Multivendor identity systems can work together, demo shows

* CA, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, VeriSign and others behind push for users to control identity information

Multivendor identity systems can work together, demo shows

By John Fontana

A unique demonstration showed user-centric identity software from major vendors, start-ups, one-woman projects and open source hackers all working in concert to replace passwords with validated identity-card access to Web-based resources.

The two-hour interoperability demonstration hosted at the annual Burton Group Catalyst conference was co-sponsored by the Open Source Identity System (OSIS), which is a working group within the Identity Commons project to unite the leaders of open source efforts around digital identity.

The OSIS steering committee includes CA, Cordance, IBM, Microsoft, NetMesh, Novell, Nulli Secundus, Oracle, Parity Communications, Ping Identity, Sxip Identity and VeriSign.

The demo’s intent was to show that emerging user-centric identity systems -- which put users in control of their own identity information -- can be federated and act as a universal identity mechanism for access to Web-based resources.

This identity layer is commonly known as the “identity metasystem” a term coined by Microsoft identity architect Kim Cameron.

But while the lofty goal of user-centric identity is still in the distance, Wednesday’s demonstration showed that it is obtainable.

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Network World Senior Editor John Fontana can be reached at jfontana@nww.com
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