Federation and the Identity Provider

This year, one of many discussions I’ve been involved in revolved around these two foundational terms. In our digital environment and in support of an ever increasing array of people – individuals – engaging and interacting in the physical and virtual world, the questions – who are you and who can prove who you claim to be – becomes a critical element of establishing business and social relationships.

“Once Upon a Time” we lived in villages and knew our neighbors. When we travel afar, we would go with a letter of introduction from a Lord or other important, known and recognized person. A credential signed and sealed would assure safe passage and presented as. Proof of Identity upon arrival. Trusted identify established via a signed and sealed inside a Letter of Introduction.

Federation is a mechanism to convey a proof of identity in a digital world.

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