro SENA will all be at hand to answer questions, be sure to stay on for the live Q&A bit towards the end.

And, as always, the newsletter captures both recent and upcoming Security and Identity Management events, conferences, training, industry reports, news and more. So, if you haven’t done so, we recommend you subscribe to the Security Inside Out Newsletter today.

We’d love to hear from you. Let us know some topics you’d like to see covered in the upcoming editions. Or just let us know how we are doing. We look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

Virgin Media Takes Identity Management Underground

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Oracle Identity Management Gave Virgin Media the Security and Control to Provide Free Wi-Fi to Millions

The 2012 Olympics brought millions of athletes, support crews, vendors, and spectators into London. The task of providing free, secure Wi-Fi services to the London Underground went to Virgin Media.

In retrospect, they registered more than 10,000 new users daily. And supported up to 800,000 sessions every day—which peaked at 24,163 simultaneous users. And millions of tweets, Facebook posts, and more.

Join This Important Security Webcast

You’ll hear how Virgin Media, the UK’s first combined provider of broadband, TV, mobile, and home phone services, used Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Virtual Directory, and Oracle Entitlements Server to leverage back-end legacy systems that were never designed to be externalized.

You’ll learn how they:

  • Transformed the London Underground deployment into a platform for authorizing other services
  • Reused Oracle Entitlements Server and Oracle Virtual Directory for authorizing customers to view video-on-demand content on their Virgin Media set top boxes
  • Expanded to deliver true place-shifting—allowing subscribers to watch pay-per-view assets from any device, anywhere

As you continue to embrace mobile and social, Oracle Identity Management will become even more important, enabling interaction and securing the experience. Join us and find out how.

Register now for this Webcast, “Virgin Media Takes Identity Management Underground.”

Join us for this Webcast, Virgin Media Takes Identity Management Underground.
Thurs., March 28, 2013
10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
Presented by:
Ben Bulpett
Ben Bulpett
Alliances and Enterprise Accounts, aurionPro Sena
Perry Banton
Perry Banton
IT Architect, Virgin Media
Naresh Persaud
Naresh Persaud
Director, Product Marketing, Oracle
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Friday Jan 25, 2013

Globe Trotters Edition: Virgin Media brings WiFi to London Tube for Olympics 2012

Contributed by: Ben Bulpett, aurionPro SENA

Virgin Media is the UK’s first combined provider of broadband, TV, mobile and home phone services. In preparation for the 2012 London Olympics, Virgin Media worked with their partner, aurionPro SENA, to enable free secure WiFi services to London Underground using Oracle Identity Management solutions. Yes, the secure WiFi on London Tube today is enabled using identity management! And, as an Olympic 2012 legacy, the Oracle architecture will form a platform to be consumed by other Virgin Media services. Check out this video:

This post and an upcoming webcast will examine how Identity Management specifically Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD) and Oracle Entitlements Server (OES) have enabled Virgin Media to offer services leveraging back end legacy systems that were never designed to be externalized.

Challenges abound for this massive undertaking. The initial scope of the project targeted 72 London Underground stations within Zone 1. With 2 or more platforms per station and potentially hundreds of people in the station, the service had to be able to support 115,000 sessions every 2 minutes. And of course, customer experience was key. That meant high availability even at peak times while offering a seamless experience to the users.

The current systems, databases and directories that hold their customer data resides in a plethora of legacy architectures, none of which were designed to be externalized. Working with aurionPro SENA, Virgin Media was able to provide an abstract layer using Oracle Virtual Directory to build a carrier class directory which provided views of the customer data, which integrated with Oracle Entitlements server provides the rules based entitlements service determining if a customer is eligible for the free customer wifi service.

Virgin Media were successful in securing the service to provide a free WIFI service to the London Underground, which had to be implemented before the 2012 London Olympics (Metro WIFI). According to Virgin Media, WiFi on London Underground has been an incredible success with over 700,000 people already online and a remarkable million sessions every day.

However, they wanted to extend the use of the service after the games as an additional value add service to all its customers, as well as a platform to wholesale to other providers.

As there was no existing Virgin Media service that provided the same sort of end-to-end functionality as Metro WiFi, rather than build the whole service from scratch Virgin Media wanted to try and reuse some components that already exist within their environment. Because they intended to make this new service available to existing Virgin Media Broadband and certain Virgin Media Mobile customers these existing components are chiefly around the backend user authentication and authorization piece; RADIUS, Central LDAP and the Virgin Mobile user systems.

However, the links between these systems to enable Virgin Media WiFi Service did not yet exist, so in essence the solution consists of taking these pre-existing components and adding new links between them to provide an integrated solution with as few newer parts as possible.

The solution is based upon three Oracle Software components, sitting on an Oracle Hardware platform:

OES has been integrated into OVD, to provide an authorization context to standard LDAP lookups. This is to allow Steel Belted Radius to authenticate and authorize users in disparate user repositories to a public WiFi service by using the standard LDAP interface, whilst leveraging centrally managed authorization policies provided by OES.

The solution works by OVD adding a number of virtual attributes to the LDAP requests containing the results of authorization calls made to OES. Steel Belted Radius then takes these virtual attributes and enforces the authorization by allowing or denying connections to the WiFi Service.

The London Underground WiFi service will be enabled for all of Virgin Media’s broadband and contract mobile user base (Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile).

If you would like to know more about the solution then look out for the forth coming webinar from Virgin Media, where Perry Banton one of Virgin Media’s architects will discuss the solution with their partner aurionPro SENA is greater detail.

Virgin Media Takes Identity Management Underground
Thursday, March 28, 2013
10 a.m. PDT/ 1 p.m. EDT

About the Writer:

Ben Bulpett is Alliance and Enterprise Accounts Director at aurionPro SENA in the UK.  He is responsible for the relationship between aurionPro SENA and Oracle UK as well as managing a number of key strategic accounts.

Ben has been with aurionPro SENA for over 3 years and was instrumental in developing the relationship with Oracle and leading aurionPro SENA to become Oracle UK and EMEA Partner of the Year.  He also led the team that delivered the Oracle components for the Metro WIFI solution at Virgin Media. Ben has over 25 years’ experience and knowledge of the Computer industry.  Before joining aurionPro SENA, he held various sales and management roles including Director Security Sales at CA, UK Sales Director with Novell and was responsible for key enterprise customers and partners with Mindjet UK Limited.  He is married with 6 children

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