Paper discusses the key fundamentals and benefits of adopting an identity broker to securely and effectively manage the identities of IoT devices
Mountain View, CA – June 16, 2016 – With the rapid rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the concept of identity management has extended to the Identity of Things (IDoT). Through IDoT, organizations can assign unique identifiers with associated metadata to devices, enabling them to connect and communicate effectively with other entities over the Internet. To help IT professionals secure their IoT implementations, WSO2 has published a new white paper that examines the benefits, risks and challenges of implementing an IDoT solution based on the concept of “connected identity”.
Benefits, Risks and Challenges of Connected Identity
The white paper, “Connected Identity: Benefits, Risks, and Challenges,” was written by WSO2 Director of Security Prabath Siriwardena. He begins by discussing the evolution of identity for the Internet of Things. He then explains the importance of breaking down the identity silos that exist in many of today’s connected businesses and how this can be achieved by adopting an identity bus or identity broker pattern.
Next, Prabath reviews the key benefits of an identity bus/identity broker pattern, most notably how this provides a frictionless approach to introducing new service and identity providers and removing existing ones. Other advantages covered are:
- Easy enforcement of new authentication protocols
- Ability to perform claim transformations, role mapping, and just-in-time provisioning
- Centralized monitoring, auditing and access control
- Easy introduction of a new federation protocol
Prabath also explores the key fundamentals that an identity broker should follow. He discusses the need to be federation protocol, transport protocol, and authentication protocol agnostic. Additionally, he looks at the requirements for providing the ability to perform claim transformations, home realm discovery, and multi-option and multi-step authentication, among others.
Prabath concludes by explaining how the combination of WSO2 Identity Server’s comprehensive security model based on OAuth 2.0 with WSO2 API Manager can be used to build an end-to-end API security ecosystem for the enterprise.
The white paper can be downloaded at http://wso2.com/whitepapers/connected-identity-benefits-risks-and-challenges.
About the Author
Prabath Siriwardena, WSO2 director of security has more than 11 years of industry experience, which currently involves providing security architecture solutions to many of WSO2’s key customers. He has spoken at several global user conferences including ApacheCon, OSCON, QCon, WSO2Con, and the European Identity Conference, among others. He has also authored four books related to Apache Maven, enterprise integration, and API security.
Prabath is an Apache Axis2 Project Management Committee (PMC) member as well as a member of OASIS Identity Metasystem Interoperability (IMI) Technical Committee (TC), OASIS eXtensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) TC, OASIS Security Services (SAML) TC, OASIS Identity in the Cloud TC and OASIS Cloud Authorization (CloudAuthZ) TC.
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