A new way to Connect

February 17, 2015

TrustBuilder Identity Hub 8.0 introduces a new way of controlling access to information, whether you are connecting internally, remotely from a virtual office, at a business partners’ location or needing to access applications & data in the cloud. Well known services such as Salesforce.com, Google Apps and Office 365 need to have access controlled, but new applications are popping-up almost daily. Organizations can now also rely on Identity services from third party Identity Providers or provide such services to customers, suppliers or business partners and hook seamlessly into cloud based Identity validation offerings.

Federation Services, whereby an application relies on a Service Provider (SP) to direct users to an Identity Provider (IdP) for authentication are increasingly important, both across enterprise boundaries and within organizations, as an alternative for Single Sign-On. But with this increase in the number of applications that rely on an IdP, comes an increase in what these applications expect from an IdP as it relates to authentication mechanisms, policy and strength. TrustBuilder now provides a solution to deploy an Identity Hub, which is a system that will dynamically direct the user to the IdP best matching the authentication requirements or validate the user's identity itself, avoiding unmanageable n-to-n relationships.

Classic access control methods, such as access control lists, groups or roles are no longer applicable in todays distributed world, as users don’t have roles or groups with cloud based Identity Providers and contextual information cannot be expressed using such classical access control methods. A smarter approach would be to have access control decisions based on attributes, managed in-house or obtained from a third party and linked to the user, the service provider and session context. With that in mind, SecurIT’s TrustBuilder Identity Hub introduced a groundbreaking and revolutionary approach to new trends in access control, leading the market.

Moreover, the solution still provides on-board and simultaneous use of several authentication methods to satisfy different use cases in the most efficient and cost effective way, supporting a wide variety of existing validation mechanisms, such as smartcards, certificates, hardware tokens and username/password, as well as tools to provide new methods involving cloud, mobile devices and biometrics.

"TrustBuilder has successfully served the authentication needs for over 30 million users in the past years," says Marc Vanmaele, CEO of SecurIT, "the new Identity Hub introduction is probably the largest leap forward we made with the solution, responding to todays’ needs and anticipating on upcoming requirements in a rapidly changing landscape."

The Identity Hub enabled by TrustBuilder is entirely built upon standards-based technology. This means it can be implemented in combination with any Point of Contact (e.g. Web Access Management) and Federation products already in use. In addition, TrustBuilder Identity Hub will offer its own portal (Application & API Gateway) with a truly unique Attribute Based Access Control capability, whenever preferred.

TrustBuilder Identity Hub 8.0 will be generally available on March 31st, 2015. Subsequently, minor releases will provide additional functionality in the course of the year.

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