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Ready to roll at the Cloud Identity Summit 2013, Napa #CISNapa

It’s already day 2 of the Cloud Identity Summit 2013. Day 1 focused on workshops and so will day 2 along with bootcamps and interops including workshops on Microsoft Identity & the Cloud. Standards will be hailed like never before: OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect, and SCIM will be represented in a standards-focused workshop while SAML, the star of the conference, will be highlighted in a hands-on demo of PingFederate by John Da Silva.In the afternoon, I will have the privilege of completing the standards quintet as I take on my developer hat to talk about XACML, and the latest efforts around REST and JSON APIs / encoding for XACML 3.0. I will be uploading my slides later for those of […]

When OpenID meets XACML: externalize authentication and authorization from your business apps

Background About a year ago, a few months into my new job at Axiomatics, I pulled together a web-based app using J2EE (JSF, servlets, POJOs) and Icefaces (AJAXfied JSF) to illustrate fine-grained access control for web applications and portals. To secure the application, I used Tomcat’s authentication mechanism (its implementation of the HTTP FORM-based authentication protocol) and Axiomatics‘s off-the-shelf Authorization filter for servlets. What I then got – at zero development effort – was a sturdy, secure, finely-grained controlled web app where users could access certain pages and/or parts of pages based on the set of attributes a given user had potentially combined with attributes of the targeted resource (the page, the portlet, the individual GUI element of the page…), […]