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Knowledge Center

The Knowledge Center is your one-stop shop for information about the underlying technologies and techniques that make Ping Identity products possible. Here you can brush up on the latest developments in our industry, reference the most viewed and most recently added items, or use the search tool to find the specific item or topic you're looking for. To find information for a given category, click the "More information" link at the bottom of each section or navigate there directly by clicking a category from the Knowledge Center menu above. If you don't find the answer to your question, contact us. We are happy to answer all of your questions.

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Internet Single Sign-On & Federated Identity

With employees accessing many different resources over the Internet to do their daily jobs, organizations need to maintain a secure working environment while ensuring users remain productive. Single Sign-On (SSO) is ideal for achieving both objectives. However, traditional SSO products were never designed to be used over the Internet with one organization managing user’s identities and a different, independent organizations providing the user’s applications.

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Cloud Security, SaaS and SSO

Many companies are turning to cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications such as sales management, human resource management and customer relations management to cut costs and save time. SaaS and Cloud adopters can benefit further with the deployment of Internet Single Sign-On (SSO). In fact, providing enterprise employees with SSO to SaaS and Cloud-based applications has become the number one use case for SAML-based federated identity.

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SAML

SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) enjoys the dominant position in terms of industry acceptance and production federated identity deployments. SAML is deployed in tens of thousands of Internet SSO connections, and thousands of large enterprises, government agencies and service providers have selected it as their standard protocol for communicating identities across the Internet.

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OpenID, OAuth & CardSpace

While SAML has become the de facto federated identity standard for enterprises and government organizations worldwide, several newer initiatives are applying similar concepts to so-called “user-centric” or “consumer” identity management. Three of the most interesting such initiates are OpenID, Information Cards and OAuth.

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Security Token Service and Universal Token Translation

The concept of Universal Token Translation and Security Token Services (STSs) originated with Web Services. Early on, the lack of a standard method for communicating user identities hindered Web Services applications from gaining widespread business acceptance. Standards such as WS- Security and WS-Trust emerged in the SOAP world to allow Web Services to share user identities by incorporating standard security tokens into SOAP message headers.

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