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Entrust GetAccess Named as Approved E-Authentication Solution for Government Web Portal Applications
Web access control solution meets SAML 2.0 requirements, helps provide secure access to government applications
Dec 6, 2007
DALLAS, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A trusted advisor to the top-five e-governments worldwide, Entrust, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENTU) provides countries across the globe the ability to streamline secure, authenticated access to government services via an easy-to-use Web application. Based on SAML 2.0 capabilities, Entrust GetAccess provides citizens, enterprises, internal agencies and trusted government allies with the ability to access a number of tools within a single authenticated session.
A key component of a layered security model, Entrust GetAccess is approved by the General Services Administration's official E-Authentication SAML 2.0 Interoperability testing in Washington, D.C. Entrust GetAccess meets the necessary requirements and is recognized on the Approved Technology Providers List for interoperability with government agencies and organizations.
"Entrust is always pleased to collaborate with the GSA, as well as leading vendors, to improve the usability and interoperability of government e-authentication," said Entrust Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Conner. "As we continue to collaborate and support this effort, we're delighted that Entrust GetAccess SAML 2.0 interoperability will help further the growth of government e-authentication programs that increase efficiency. These efforts help improve the products of vendors and ultimately help secure the identities and information of our citizens, governments and businesses."
The goal of the E-Authentication Initiative is to provide the necessary federated identity infrastructure to support a common, unified authentication process and streamline access to government online resources. Based on industry standards like SAML, e-authentication helps government agencies accelerate delivery of online services by leveraging a variety of electronic credential providers.
The E-Authentication Initiative testing process was developed to confirm security leaders' Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 capabilities during different actions and scenarios within a variety of environments. Organizations that pass interoperability testing are placed on the Approved Technology Providers List, which is comprised of security organizations -- and their appropriate security products -- that are approved by the E-Authentication Initiative for use by federal agencies in implementing e-authentication. The current list can be found at: http://cio.gov/eauthentication/documents/EAopensIOlab.pdf.
The Approved Technology Providers List provides agencies consistent information when weighing options between e-authentication solutions. The E-Authentication Initiative is driving key standards, including the use of SAML 2.0, which enable federal agencies to more quickly facilitate secure and interoperable authentication processes and environments.
The testing, completed on GSA hardware, featured five unique stages, including authentication, single logout, security, metadata and identity provider discovery. Each segment of the event had different scenarios or requirements the various products had to meet.
Entrust GetAccess received high praise during the U.S. government's E-Authentication Interoperability event in Washington D.C., a test that showcased vendor capabilities prior to official certification. SAML 2.0 is a leading industry standard for Identity Federation. The standard is approved and driven by the Organization for Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).
As a result of Entrust GetAccess SAML capabilities, government departments have been able to leverage the solution to help control access to sensitive resources and provide an improved online experience to both government employees and citizens. Today, SAML 2.0 affords government agencies those same capabilities, but now includes more advanced features.
As part of a layered security strategy that protects and secures identities and information, Entrust GetAccess is a high-performance, scalable Web access control solution. It centrally manages access to multiple applications through a single portal, providing users with single sign-on to the applications and content they are authorized to access. The solution centralizes security management to provide a common infrastructure to manage user identities, and enable authentication and authorization across multiple applications.
Entrust (NASDAQ: ENTU) secures digital identities and information for consumers, enterprises and governments in more than 1,650 organizations spanning 60 countries. Leveraging a layered security approach to address growing risks, Entrust solutions help secure the most common digital identity and information protection pain points in an organization. These include SSL, authentication, fraud detection, shared data protection and e-mail security. For information, call 888-690-2424, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://www.entrust.com/.
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