Tuesday Sep 15, 2009

OpenSSO: Simple Integration with Microsoft AD

Our Sun identity heroine, SuperPat, recently wrote a nice blog on a new feature in OpenSSO Express 8 -- Simple Microsoft Active Directory configuration. Download Express 8 to test it out. We've removed a few steps to make using AD as an identity store reaaaaaaaaaally easy. Have fun.

Thursday Aug 20, 2009

OpenSSO Express for Improved SSO

Have you heard colleagues talking about OAuth, but don't understand how it can be used in the real world? Are you looking for lightweight solutions to federate with Java and .NET apps? Would you like to offer multi-factor authentication without having to purchase token hardware for all your employees?

Watch this FREE webinar and learn how Sun Microsystems, Inc. is innovating in these areas and many more to provide simple, pragmatic solutions in a single product. You'll learn how the latest release of OpenSSO can help you secure all your core resources with a single product regardless of whether your resources are internal, external or in the cloud.

Monday Aug 03, 2009

OpenSSO Part of Nationwide Health Information Network CONNECT Architecture

OpenSSO is now part of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) CONNECT Architecture. CONNECT implements a flexible, open-source gateway solution that enables healthcare entities – Federal agencies or private-sector health organizations or networks – to connect their existing health information systems to the NHIN.

As part of CONNECT, OpenSSO acts as the:

1) Authentication Service for citizen registration
2) Policy Enforcement Point
3) and one of two choices for a pluggable Policy Decision Point

Read about OpenSSO and the CONNECT Reference Architecture here!

Thursday Jul 16, 2009

Technology Preview: OpenSSO OAuth Token Service

Check out the preview of our new OAuth Token Service. You can now use REST and the OAuth Token Service for securing your apps. It's a nice, light-weight alternative to WS\*.

Tuesday May 26, 2009

Nailing Down the Definition of "Entitlement Management" with OpenSSO

Ian Glazer from the Burton Group wrote a nice blog on having a meaningful conversation around the definition of entitlement management. Ian was responding to a blog by Ian Yip and basically states we need more specificity around entitlements in the context of access controls. I agree with Ian's sentiment and thought I'd take some time to discuss how Sun thinks about entitlement management when it comes to access controls.

First, as Ian points out in his blog we agree that entitlement management is to vague a term and cuts across many facets of identity management including roles, provisioning, access controls and reporting. When it comes to access controls we've decided to refer to it as "entitlement enforcement" so that it's clear that we are talking about the run-time enforcement of access entitlements.

Second, when we refer to entitlement enforcement we believe that we are discussing the fine-grained access controls around resources. That is, rather than protecting "doorways" or coarse-grained access we provide authorization decisions around all the "objects" within an application or resource (often referred to as fine-grained authorization). For example, a common scenario we see is in the financial services area and the need to provide entitlement enforcement around specific fields within a banking portal. For instance, a banking portal may want to provide access controls that limit the amount of money that subjects such as individuals, roles or groups can transfer. I may have the ability to transfer $1 million dollars and Ian may have the ability to transfer $5. Note that the access controls I'm talking about are not only specific to urls, but also other resources such as fields, calendars, etc.

Third, entitlement enforcement requires policy enforcement points that are easy to deploy and scalable. Sun is approaching this in two ways. 1) OpenSSO can be deployed as a policy enforcement point or 2) we will be offering a Fedlet policy enforcement point, a lightweight method for embedding policy enforcement points within applications. The key to this effort is making it lightweight and performant at the same time. Basic jist is if you have all the capabilities to implement entitlement enforcement but it isn't repeatable and scalable in terms of deployment then it won't be practical to implement and could hinder adoption.

Four, Sun believes that all aspects of an entitlement enforcement solution imply scale. Your policy store needs to scale. The user interface needs to scale to allow people to manage lots o' policies and the entitlement enforcement solution needs to be performant to ensure it can handle lots and lots of authorization transactions.

Five, auditability and simulation of policies is important as well. Entitlement enforcement needs to fit in to the development process so that administrators and developers can work together to define applications, develop policies and test policies throughout development, QA, staging and production. Providing tools to do this and ensuring that admins can export policies from the entitlement solution so that they can develop error free scripts as they move from environment to environment is critical.

Six, identity services are key to entitlement enforcement. The fine-grained nature of entitlements means there is a much larger burden on developers to tie policy to a centralized system. There needs to be several options that developers can use to handle embedding entitlements in the application or container. This includes lightweight identity web services such as OAUTH/REST, standard protocols such as SAML/XACML and complete abstraction via agents. Depending on the customer, we believe you need to support multiple options. Whereas a Web 2.0 company may be very excited about REST a financial services company may be more focused on agents and completely abstracting authorization from the developer. As Gerry points out, there are many ways to do this whether it be using XACML, WS\*, OAUTH, etc, etc, etc.

Finally, Sun has a unique belief that entitlement enforcement should be part of your web access management solution. This is not specific to the definition of entitlement enforcement, but rather our belief around how to pragmatically implement it. Deploying separate WAM solution and entitlement enforcement solution adds unnecessary complexity to your identity infrastructure and vastly increases the TCO. It means that organizations have multiple products to maintain and upgrade. It also means that customers will likely have multiple policy stores within their organization. From our perspective, WAM solutions were built to handle entitlement enforcement and it is a natural extension of web access management that is more likely to lead to customer adoption rather then requiring someone to license and deploy a separate component in their environment.

