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Oblix NetPoint FEDERATEDid Layer Supports SAML

Oblix Announces Availability of the NetPoint FEDERATEDid Layer for Enhanced Identity Management Within the Enterprise

Oblix Delivers Industry's Most Comprehensive Set of Federated Identification Services Including Full Support of Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)

Cupertino, CA, USA. June 4, 2002.

Oblix, the leading developer of identity-based security solutions, today announced the immediate availability of the NetPoint FEDERATEDid Layer -- an integration layer within Oblix NetPoint that allows an enterprise to identify users from multiple authentication sources while maintaining tight control over access to Web-based applications and resources. The NetPoint FEDERATEDid layer enables enterprise customers to accept user identifications from a third-party such as Microsoft .NET Passport and rely on Oblix NetPoint to seamlessly provide authorization and identity management actions. The NetPoint FEDERATEDid Layer enhances an enterprise's identity management capabilities and increases the user experience, as users authenticated by a third-party will not have to log-in again when accessing protected applications.

"For e-business leaders who must seamlessly and securely interoperate with many business partners, the NetPoint FEDERATEDid Layer delivers the industry's most comprehensive set of federated identity services today," said Nand Mulchandani, chief technical officer and co-founder, Oblix, Inc. "As new standards like SAML emerge in the market, Oblix is dedicated to supporting them, but we have the ability to deliver federation to enterprise customers today."

As more business is conducted via the Internet among multiple business partners (suppliers, customers, distributors, employees, contractors) the need increases to identify users from multiple disparate sources. The NetPoint FEDERATEDid Layer gives enterprises the freedom to accept identifications, or authentications, from a plethora of trusted sources, thus enabling them to more broadly apply the Internet to their business operations and securely interact with more business partners. Additionally, the NetPoint FEDERATEDid Layer can be used in the enterprise without requiring a fundamental change to a company's core infrastructure by leveraging its customers' investments in existing authentication methods.

Oblix reiterates its support for SAML and other emerging industry standards and will be one of the first vendors to deliver a 100% SAML-compliant product. The company is an active member of the OASIS Security Services Technical Committee (SSTC) working on the ratification of SAML 1.0, and the company plans to participate in a SAML interoperability demonstration at Burton Catalyst in July. Ratification of the SAML 1.0 specification is expected by the end of this month. The NetPoint FEDERATEDid Layer can be used in cooperation with SAML and does not mandate customers use SAML. Instead, the NetPoint FEDERATEDid Layer gives customers the choice in deciding how they will implement SAML or use other options for interoperable authentication such as the Liberty Alliance or .NET Passport.

"As companies expand the reach and range of their e-business initiatives to cross corporate boundaries, managing identity becomes a strategic business issue," said Jamie Lewis, CEO and research chair, Burton Group. "By enabling cross-company single sign-on now, as well as supporting public identity systems like Passport and standards like SAML as they emerge, Oblix is addressing this issue in an integrated fashion."

About Oblix NetPoint

Oblix NetPoint's Web access management and enterprise identity management infrastructure, powered through its patented COREidvels and roles within the organization. Oblix NetPoint fully leverages an organization's existing infrastructure investments by offering the market's broadest XML integration options.

About Oblix, Inc.

Oblix Inc. is a leading developer of identity-based security solutions for e-business networks. The company's flagship product, Oblix NetPoint, is a Web access management solution that provides an identity infrastructure for an entire e-business environment. Based on a Web services architecture, Oblix NetPoint includes rich identity management functionality and provides access control with single sign-on to enterprise applications. This combination significantly lowers IT costs for organizations conducting business on the Web. Global corporations such as AT&T Wireless, APL, Banorte, Blockbuster, British Airways, Cemex, Country Companies, Farmers Group, Hitachi, i2 Technologies, Intuit, Medtronic, Norsk Hydro, Old Mutual, Stanford University, Telefonica, Tellabs, Wachovia, Xerox and many more rely on Oblix solutions. Oblix investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Apax Partners, Van Wagoner Capital Management, Cisco Systems, Intel 64 Fund, Focus Ventures, Credit Suisse First Boston, JP Morgan, Sumitomo Corporation and Novell, Inc. With offices in North America and Europe, Oblix is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., and can be reached at (408) 861-6800.


Oblix, Inc.
Ann Nash
Oblix, Inc.
Tel: 408.861.6834

Lynne Krilich
OutCast Communications
Tel: 415.392.8282

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

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