Novell launches identity management framework

Novell has entered the identity management space by sponsoring an open-source initiative that company officials say will take the confusion out of running distinct point solutions.

Bandit, the free framework, officially launched Monday, and seeks to standardize the identity management process, in addition to offering security, access and compliance features, according to a Novell statement.

"The Bandit project was created in response to our customers’ needs to reduce the complexity of identity management in the enterprise," said Jeff Jaffe, executive vice president and CTO of Novell. "The industry needs to come together and deliver common identity services that provide a consistent experience, regardless of the underlying infrastructure."

The Bandit project consists of the Common Authentication Services Adapter, which enables application and enterprise single sign-on; the Role Engine service, which can be integrated into applications to "calculate role information" and the Audit Record Framework service, which provides and receives audits to verify compliance.

"The Bandit project is looking to address one of the toughest challenges in identity management today – provide a consistent approach to securing and managing identity," said Mike Neuenschwander, vice president and research director for the Burton Group. "The creation of identity services that abstract the complexity of identity systems and that are interoperable and freely available is a worthwhile goal and represents an important inflection point in the ongoing development of the identity management market."

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