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Symlabs: Interoperability for Liberty Alliance Federated Identity

Symlabs Certifies Interoperability for Liberty Web Services

Federated Identity Access Manager Achieves High Marks in Liberty Alliance Testing

Chicago, IL, USA. January 16, 2006.

Symlabs, a global leader in identity management and directory infrastructure solutions, has demonstrated the highest level of interoperability for Federated Identity products during testing conducted by the Liberty Alliance in December. Symlabs Federated Identity Access Manager v3.1 successfully passed a complex suite of tests to verify that it is fully interoperable in a multi-vendor Liberty Web Services environment. This testing certified all available roles for Liberty ID-WSF 2.0, plus Liberty People Service and SAML 2.0 conformance.

"Interoperability is key to the successful wide-scale deployment of secure and privacy-respecting digital identity management solutions," said Brett McDowell, executive director of the Liberty Alliance. "By demonstrating that their products truly interoperate, Symlabs and all of the organizations passing Liberty Alliance interoperability testing are building the foundation of a more trusted Internet for businesses, governments and users worldwide."

Symlabs Federated Identity Access Manager (FIAM) v3.1 is a complete Federated Identity solution conformant with SAML 2.0 and Liberty ID-WSF 2.0. Symlabs FIAM is a very rich implementation that incorporates simultaneous support for the newly certified profiles plus previously certified ID-WSF 1.1 and ID-FF 1.2, as well as SAML 1.1 and WS-Federation / WS-Trust profiles. Simultaneous support for multiple protocols and versions ensures ease of migration and integration for any environment, and adherence to standards allows full participation by components from multiple vendors, while FIAM's broad coverage of service specifications enables a single vendor solution for streamlined support. The result is a state-of-the-art identity management environment that delivers a seamless online experience to customers without compromising a company's control of identity or privacy requirements, and provides the widest range of implementation options. To further support ease of implementation, FIAM is structured as a family of products tailored to applications such as Telco or Medical, and deployments such as Identity Provider, Policy Decision Point, or People Service.

The testing specifically certified Symlabs' solution with Liberty People Service, the industry's first open web services framework to offer a secure, trusted, privacy-respecting federated social network for consumer and enterprise applications. Symlabs Federated Identity Access Manager (FIAM) v3.1 People Service (PS) Server is a full, ready to deploy, Liberty People Service Web Services Provider that enables secure, cross-principal, online interactions between users and their friends, with full respect for privacy. Users can create and manage lists of people to interact with, giving each different access to their resources. Symlabs FIAM PS also supports groups to ease management of multiple permissions, and includes a web-based, SSO-enabled GUI for local administration. Symlabs is proud to be the first to make a production grade Liberty People Service Server available to the market.

This will benefit familiar consumer applications such as photo or calendar sharing, blogging, and the numerous social networking activities in which a user needs the simplicity of consolidated security and control over personal information, but also the ability to offer convenient access to members of various affiliated groups. Commercial uses for Symlabs FIAM PS abound in a variety of act-in-a-role applications that feature uniquely identified individuals performing job functions with the authority of a digital corporate, government, or professional identity. Examples include enterprise accountants or government auditors who need levels of authority that vary by project, legal or financial professionals who operate under power-of-attorney for a variety of clients, or doctors and nurses who need access to restricted patient records during a medical emergency.

According to Sampo Kellomaki, Chief Identity Architect at Symlabs, "As a result of events such as this plus our rigorous private testing leading up to it, Liberty ID-WSF 2.0 is a mature standard with a proven history. It is available and fully usable today as the solid infrastructure on which to build ID Web Services through Symlabs Federated Identity Access Manager."

Symlabs is a leading provider of high performance LDAP and Identity Management solutions. Directory Extender — the fastest virtual directory server in the industry, and Federated Identity Access Manager — a suite of Liberty-compliant federation components, integrate seamlessly into existing identity management infrastructures. Wireless carriers, Telcos, financial services providers, and large enterprises that require speed, flexibility, and reliability will find Symlabs products to be a perfect fit.

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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also: (1) "Liberty Alliance Specifications for Federated Network Identification and Authorization"; (2) "Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)."

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