KuppingerCole Names EmpowerID as a Leader in Identity as a Service (IDaaS)

Posted by Bradford Mandell on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

9e58b0526a1a7b1ef541768df7d7.pngKuppingerCole, a respected global analyst focused on Information Security, examined 24 vendors in the Identity as a Service, Business to Enterprise market (IDaaS B2E) market.  EmpowerID was named as a Product Leader, a category which ranks vendors by functional strength and completeness of solution.  KuppingerCole stated in the report that EmpowerID "delivers a very broad feature set for Identity and Access Management, going well beyond Identity Provisioning but with tight integration to these core features."

KuppingerCole further recognized EmpowerID as an Innovation Leader, a measure of the platform's support for "leading-edge new features which deliver emerging customer requirements," and finally as an Overall Leader which measures leadership across all the factors they evaluate.

KuppingerCole noted that EmpowerID "takes a unique approach to IAM/IAG. It is built from scratch on a Business Process Management/Workflow platform" and the ability to modify and create visually designed workflows, "allows for great flexibility, while the product also delivers a broad set of out-of-the-box features."

Among top product leaders, EmpowerID differentiates itself by its innovative "everything is a workflow" approach to Identity and Access Management. Of EmpowerID, KuppingerCole stated "EmpowerID is a very interesting and innovative solution. It provides a well thought-out and flexible approach for Cloud IAM/IAG with strong Identity Federation and authentication support."

KuppingerCole also assigned EmpowerID the strongest ratings possible for the security, interoperability and usability subcategories of the Leadership Compass report.

The strength of EmpowerID's industry leading Identity and Access Management, Governance and Privileged Access Management feature set is derived from its all-in-one approach. It uses a single codebase, a common management console, and modern HTML5 adaptive user interfaces to combine high scalability and performance into a superior user experience. EmpowerID offers an Identity Warehouse to manage employee, partner, and consumer identities which are automated and secured by an Adaptive Authentication Engine, a powerful RBAC/ABAC engine, and over 750 out of the box workflows.

The breadth of EmpowerID's platform allows enterprises around the globe to extend their boundaries and to manage internal and client identities in on-premise, Cloud and hybrid environments.



To learn more about EmpowerID's strong, unique offering for business to employee IDaaS needs, read the full report: http://info.empowerid.com/download-the-free-kuppingercole-idaas-b2e-report-www

Tags: IDaaS, Federation, IAM, Identity and Access Management (IAM)

EmpowerID Inserts Intelligence into 2013 SharePoint People Picker

Posted by Chris Hayes on Wed, Jun 24, 2015

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The SharePoint 2013 People Picker is the tool you use to find and select users, groups and claims to grant someone a permission to a site in SharePoint.  The SharePoint 2013 People Picker is heavily dependent on how authentication is configured for your site so you need to ensure your SAML or claim provider is intelligent.

Don't let this happen to you

All claim providers created equally!

Today the most common issue SharePoint administrators find with an authentication claim provider is that any name you type in the People Picker, SharePoint will accept.  Even worse, with a typical claims provider you can type nonsense and you will see two results, neither of them valid!

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This is not because the SharePoint People Picker needs to be fixed, it's working as designed, it is a result of the claim provider.

The EmpowerID SharePoint Manager solves this problem, we have created the most intelligent claim provider in the market today.  In doing so we set out to do 4 things which will have a huge impact on the day to day operations of your SharePoint site.


1. Create the most intelligent claim provider in the world.  We didn't stop at providing intelligent responses to the query, we also segregate the data so that delegated administrators can only view results for data that they can see.  This is a very important point, if a business partner administrator wants to grant someone rights to a site the EmpowerID data filtering and masking is still maintained.

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2. Provide SharePoint "web parts".  This is technology that allows users to find new sites and request access to it.  It also allows site administrators to approve site access, all directly within SharePoint.Screen Shot 06 24 15 at 10.09 AM
3. Fully support federated or claims based authentication into SharePoint.  Users can authenticate with EmpowerID, bring their own social identity or use another.

