|By Business Wire||
|September 18, 2013 10:02 AM EDT||
The cloud, mobile computing, and APIs are empowering enterprises to extend their processes to customers, partners, and other groups within the organization. However, with this greater reach come greater challenges to protect data and ensure users’ privacy across multiple domains and devices. WSO2 addresses these challenges with the launch of WSO2 Identity Server 4.5 for authentication and identity management across cloud, mobile and Web applications.
The latest release of the award-winning WSO2 Identity Server adds powerful new capabilities for user provisioning and management, including:
- Support for OpenID Connect to authenticate users of mobile and Web applications.
- Stronger tenant control in multitenant cloud deployments through the ability of each tenant to have multiple trusted identity providers and multiple user stores, which are isolated from the rest.
- Enhanced System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM) with the addition of OAuth 2.0 authentication.
- Expanded Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 functionality to support seamless integration with Salesforce and Google Apps.
- Addition of SAML 2.0 grant type for OAuth 2.0 to leverage SAML 2.0 with REST/API security.
“Collectively, the cloud, mobile, APIs, social media, and open source are enabling enterprises to create new connections across employees, customers and partners. Along with new business models, this is also bringing the need for more comprehensive identity management across the diverse participants in these connected enterprises,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 founder and CEO. “WSO2 Identity Server 4.5 delivers on this demand by combining robust, centralized management with flexible models for provisioning in traditional, cloud and mobile deployments and by facilitating authentication and authorization no matter where or how users choose to access applications and services.”
Robust Identity Management On-premises and in the Cloud
Version 4.5 builds on the proven performance of WSO2 Identity Server, the enterprise-ready, 100% open source, lean, component-based software, which has been in production in Global 1000 enterprises since 2009.
WSO2 Identity Server enables enterprise architects and developers to improve the user’s experience by reducing identity provisioning time, guaranteeing secure online interactions, and delivering a reduced single sign-on (SSO) environment. It also decreases the burden of identity management and entitlement management by including role-based access control, attribute-based access control, fine-grain policy-based access control, and SSO bridging. Featuring full native multi-tenancy, WSO2 Identity Server can run on servers, in a private cloud, public cloud or hybrid cloud environment—all from the same software.
In December 2012, WSO2 Identity Server 4.0 added SCIM support for identity provisioning to facilitate user management operations across software as a service (SaaS) applications. It also incorporated federated identity provider (IdP) functionality, allowing different organizations to make shared services available—for example different universities sharing certain resources with each other’s faculty or students—while enabling single sign-on simplicity for end users. Such federated IdP is particularly important for facilitating authentication across extremely large deployments associated with the cloud.
WSO2 Identity Server is complemented by the WSO2 Cloud Gateway 1.0, first launched in 2010, which provides a secure connection between applications behind the firewall and public platform as a service (PaaS) or SaaS offerings.
New Features in WSO2 Identity Server 4.5
WSO2 Identity Server 4.5 adds significant enhancements to facilitate identity management across multiple devices, domains and applications—on-premises and in the cloud.
New OpenID Connect Support – Version 4.5 adds support for OpenID Connect, a standard for mobile and Web application authentication. An identity framework built on the OAuth 2.0 protocol, OpenID Connect utilizes and extends OAuth 2.0 messages and code flows. With WSO2 Identity Server, enterprises now can use and implement the OpenID Connect Basic Client Profile.
New Multiple Trusted Identity Providers Functionality – WSO2 Identity Server 4.5 allows identity providers to be configured by tenant administrators in a multitenant environment. This is particularly relevant in the development and deployment of an SSO-enabled, software as a service application in which the SaaS application is deployed on the super tenant but accessed by all tenants. Each tenant can have its own set of trusted identity providers, and users of the tenant do not have to physically exist on the same server as the SaaS application. This reduces the management requirements of the super tenant while providing tenants more control and flexibility over their user authentication.
Expanded SCIM Capabilities – The newest release of WSO2 Identity Server enhances support for the System for Cross-domain Identity Management specification by adding OAuth 2.0-based authentication for SCIM. WSO2 Identity Server acts as both a SCIM service provider (both hub and spoke types) and a SCIM service consumer. Now IT organizations can leverage OAuth 2.0 in order to authenticate the SCIM REST endpoints of WSO2 Identity Server.
Expanded Security Assertion Markup Language 2.0 Support – Many existing enterprises that have implemented a service-oriented architecture (SOA) rely on SAML 2.0, but increasingly they need to consume OAuth-protected resources through APIs. WSO2 Identity Server, as an OAuth 2.0 authorization server, now can accept SAML 2.0 assertions from OAuth 2.0 clients and in exchange return back OAuth 2.0 access tokens to access protected resources on behalf of the resource owner. This provides a simple solution for leveraging SAML with REST/API security.
Additional Enhancements – WSO2 Identity Server 4.5 includes several other new features to provide greater ease of use and facilitate user provisioning and management. With this latest release:
- IT organizations can customize login pages for SAML 2.0, OAuth, OpenID Connect, Passive Security Token Service (STS), and OpenID outside of WSO2 Identity Server.
- Administrators can configure user account lock/unlock based on failed login attempts.
- Enterprises have improved support for implementing name/password violation policies.
- Organizations and their users can recover accounts using email addresses or secret questions.
- Single sign-on across Google Apps, Salesforce and internal applications is seamlessly integrated with WSO2 Identity Server.
- Administrators can define a selective set of grant types for OAuth 2.0 applications based on the trust and their capabilities.
- WSO2 Identity Server adds an improved eXtensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) editor and SAML 2.0 Web secure single sign-on (SSO) HTTP POST binding for authentication requests.
