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What Is Federated Identity and Why Should I Care?
Rob Crittenden, Red Hat
Federated identity lets you outsource authentication to a trusted third party, eliminating the requirement to manage a set of users in each web application. There are several specifications that implement this, for different targets. SAML is generally interesting to enterprises and provides features like Single Sign-On (SSO) and Single Logout (SLO). OpenID is a specification sponsored by Facebook, Microsoft, Google and others, and is generally consumer oriented.
Federated identity servers support a number of common authentication mechanisms from username/password, Kerberos, LDAP, one-time passwords, etc.
This talk will provide an introduction to Federated Identity providers: what they are, what they are not, and how and when they can be used.
Rob Crittenden is a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat working on the Ipsilon Federated Identity server. He previously worked on the FreeIPA identity management software. Rob has a masters degree in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland, University College and a bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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