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4. Answer the "Why" question.  Why does someone have access and when was it granted?  The other side a SharePoint claim provider is tracking these finer details.  EmpowerID includes full certification and attestation for SharePoint access, this provides your enterprise with a host of risk controls not previously available.

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Tags: Single Sign-on (SSO), authentication, Governance and Regulatory Compliance, Federation, User provisioning, Data Governance, Attestation, consumers, SAML, SharePoint, Access Governance, SSO

EmpowerID - Combining Intelligence with Web and SAML SSO

Posted by Chris Hayes on Wed, Apr 01, 2015

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Everyone's heard of Single Sign On or SSO.  By helping your end users get through their day, it allows them to first validate their enterprise identity and then seamlessly get into all of their enterprise applications.

The ugly secret of the SSO landscape is the lack of any real access control.  If you need to provide access to an application like Salesforce you have to add them into an Active Directory group.  That is simply not something that scales and will instantly become an administrative burden.  Let's not even get into what happens when that person moves to a new department, are you really going and removing them from the groups they shouldn't have access to anymore?

EmpowerID has created the world's first integrated Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and SSO mechanism that allows you to assign resources like salesforce.com to a business role not a group.  This gives you unprecedented flexibility to assign resources to things like SharePoint, Salesforce or whatever the application is.

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With EmpowerID you can assign resources to specific roles, like the example above where bank tellers in will be part of different active director groups but they can all be assigned the "Teller Business Role" and as such be allowed to access common resources for that role.  We've made it simple for you as an administrator too, manage these rules right through the EmpowerID WebAdmin console like you see below.

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Reach out and we can walk you through how to add intelligence into your SSO engine today.

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Tags: WS-Fed, RBAC, Federation, Access Governance, SSO

EmpowerID Named Overall Leader in IAM / IAG Suites

Posted by Patrick Parker on Thu, Feb 05, 2015

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EmpowerID has been recognized as a three time leader in a recent KuppingerCole report evaluating Identity and Access Management (IAM) / Identity Access Governance (IAG) Product Suites.

The IAM/IAG Leadership Compass “focuses on complete IAM/IAG (Identity Access Management/Governance) suites that ideally cover all major areas of IAM/IAG as a fully integrated offering,” Martin Kuppinger wrote in the report.

KuppingerCole, a respected global analyst focused on Information Security, examined Identity and Access Management / Governance Suites for this report. They specifically evaluated products that are integrated solutions with a broader scope than single-purpose products. Martin Kuppinger concluded in the report, “With their Windows-based product they [EmpowerID] offer one of the best integrated IAM Suites. All components have been built by EmpowerID, allowing for tight integration into a well thought-out architecture. This integrated approach is a clear strength of EmpowerID."

To request an unabridged copy of the the KuppingerCole report on IAM/IAG Suites, please visit http://info.empowerid.com/download-the-free-kuppingercole-iam-suites-leadership-compass.

Tags: Role Based Access Control (RBAC), GRC, authentication, IAG, IAM, Group Management, Governance and Regulatory Compliance, Identity Management, Federation, User provisioning, Attestation, Separation of Duties, Identity and Access Management (IAM), Access Governance

Worlds First Virtual Directory Built on Node.js®

Posted by Chris Hayes on Thu, Feb 05, 2015
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EmpowerID has cleaned the dust off of the Virtual Directory market with the world's first Virtual Directory Service written in Node.js and integrated it with our world class IAM Suite.

Virtual Directory Services (VDS) are supposed to aggregate identity and user information stored across data stores into a single point of access.  The dirty little secret of the market is latency when the VDS is returning indentity information.  This compounds itself again and again when making LDAP calls.  Some have tried to move from a "Proxy" view and use a Cached view, but I/O is still slow.