WSO2 Identity Server Builds on WSO2 Carbon Platform
WSO2 Identity Server is built on the same modular, fully componentized OSGi-compliant code base as the award-winning WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware platform. Like all WSO2 middleware products, it is inherently cloud-enabled and uses proven core framework components that provide a consistent set of enterprise-class management, security, clustering, logging, statistics, tracing, and other capabilities. Additionally, it offers a graphical management console, which is integrated with other WSO2 middleware products, for configuration, management and monitoring. The componentized architecture gives enterprises unprecedented flexibility to customize WSO2 Identity Server by adding WSO2 Carbon middleware products or the 175-plus components on which they are based.
Availability and Support
WSO2 Identity Server 4.5 is available today as a software download that can run directly on servers or on top of WSO2 Stratos PaaS software; as a WSO2 Cloud Virtual Machine running on the Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2), Linux Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM), and VMware ESX; and as a hosted service on the WSO2 StratosLive PaaS. As a fully open source solution released under the Apache License 2.0, it does not carry any licensing fees.
WSO2 Identity Server is backed by a world-class technical team in which the experts that helped create the software provide support, leading to direct and immediate access to the people with in-depth knowledge of the middleware. WSO2 service and support options include evaluation support, a special QuickStartSM consulting program, development support, and production support.
WSO2 is the lean enterprise middleware company. It delivers the only complete open source enterprise SOA middleware stack purpose-built as an integrated platform to support today’s heterogeneous enterprise environments—internally and in the cloud. WSO2’s service and support team is led by technical experts who have proven success in deploying enterprise SOAs and contribute to the technology standards that enable them. For more information, visit http://wso2.com, or check out the WSO2 community on the WSO2 Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and FriendFeed.
Trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device. For more information, please visit https://www.mangoapps.com/.
May. 29, 2016 10:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,040
SYS-CON Events announced today that EastBanc Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. EastBanc Technologies has been working at the frontier of technology since 1999. Today, the firm provides full-lifecycle software development delivering flexible technology solutions that seamlessly integrate with existing systems – whether on premise or cloud. EastBanc Technologies partners with p...
May. 29, 2016 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,397
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Adobe, will discuss how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects). Bruce Swann has more than 15 years of experience working with digital marketing disciplines like web analytics, social med...
May. 29, 2016 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,457
SYS-CON Events announced today that ContentMX, the marketing technology and services company with a singular mission to increase engagement and drive more conversations for enterprise, channel and SMB technology marketers, has been named “Sponsor & Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. “CloudExpo is a great opportunity to start a conversation with new prospects, but what happens after the...
May. 29, 2016 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,323
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, will discuss the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to fo...
May. 29, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,597
SYS-CON Events announced today Object Management Group® has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
May. 29, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,667
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discuss how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. We'll cite examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He'll also highlight how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable...
May. 29, 2016 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,984
The IoTs will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and share the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development proc...
May. 29, 2016 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,990
Customer experience has become a competitive differentiator for companies, and it’s imperative that brands seamlessly connect the customer journey across all platforms. With the continued explosion of IoT, join us for a look at how to build a winning digital foundation in the connected era – today and in the future. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Nguyen, Group Product Marketing Manager at Adobe, will discuss how to successfully leverage mobile, rapidly deploy content, capture real-time d...
May. 29, 2016 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,695
What a difference a year makes. Organizations aren’t just talking about IoT possibilities, it is now baked into their core business strategy. With IoT, billions of devices generating data from different companies on different networks around the globe need to interact. From efficiency to better customer insights to completely new business models, IoT will turn traditional business models upside down. In the new customer-centric age, the key to success is delivering critical services and apps wit...
May. 29, 2016 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,302
Join us at Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo 2016 – June 7-9 at the Javits Center in New York City and November 1-3 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – and deliver your unique message in a way that is striking and unforgettable by taking advantage of SYS-CON's unmatched high-impact, result-driven event / media packages.
May. 29, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,556
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, will provide an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life ...
May. 29, 2016 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,043
SYS-CON Events announced today that BMC Software has been named "Siver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. BMC is a global leader in innovative software solutions that help businesses transform into digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive advantage. BMC Digital Enterprise Management is a set of innovative IT solutions designed to make digital business fast, seamless, and optimized from mainframe to mo...
May. 29, 2016 09:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,322
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex software systems for startups and enterprises. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobile software company with over 200 develope...
May. 29, 2016 08:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,774
SoftLayer operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. With a global footprint of data centers and network points of presence, SoftLayer provides infrastructure as a service to leading-edge customers ranging from Web startups to global enterprises. SoftLayer's modular architecture, full-featured API, and sophisticated automation provide unparalleled performance and control. Its flexible unified platform seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices linked via a world...
May. 29, 2016 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,323
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
May. 29, 2016 06:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,970
Companies can harness IoT and predictive analytics to sustain business continuity; predict and manage site performance during emergencies; minimize expensive reactive maintenance; and forecast equipment and maintenance budgets and expenditures. Providing cost-effective, uninterrupted service is challenging, particularly for organizations with geographically dispersed operations.
May. 29, 2016 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,186
As cloud and storage projections continue to rise, the number of organizations moving to the cloud is escalating and it is clear cloud storage is here to stay. However, is it secure? Data is the lifeblood for government entities, countries, cloud service providers and enterprises alike and losing or exposing that data can have disastrous results. There are new concepts for data storage on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive data around the world. ...
May. 29, 2016 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,377
SYS-CON Events announced today TechTarget has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechTarget is the Web’s leading destination for serious technology buyers researching and making enterprise technology decisions. Its extensive global networ...
May. 29, 2016 05:15 AM EDT Reads: 3,281
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
May. 29, 2016 04:30 AM EDT Reads: 3,271