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First OAuth 2.0 and SAML identity federation platform to be shown by Gluu

Mike S. January 11, 2013

In a bi-monthly cloud identity webinar for educational institutions and university IT executives, Gluu will demo for the first time its consolidated interface for SAML 2.0 and OAuth 2.0 that leverages open source software from the Shibboleth and OX projects.

Austin, TX., January 11, 2013 – Gluu will demo today for the first time its consolidated SAML and OAuth2 federation interface. The bi-monthly Gluu EDU webinar demonstrates how universities are using SAML to integrate cloud applications, and to connect to the websites available using the InCommon federation. The combined SAML 2.0/ OAuth2 interface now enables institutions to prepare for the arrival of OpenID Connect and UMA, two important new profiles of OAuth2 that better support cloud, mobile and social applications.

“We’ve been working hard to consolidate our SAML and OpenID Connect interfaces, and are excited to offer a comprehensive user interface that supports current and next-gen identity federation standards for organizational trust management,” said Gluu CEO Mike Schwartz. “In particular, there is quite a bit of overlap between SAML and OpenID Connect, especially the need to share strong authentication and map identity information from existing sources, like an organization’s LDAP or Active Directory.”

The goal of the recurring Gluu EDU webinar, hosted every other Friday at 2:00pm EST, is to educate university IT staff on the benefits of using Gluu’s cloud identity service to remove much of the complexity associated with launching and managing an organizational SAML IdP using Shibboleth software.

In addition to the OpenID Connect profile of OAuth2, Gluu also implements the User Managed Access, or UMA standard. The targeted use case is to enable organizations to restrict access to certain enterprise API’s, while leveraging OpenID Connect to define identity authentication, discovery and attribute release policies. According to Maciej Machulak, Vice-Chair of the User-Managed Access Work Group, “Gluu’s early implementation of UMA shows how the use of OAuth2 is gaining adoption and solving important new uses cases for authorization and access control for APIs.”

Other standards supported by Gluu include SCIM and RADIUS. Additionally, the Gluu interface supports customizable two-factor authentication that allows an organization to leverage strong authentication in their federation service.

Free trials of the OX platform are available by request and typically take anywhere from 1-3 weeks to be completed. For more information, please visit gluu.org/free-trial.

About Gluu:
Gluu (gluu.org) is an Austin, TX startup that provides open source and on demand cloud identity and trust management. Gluu leverages standards such as OpenID Connect, SAML 2.0, and SCIM to make achieving single sign-on (SSO) secure and fast. Deployed quickly on public and private cloud servers, Gluu’s cloud identity platform helps organizations address the installation and operational issues of an organizational identity provider at a predictable annual cost.

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Mike Schwartz

Mike has been an entrepreneur and identity specialist for more than two decades. He is the technical and business visionary behind Gluu. Mike is an application security expert and has been a featured speaker at RSA Conference, Gartner Catalyst, Cloud Identity Summity (now "Identiverse") and many other security conferences around the world.

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