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OpenID Connect 101

Digital business has changed the needs of enterprise security


Mobile applications, cloud services and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives present the enterprise with new security challenges. A new generation of identity protocols, including OpenID Connect 1.0, is emerging to meet these challenges by streamlining authentication capabilities for the bandwidth and feature constraints of digital endpoints.


OpenID Connect 1.0 extends OAuth 2.0 to add an identity layer and creates a single framework that promises to secure APIs, mobile native apps and browser applications. As more companies focus on digital consumer engagement and the IoT, Connect helps secure identity data in an increasingly complex ecosystem.


This paper:


  • Introduces OpenID Connect (OIDC or Connect)
  • Discusses Connect’s features
  • Highlights Connect’s applicability to enterprise use cases, including customer identity management and the IoT

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