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Ietf Explores New Working Group on Identity Management in the Cloud

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Web identity/anonymity

Jonathon Rosen

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is considering approving the Simple Cloud Identity Management (SCIM) scheme, which manages user identity in cloud-based applications and is supported by security software vendors, as a working group and an industry standard.

SCIM's proponents say the protocol will make it easier for companies to control access to data stored in cloud-based applications. "It's a modern protocol and a way to share identities between cloud providers," says UnboundID's CEO Steve Shoaff.

SCIM could provide a standard way to move identity data from premises-based to cloud applications and from one cloud application to another. Supporters also expect a wave of security products and cloud applications to support SCIM 1.0 this year.

Gartner is backing SCIM and notes that it offers an automated method for provisioning and de-provisioning employees from cloud applications. "It appears that SCIM remains on track," says Gartner's Mark Diodati.

IETF also is working on OATH, a related Web authorization protocol designed to offer a single user authentication method for accessing both networks and cloud-based applications.

From Network World 
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