EmpowerID looked at the current VDS landscape, identified issues and built our VDS from the ground up on Node.js.  Compared to legacy VDS technology that spawns a new thread for each connection or request and takes up RAM, Node.js operates on a single-thread using a different type of I/O call.  This allows it to support tens of thousands of concurrent connections.
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So, why use EmpowerID's VDS?
  • Highly Scalable, a VDS should be able to handle incoming LDAP connection requests and we do it better than anyone in the industry.
  • Data Transformation allows you to easily support legacy apps that require a fixed schema
  • Persistent Metadirectory Cache that automatically refreshes the source data
  • Ties in with full IAM Suite from EmpowerID.
  • Group-based authorization and provisioning for all of your authentication endpoints
  • Application authorization provides a virtual view of all existing groups
  • Easily onboard new organizations' directory stores into a unified view
  • Create a single unified user profile from your disparate user stores

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Tags: IAM, Federation, Virtual Directory, VDS

B2C Single Sign On & Identity Management That Wins Over Consumers

Posted by Bradford Mandell on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

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Organizations that manage successful brands know what their customers want from a website experience and are able to provide it.

Consumers want simpler processes.  

They want a quick, seamless authentication experience. 

They want to get to a site from any device that is handy at the time, whether it’s a pc, a tablet or a smartphone.

They have lots of choices and they are bombarded with lots of information. Your branding must be visible and the flow of your customer through your site must be smooth so they will have a positive experience, remember you and want to return.

And your security for their identity needs to protect them and you without being obtrusive.

Your prize, if you capture consumers with a well-designed web presence, is a solid foundation for  business growth, faster fulfilment of your clients’ needs, and substantially greater efficiencies that can  reduce costs and drive profitability.

And of course you are supposed to accommodate all that and keep to a modest IT budget… phew!  

Here’s what it’s going to take:

  • A highly scalable Single Sign On (SSO) and Identity and Access Management (IAM) platform – one that can take you where your ambition wants to go.  Your IAM infrastructure may need to manage millions of users and tens of thousands of logins an hour.
  • Flexible branding – the login process can’t be generic, it and related Single Sign On (SSO) pages need to be customizable to your themes.
  • Support for social media logins is a must if you want to simplify the user experience and entice the widest number of users possible.
  • Self-service password reset and challenge questions that allows consumers to quickly get back in to your site if they forget their username or their password.
  • 2nd factor authentication capabilities and even identity validation will be needed if you need to provide an extra level of protection for your data or resources.  You may want the ability to step up authorization when a user needs to access more sensitive information.
  • A flexible API is another core need – on that can be embedded into your existing applications to connect to common authentication, provisioning and authorization processes.
  • You will want a licensing model that scales from a modest user base to one that is still affordable if you exceed your best expectations.
  • And while many SSO platforms claim that you can easily entrust provisioning to another platform that they can connect to, that’s going to cost you more money to develop, to implement and to support. So you will want a platform that is capable of integrating all of your essential identity management tasks from the start.
  • There is a lot of other technical stuff that you are going to want, like compatibility with all the major standards (SAML, WS-Fed, OAuth), password vaulting and reverse proxy for those legacy apps that can’t make a standard federated connection, but that still need to talk to your federated environment (because throwing out everything you own to pave way for new standards isn’t always practical).

There is a solution that provides all of the above: EmpowerID. 

EmpowerID is an integrated and modular platform, built on a single codebase and driven by workflow with prebuilt one-to-many SSO and Identity Management scenarios with the needs of consumers in mind. 

EmpowerID’s visual workflow designer and adaptive HTML5 interfaces offer a vastly improved and simplified approach to traditional SSO and IAM challenges.  It can be stood up in just a few days or weeks depending on the customization desired, instead of the months that other applications take. 

Most importantly, EmpowerID supports a satisfying access experience for consumers and drives strong ROI with its secure, seamless and flexible identity processes.  

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Tags: WS-Fed, authentication, Identity Management, Federation, consumers, SAML, Single Sign-on, Password management, SSO, social media