- And the award goes to…April 25th, 2008
The analyst company Kuppinger Cole and Partners has for the first time awarded the European Identity Awards to honor the outstanding Identity Management projects and innovations and improvements of standards.
In the “Best Innovation” category, the European Identity Award was presented to the group of companies for driving the outsourcing of authentication and authorization ahead and thus making it easier to control the application security from outside. There are several providers with different approaches in this field, and during the last year they all have contributed a lot to promoting this indispensable concept. The winners here are Bitkoo, CA, iSM, Microsoft, and Oracle.
Among the finalists in the “Best innovation” category are Aveksa and Sailpoint for their Identity Risk Management solutions and Microsoft for making a significant contribution to identity information protection in distributed environments by their acquisition of of Credentica and the planned integration of U-Prove technology into the user-centric identity management.
In the “Best new/improved standard” category the European Identity Award went to the OpenID Foundation and to Microsoft for their InfoCard initiative. These standards build the foundation for Identity 2.0, the so-called user-centric identity management. Other outstanding solutions, which made into the finalist list, were eCard API Framework and the simpleSAMLphp project lead by Feide RnD. The eCard API Framework is jointly developed by Secunet and BSI (Federal Office for Security in Information Technology) to make the integration of applications using different card technologies easier. With simpleSAMLphp the federation functionality can be easily integrated into existing and new applications.
The Award in the “Best internal Identity Management project” went to BASF for their AccessIT project, which integrated identity management into the company’s complex structure and which is notable for the consistent approach to centralized auditing. The finalist is the Royal Bank of Scotland with their project to control multiple applications with integrated role management.
The award recipient in the “Best Identity Management project for B2B” is Orange/France Telecom. Their project is groundbreaking because of consistent use of federation and opening their systems to partners. Finalists include Endress+Hauser for their business customer portal and the education network SurfNET, presently one of the most comprehensive federation implementations.
The winners in the “Best Identity Management project for B2B” are eBay and Paypal for their significant contributions to the protection of online transactions by supporting strong authentication mechanisms and thus bringing the importance of the issue to the wide audience. The finalists in this category are Fun Communications for their innovative use of Infocards as virtual customer cards, which we consider groundbreaking, and KAS Bank for their consistent use of strong authentication and encryption technologies for transaction protection.
The Republic of Austria is the winner of the “Best eGovernment Project” category for their eGovernment initiatives. The Crossroads Bank and Smals and also BAMF (Federal Office for Migration and Refugees) are among the finalists for their outstanding Identity Management projects in the eGovernment field.
Additionally, we have awarded two special prizes for the initiatives we considered groundbreaking. The VRM project lead by Doc Searls is from our point of view a very innovative approach to bring the concept of user-centric identity to customer management. During the VRM Unconference 2008 this topic has been intensively discussed for the first time in Europe. The second special prize goes to open source projects Higgins and Bandit, which we consider the most important open source initiatives in the field of Identity Management.
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