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Netegrity SiteMinder 5.5 Provides SAML, Passport, and Kerberos Support

Netegrity Ships SiteMinder 5.5 with SAML, Passport, and Kerberos Support

Enables Enterprises to Extend their Security Infrastructure with Federated Identity Services

Waltham, MA, USA. September 23, 2002.

Netegrity, Inc., the leading provider of application infrastructure for access, identity and portal management, today announced that Netegrity SiteMinder 5.5 is now shipping. SiteMinder 5.5 enables federated identity and security with support for SAML, Microsoft .Net Passport, and Kerberos. Federated security enables companies to standardize the sharing of identity information across applications within the enterprise as well as to partner companies outside of the enterprise. Federated security is key to enabling businesses to more easily and cost effectively leverage their partnerships in order to provide customers with seamless and personalized access across a network of connected services.

"As companies broaden the reach of their business initiatives to new user constituencies and expand the scope of their business activities across corporate boundaries, federated identity and security becomes critical," said Bill Bartow, vice president of engineering and marketing at Netegrity. "With SiteMinder 5.5, Netegrity is supporting a broad range of authentication services that will enable an enterprise to identify users from multiple authentication sources from both inside and outside the enterprise."

Federated Security Support

The promise of federated authentication is to allow secure, distributed management of user identity within and across enterprise boundaries, and across a wide range of technologies. Netegrity's federated security model enables companies to leverage a single unified authentication, single sign-on, authorization, and auditing model to provide shared security services, regardless of whether the application is hosted locally within the organization or remotely by a partner. This enables users to log in just once, using a broad range of authentication services.

Netegrity is providing support for SAML, Passport and Kerberos in SiteMinder 5.5 to provide customers with a standards based approach to allowing authentication and identity information to be shared among multiple organizations and servers. SiteMinder 5.5 provides support for:

  • SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) SiteMinder 5.5 enables a SiteMinder identity to be mapped to a SAML based identity. SiteMinder creates a SAML assertion for a user and makes it available to a partner site. Now, companies can securely exchange information about authenticated users without having to change their existing security infrastructures, reducing costs, creating more efficiencies, and providing a better user experience.

  • Microsoft .Net Passport SiteMinder integration with Microsoft .NET Passport enables users to log-in just one time using their .NET Passport user name and password, and access all .NET Passport enabled Web sites as well as enterprise applications protected by SiteMinder and configured to trust Passport authentication. In addition, for more sensitive applications, companies can implement a policy that challenges users for additional credentials beyond their Passport identities.

  • Kerberos With support for Kerberos, users are able to log into their Microsoft desktop using Windows credentials and are then provided with single sign-on to the SiteMinder protected environment, without having to sign on again. Now, an employee can log onto their desktop in the morning and gain access to the company's SiteMinder protected portal, without having to log on multiple times.

Other New Features in SiteMinder 5.5

In addition to federated security features, SiteMinder 5.5 also introduces new features that make it easier to develop, deploy and manage complex e-business web sites, reducing IT administration costs. These features include:

  • Performance Enhancements With SiteMinder 5.5, Netegrity has extended its performance leadership with new features that further optimize LDAP, making LDAP requests even faster. As well, the improved request handling model in SiteMinder 5.5 allows the Netegrity policy server to connect with virtually unlimited number of Web-agents which is ideal for Apache Web servers.

  • Developer Customization The cookie application program interface (API) in SiteMinder 5.5 allows custom agents to be developed to enable single sign-on with SiteMinder agents. In addition, the session server API's allow customers to store application state associated with the user and make it available to all applications as a shared service.

The Netegrity Platform

Netegrity SiteMinder 5.5 is the first product delivery of The Netegrity Platform 5.5. The Netegrity Platform is the industry's first complete enterprise platform to integrate identity management, single sign-on and access control with portal presentation and integration services.


SiteMinder 5.5 is available immediately.

About Netegrity, Inc.

For companies seeking to optimize on-line business relationships, Netegrity is the access, identity and portal management company that delivers a single, secure, and personalized point of entry to the enterprise and a single point of administration for enterprise-wide Web-based services. Unlike alternative approaches, Netegrity's application infrastructure is designed to accommodate the most heterogeneous of computing environments. With its vast network of partners, Netegrity is securely managing e-business solutions for over 625 customers worldwide including Aetna, American Express, Bank One, E*TRADE, General Electric, the Internal Revenue Service, and Wells Fargo. More information can be found at


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: "Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)."

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