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Federated Identity by TrustBuilder: A New Horizon in Access Management

February 20, 2024

16 minutes


Companies expanding their services globally must prioritize establishing a cohesive and secure framework for identity management. TrustBuilder offers a Federated Identity solution that efficiently manages access for employees and partners while enhancing cybersecurity through innovative techniques.

Quick Overview on Federated Identity

Definition: Means of linking a person’s electronic identity and attributes, stored across multiple distinct identity management systems. Federated identity can exist in both cloud-based and on-premise environments.

Relation to SSO: Related to single sign-on, where a user’s authentication is trusted across multiple IT systems or organizations. SSO is a subset of federated identity management.

Purpose: Enables the portability of identity information across autonomous security domains. This allows users of one domain to securely access data or systems of another domain seamlessly.

Why Federated Identities Matter in Today’s IT Landscape

Embracing External Identity Management

Moving from isolated identity management to collaboration is vital for companies working together. In a time where identities are dynamic, delays can pose challenges. With federated identities, each company keeps its own identities and accesses them when necessary. This makes syncing easier and speeds up access to resources.

Federated identities decentralize identity management, allowing control over each company’s identity provider database. With TrustBuilder’s approach, companies can team up without risking their IT systems’ integrity.

In Which Scenarios Do You Require Federated Identities?

Federated identity management boosts security, enhances access management, and fosters collaboration effectively. It’s particularly beneficial in these scenarios:

  1. Reselling: Businesses working with resellers can ensure secure access to sales platforms, support tools, and licenses while keeping credentials safe.
  2. Associations: Legal entities collaborating on projects, such as defense or infrastructure initiatives, can manage access across companies while keeping employee management separate.
  3. Consulting Engagements: Organizations hiring consultants for projects can securely grant access to resources without worrying about their partner assigning the consultants.

Limitations in Traditional Identity Management

Traditional identity management can slow down businesses in today’s fast-paced world. Let’s look at the problems with these old systems.

Centralization Risks for Identity Management and Authentication

Centralized systems put businesses at risk. They can be easy targets for cyber attackers, making it harder to manage identities and authenticate users. Plus, they’re complicated to manage and can lead to mistakes that threaten security. This is particularly concerning with people who share the same name.

Scalability and Onboarding Challenges

Old-fashioned processes are slow, making it tough for businesses to grow quickly. This leads to delays in onboarding partners and granting employees access to necessary tools, impacting company success.

Lack of Flexibility and Adaptability

Traditional identity management systems struggle to keep up with changes in technology and rules. This makes it hard for businesses to innovate and grow because they can’t easily adjust to new needs and regulations.

Taking Federated Identity Management to the Next Level

Forget about juggling multiple logins and trying to remember various credentials. TrustBuilder makes it easy for your users, whether they’re employees or partners, to interact with your services. We offer a unified login experience that integrates seamlessly with different identity providers. With TrustBuilder, you can boost enterprise security, streamline access management, and embrace the concept of digital identity.

The 4 Essential Features that You Need for your Federated Identity Management

  1. Integration with External IDPs: TrustBuilder seamlessly integrates with various third-party Identity Providers (IDPs) and existing systems. This includes government IDPs like France Connect or Itme, as well as Social Identity Providers such as Facebook and Google. It use standard protocols like SAML, OIDC, and OAuth for smooth operations. TB Connect also facilitates integration with your partners’ on-premises or legacy systems, like an LDAP server using Kerberos or ADFS. Check-out our integration Maketplace.
  2. Workflow Management: This feature streamlines processes and allows efficient management of user access through workflows. See TB Workflow feature.
  3. Attribute Translation: TrustBuilder’s Federated Identity capability effortlessly converts attributes from external IDPs into a standardized set for your applications.
  4. Persona Model: TrustBuilder’s unique Persona model tailors access and permissions based on common business roles and responsibilities. Personas can be used to limit the time frame and scope of user access across companies. See TB Persona feature.

Strategic Advantages of Switching to TrustBuilder’s Federated Identitiy capability

  1. External Single Sign-On (SSO): Implementing SSO saves time and effort for users, as they only need one set of credentials for all their applications. This avoids the hassle of managing multiple passwords, or what some call password fatigue. Federated Identity expands SSO to external resources, enabling users to use the same credentials for external applications as they do internally. This simplifies the authentication process, boosting productivity and employee satisfaction.
  2. Zero Trust Framework: TrustBuilder operates on the principles of zero trust. The platform validates every access attempt in real time to enhance security, protect data, and comply with regulatory requirements. TrustBuilder also offers step-up authentication for increased security when accessing sensitive resources.
  3. Just-in-Time User Management: TrustBuilder validates user access management in real time, providing appropriate access levels to their account even in constantly changing environments. This dynamic approach ensures that users have the right account permissions at the right time.
  4. Efficient Joiner-Mover-Leaver Scenarios: By relying on the external IDP, you can ensure that users who change business roles will receive appropriate access. This applies to both new users and those who have left the external company.
  5. Easily Switch Partnerships: Partnerships are crucial in today’s ecosystem. TrustBuilder allows you to confidently establish new collaborations, knowing your data security is assured.

Scalability and Efficiency: Achieving the Perfect Balance

TrustBuilder offers a comprehensive solution for scalability, focusing on cost-effectiveness while supporting your organization’s growth. We prioritize efficiency without compromising quality.

  1. Streamlining User Management: Say goodbye to managing user identities across multiple partners. TrustBuilder reduces administrative burden by centralizing user management.
  2. Accelerating User Onboarding: With streamlined processes and immediate access provisioning, TrustBuilder ensures faster onboarding for new users and customers, boosting overall efficiency.

TrustBuilder is your trusted partner for achieving scalability and efficiency, providing tailored solutions to meet your needs.

TrustBuilder’s Federated Identity capability, available in Platform, recognize the significance of collaboration between organizations. It empower IT managers to create a secure, efficient, and user-friendly environment for managing access to shared resources.

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