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Not bound to specific Web single sign-on solutions, RSA Federated Identity Manager v3.0 supports Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) v2.0 protocol and may be integrated into heterogeneous technology environments. Its browser-based GUI lets users manage multiple connections and features tools for searching, pagination, and testing federated connections. Liberty-certified SAML v2.0 solution integrates into any environment, irrespective of authorization infrastructure in place.
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RSA Security Launches RSA® Federated Identity Manager 3.0
Established, Standalone Solution for Identity Federation Delivers SAML 2.0 Support; New Features Improve Scalability, Usability and Performance
BEDFORD, Mass., March 13 - RSA Security Inc. (NASDAQ:RSAS) today announced RSA(R) Federated Identity Manager 3.0 software, extending the scalability, usability, security and performance of one of the most established platforms for identity federation. RSA Federated Identity Manager software now supports the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 protocol, which greatly expands the potential applications for federation. In addition, architectural enhancements and other new features position RSA Federated Identity Manager software as an ideal long-term solution for business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C) and government-based identity federation initiatives. Because the software is not bound to specific web single sign-on solutions, customers may integrate RSA Federated Identity Manager software into heterogeneous technology environments.
RSA Federated Identity Manager 3.0: Key Features and Benefits
By supporting SAML 2.0, which consolidates best-of-breed features from SAML, Liberty ID-FF and Shibboleth specifications, RSA Federated Identity Manager software enables customers to leverage the latest version of the industry's most mature identity federation standard. RSA Federated Identity Manager 3.0 software is certified as 'Liberty Alliance Interoperable' for SAML 2.0 by the Liberty Alliance for all Identity Provider (IdP) and Service Provider (SP) use cases, which ensures the solution is fully interoperable with identity solutions from various technology vendors. Additional features include:
* Improved management and scalability with a brand new graphical user interface (GUI): RSA Federated Identity Manager 3.0 software delivers a completely redesigned browser-based GUI, which is easier to manage and provides enhanced features (e.g., searching and pagination) vital to expanding federation initiatives. The new GUI also enables customers to easily manage multiple connections -- unlike some competitive solutions that may become onerous as the number of partner connections expands. Wizard-based configuration, advanced troubleshooting capabilities, intelligent defaults and features such as one-step partner configuration serve to make identity federation faster to deploy.
* New tools for testing federated connections: In order to ease the deployment process, RSA Federated Identity Manager software delivers a self-contained framework for prototyping and testing the solution internally, or with SAML 2.0-based partners. The framework includes comprehensive templates for IdP and SP configuration, authentication and policy -- as well as a full suite of sample web pages -- allowing customers to test initial connections in only a matter of minutes.
* Architectural improvements for increased flexibility and performance: RSA Federated Identity Manager software now provides greater integration flexibility with expanded application server support, an embedded data store for lightweight deployments, and an improved plug-in architecture that both facilitates integration and improves performance through connection pooling.
U.S. Federal Government: E-Authentication and Information Sharing Initiatives
RSA Federated Identity Manager software is specifically relevant within the U.S. federal government market due to the E-Authentication Initiative, and national initiatives focused on enabling greater information sharing within the defense, intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement communities. As an E-Authentication-approved vendor, RSA Security plays an active role in supporting federal agency efforts to meet the E-Authentication requirements. Looking ahead, RSA Federated Identity Manager software is anticipated to provide a best-of-breed solution for federal agencies as the U.S. General Services Administration moves E-Authentication towards the SAML 2.0 protocol.
In addition, RSA Federated Identity Manager 3.0 software further meets the needs of U.S. federal government agencies by leveraging Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 certified technology -- from the RSA BSAFE(R) encryption solutions family -- to digitally sign and/or encrypt SAML asserts. The FIPS 140-2 standards were developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and are required of any cryptography solution used by U.S. federal government departments and agencies.
"RSA Security is committed to delivering solutions that enable customers to securely and efficiently implement federation without having to become protocol experts themselves. RSA Federated Identity Manager 3.0 software furthers this mission by delivering a Liberty-certified SAML 2.0 solution that easily integrates into any environment, irrespective of the authorization infrastructure in place," said Toffer Winslow, vice president of product management and marketing at RSA Security. "As SAML 2.0 establishes itself as the foundation for federation technology interoperability, we're proud to continue our efforts as a champion for open, industry-wide technology standards."
RSA Federated Identity Manager 3.0 software will be available worldwide in the second quarter of 2006. More information may be found at http://rsasecurity.com/FIM/.
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