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Federated identity – a means to share trusted credentials across organizations, applications, and devices – is among the hottest topics in security today. Many believe it to be a mandatory precursor to effective identity management in a connected world. Contributing editor Nick Engels examines the key concepts, technologies, and organizations pioneering federated identity.
The lack of affordable, off-the-shelf logical security solutions has left all but the largest players underserved and at risk. But Datakey is making strong moves to change this situation with its Axis product. It could be the answer for ‘the rest of us’ to benefit from password management, single sign-on, and a migration path to full PKI.
The worldwide push for more secure passports and travel documents is shining a spotlight brightly on contactless and biometric technologies. But building the contactless chip and antenna securely into a flexible paper document poses new challenges. A leading contactless chip developer and a leader in security films for passports and credentials think they have the answer in smartFilm.
With the global transition to chip cards mandated by the leading bankcard associations via the ‘EMV’ standard, card issuers and merchant acquirers around the world are rushing toward compliance. It has become big business for card and terminal manufacturers as well as consulting organizations. Gemplus is winning contracts at a rapid pace and helping major institutions on nearly every continent to make the switch to EMV.