Sun, RSA Get Cozy Over Network Identity

By Thor Olavsrud (Send Email)
Posted May 16, 2002


Sun Microsystems Tuesday forged an alliance with Bedford, Mass.-based RSA Security in an effort to strengthen its Sun ONE Platform for Network Identity. The two firms forge an alliance to strengthen the security of Sun's network identity platform.

Sun has been making an aggressive play for the network identity market, which is expected to be a lucrative playing field as firms begin tying their operations -- and those of their partners, suppliers and customers -- together with Web services. Sun's vision for network identity is a combination of hardware and software that allows organizations to rapidly establish an open, end-to-end network identity infrastructure.

The alliance with RSA -- a joint sales, engineering and marketing agreement -- is intended to make Sun's ONE Directory Server and ONE Portal Server interoperable with RSA's ClearTrust Web access management and Keon digital certificate management software.

"Today's Internet-based business environment requires the ability to protect information assets and secure relationships with customers, partners, suppliers and employees," said Shahram Moradpour, senior director of Market Development at Sun. "Working with companies like RSA Security, we can deliver a comprehensive network identity infrastructure to help enterprises increase security and user convenience through integrated authentication and access management solutions."

The companies said ClearTrust is now interoperable with both the Sun ONE Directory Server and Sun ONE Portal Server, and they are porting it to the Sun ONE Application Server. KEON already supports the Sun ONE Directory Server, Sun ONE Web Server and Sun ONE Portal Server.

ClearTrust is intended to allow users to centrally manage and enforce Web access privileges. Sun said that by integrating it with key enterprise applications, ClearTrust translates business rules and security policies into online authorization policies, allowing users to dynamically protect information assets.

Specifically, the integration of ClearTrust and ONE Directory and Portal Servers is intended to allow customers to:

  • Utilize existing user data from across the enterprise, without replication, or retraction
  • Centralize access management with existing e-business infrastructure
  • Allow both internal departments and external customers and affiliates to manage their own access with delegated administration

Keon allows organizations to define and self-administer their own security procedures, trust relationships, certificate formats and rules for certificate life cycles.

The integration of RSA Keon Certificate Authority and RSA Keon Web PassPort with ONE Directory Server enables automated and centralized credential management.

The Sun ONE Platform for Network Identity is expected to support federated network identity once the Liberty Alliance makes its specifications available.

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