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User-Centric Identity Management and the Enterprise: Why Empowering Users is Good Business

Published: 20 December 2005

ID: G00203146

Analyst(s): Mike Neuenschwander

Summary

The emergence of user-centric models for identity management (IdM) is potentially the greatest advancement in the IdM industry since the appearance of Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). Proponents of the idea aim to simplify an array of identity-related scenarios, from federation to privacy, by recasting the premise of domain centrism engrained in today's IdM systems. In this report, Research Director Mike Neuenschwander surveys the work to date on this emerging technology and advises enterprise architects about how to prepare for user-centric products and standards.

Table Of Contents

Synopsis

Analysis

  • The Illusion of Control
  • Centering the Debate
  • User Centrism and Federation
  • Natural Selection: Survival of the Fittest Protocol
  • Social Impact of User-Centric Identity
  • Drivers for User-Centric IdM
  • User Centricity 2.0
  • Pending Technologies
  • Recommendations

The Details

  • The Identity Metasystem
  • Vendors Bringing User-Centric Products to Market
    • Microsoft
    • InfoCard Architecture
    • Sxip
    • Credentica
  • User-Centric Identity Technologies and Protocols
    • Lightweight Identity (LID)
    • OpenID
    • Passel
    • Simple Extensible Identity Protocol (SXIP)
    • Extensible Resource Identifier (XRI)
    • Identity Commons i-names

Conclusion

Notes

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