Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Verizon Advances Enterprise Identity Management

Verizon announced an enhanced set of Enterprise Identity Management services to help businesses authenticate the identities of employees, partners and customers.

The enhanced suite of services, which is delivered "as-a-service" via the cloud, aims to reduce the complexity and risk associated with identity management programs.

Verizon currently manages 25 identity programs for countries around the globe, and in November the company announced a massive program with the U.S. medical community to issue identity credentials to 2.3 million health care professionals to help physicians manage online access and the secure exchange of confidential patient information.

"For the most part, we have found that authentication methods used by enterprises today are either inadequate or difficult and expensive," said Peter Tippett, Verizon vice president of security and industry solutions. "Until now, there's been no single service that delivers a total-solution offering that includes the critical features -- such as registering users, providing identity proofing and issuing identity credentials -- required to truly meet the needs of today's enterprise."

Verizon also announced the creation of an Identity Advisory Board, which will give Verizon's enterprise clients the opportunity to work collaboratively in addressing their needs to better manage the identities of workers, increase transparency for transactions and strengthen data protection. The board plans to synthesize the input received to create new features and capabilities that meet the requirements of today's distributed enterprise.


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