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Digital Identity

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The rise of network-based, automated services in the past decade has definitely changed the way businesses operate, but not always for the better. Offering services, conducting transactions and moving data on the Web opens new opportunities, but many CTOs and CIOs are more concerned with the risks. Like the rulers of medieval cities, they've adopted a siege mentality, building walls to keep the bad guys out. It makes for a secure perimeter, but hampers the flow of commerce.

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Overview

The rise of network-based, automated services in the past decade has definitely changed the way businesses operate, but not always for the better. Offering services, conducting transactions and moving data on the Web opens new opportunities, but many CTOs and CIOs are more concerned with the risks. Like the rulers of medieval cities, they've adopted a siege mentality, building walls to keep the bad guys out. It makes for a secure perimeter, but hampers the flow of commerce.

Fortunately, some corporations are beginning to rethink how they provide security, so that interactions with customers, employees, partners, and suppliers will be richer and more flexible. Digital Identity explains how to go about it. This book details an important concept known as "identity management architecture" (IMA): a method to provide ample protection while giving good guys access to vital information and systems. In today's service-oriented economy, digital identity is everything. IMA is a coherent, enterprise-wide set of standards, policies, certifications and management activities that enable companies like yours to manage digital identity effectively—not just as a security check, but as a way to extend services and pinpoint the needs of customers.

Author Phil Windley likens IMA to good city planning. Cities define uses and design standards to ensure that buildings and city services are consistent and workable. Within that context, individual buildings—or system architectures—function as part of the overall plan. With Windley's experience as VP of product development for Excite@Home.com and CIO of Governor Michael Leavitt's administration in Utah, he provides a rich, real-world view of the concepts, issues, and technologies behind identity management architecture.

How does digital identity increase business opportunity? Windley's favorite example is the ATM machine. With ATMs, banks can now offer around-the-clock service, serve more customers simultaneously, and do it in a variety of new locations. This fascinating book shows CIOs, other IT professionals, product managers, and programmers how security planning can support business goals and opportunities, rather than holding them at bay.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596008789
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip J. Windley is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. Dr. Windley is a nationally recognized expert in using information technology (IT) to add value to the business. Windley received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis in 1990. Prior to his graduate studies, Windley worked for 4 years as a nuclear metallurgist and a member of the technical staff at the Department of Energy's Division of Naval Reactors.

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Defining Digital Identity

Chapter 3: Trust

Chapter 4: Privacy and Identity

Chapter 5: The Digital Identity Lifecycle

Chapter 6: Integrity, Non-Repudiation, and Confidentiality

Chapter 7: Authentication

Chapter 8: Access Control

Chapter 9: Names and Directories

Chapter 10: Digital Rights Management

Chapter 11: Interoperability Standards

Chapter 12: Federating Identity

Chapter 13: An Architecture for Digital Identity

Chapter 14: Governance and Business Modeling

Chapter 15: Identity Maturity Models and Process Architectures

Chapter 16: Identity Data Architectures

Chapter 17: Interoperability Frameworks for Identity

Chapter 18: Identity Policies

Chapter 19: Identity Management Reference Architectures

Chapter 20: Building an Identity Management Architecture

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