Our entitlement solution is currently under construction at OpenSSO.org. It will be 100% XACML based and is focused on delivering everything I've described above. You can currently view it via the OpenSSO source code, but we will be providing more details shortly for you to test it out. We will also be showing the new capabilities at OpenSSO Community Day 3.0 in San Francisco this weekend. Make sure to attend so you can see it and provide feedback.

Tuesday May 12, 2009

POSSO iPhone App is Now Available for Download

Our first community iPhone app, POSSO, is now available for download. Great to see people thinking about how to leverage the iPhone App Store for Identity and Access Management innovation. Although POSSO is a pretty basic app it does make your mind start to think about other tools that could be created. If I was an IT Admin, I'd love to be able to see my monitoring data on my iPhone. Imagine being able to check on the fly the # of logins per minute, or number of concurrent users, or # of users provisioned in a day. Pretty funky stuff. Check out POSSO and enjoy.

Monday May 11, 2009

BFF . . . OpenSSO and Microsoft “GENEVA” Server Interoperate



Almost everywhere I go I get the question . . . "What's Geneva Server?" "How does Geneva interoperate with OpenSSO?" "Are Geneva Server and Geneva Framework the same?" "Should I store my policies in OpenSSO or Geneva?"

In the past, I've had to provide long winded answers that leave me out-of-breath and huffing and puffing for air. Now, I can simply point to our new whitepaper, jointly produced with Microsoft, to provide the answers -- Microsoft “Geneva” Server and Sun OpenSSO: Enabling Unprecedented Collaboration Across Hetergeneous IT Environments.

The whitepaper validates a number of common use cases between OpenSSO and Geneva. It shows how you can use OpenSSO and Geneva to protect Sharepoint apps. It shows how you can use the OpenSSO Fedlet, which just won the best innovation award at the European Identity Conference, to protect .NET apps. In short it's a good read and answers some pretty commonly asked questions. Enjoy!

Download Whitepaper Now

Wednesday May 06, 2009

European Identity Conference: Felix Gaehtgens Interviews Pat Patterson

. . . and captures a flattering image. :-)

European Identity Conference: Felix Gaehtgens Interviews Eve Maler

OpenSSO Fedlet Wins Best Innovation in IAM and GRC



This week I have been having a blast at the Kuppinger-Cole European Identity Conference in Munich. I've had lots of good conversations, participated in great sessions and talked to customers and press. To top it off, we were just awarded Best Innovation in IAM and GRC for THE FEDLET. As you all know, this is my favorite feature of OpenSSO. Super lightweight federation for Java or .NET apps by adding a teeny, tiny little package to your application. No infrastructure or graduate degree needed to install. Wocka Wocka Wocka!

Thursday Apr 30, 2009

OpenSSO on the iPhone

Rohan Pinto at Sun has been working on a very cool project, named PoSSO, that makes the OpenSSO Admin console available on the iPhone. The app allows you to perform basic help desk administration tasks like create user, change password, reset password right from your iPhone. Check it out. It's pretty unbelievable.

Wednesday Apr 22, 2009

Federated Single Sign-On to Google Apps in Under 4 Minutes

In our OpenSSO Express 7 release we added a new feature focused on allowing people to configure both OpenSSO and Google Apps in minutes for simple authentication. Below is a video of me doing so with the latest build. My goal was to do it in under 4 minutes. If you want to test it out download Express 7 and our Google Apps Starter Kit to begin.


Thursday Apr 16, 2009

OpenSSO Express Build 7 Now Available

As promised, Sun is proud to announce the release of OpenSSO Express Build 7. This is a supported release and the first of many Express Releases leading up to OpenSSO Enterprise 8.1.

As many of you already know, the moment we finish a feature we now test it and make it available via an Express Release, which occur every three months. Customers that subscribe to OpenSSO Enterprise get complete access to these builds with support and indemnification.

Below is a list of some of the major enhancements / features.

1. FEDERATION WITH GOOGLE APPS PREMIER
Google Apps Premier Customers can now download Sun OpenSSO to deploy rapid federated single sign-on to organizations that use Google Apps as their collaboration and messaging service. The OpenSSO solution allows organizations leveraging Google Apps to use enterprise logins to access Google Apps, providing increased user adoption, improved security and administration benefits.

2. ADDITIONAL CONTAINER SUPPORT
\* GlassFish Prelude 3
\* IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0
\* Oracle WebLogic Server 10g Release 3 (10.3)

3. SUPPORT FOR OPENDS STANDARD EDITION
Customers can now download and deploy OpenDS Standard Edition as a user store with OpenSSO.

To read about all the new features and enhancements in OpenSSO Express 7 check out our Express 7 Release Notes.

Download OpenSSO Express 7 now.

Monday Mar 16, 2009

Sun Everyday Provisioning Webinar -- March 18th, 2009


Skip American Idol on March 18 because there is something much more entertaining you can watch! You guessed it! Sun's Craig McDonald is going to sing, dance and talk about the Sun Identity Manager roadmap and why it is "da bomb" when it comes to identity provisioning. Don't miss out.

REGISTER NOW!
March 18th, 2009
10:00 PT/1:00 ET

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