Entrust Earns High Marks in Government Interoperability Test

E-authentication results highlight Entrust GetAccess Server SAML 2.0 capabilities


DALLAS, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Entrust, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTU) continues to receive praise for the ability and versatility of one of its most important solutions. After passing Liberty Alliance SAML 2.0 testing in July, the Entrust GetAccess(TM) server received high praise during the U.S. government's E-Authentication Interoperability event Nov. 13-15 in Washington D.C.

The E-Authentication Initiative-hosted event was developed to explore security leaders' Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 capabilities during different actions within a variety of environments. The goal of the event was not to award any type of certification, but rather to present advanced functionality to technical personnel of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the E-Authentication Initiative.

"E-Authentication and SAML 2.0 are key initiatives in providing governments secure authentication processes and foundations. Entrust is always pleased to collaborate with the GSA and other leading vendors to improve the interoperability of this vital technology," said Entrust Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Conner. "As the governments across the globe move toward more citizen-centric technology models, we believe in the pursuit of a strong solution that allows the secure exchange of authentication and authorization of data between security domains."

During testing, the Entrust GetAccess server was able to perform identity provider- and service provider- initiated single sign-on using POST and/or HTTP artifact resolution, single log-out and identity provider discovery between other vendors.

As another milestone in July 2006, the Entrust GetAccess server passed the Liberty Alliance SAML 2.0 interoperability testing. This leading industry standard for identity federation is approved and driven by the Organization for Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).

The GSA E-Authentication Initiative is aimed at providing federated identity infrastructure to support a common, unified authentication process and streamline access to government online resources. Based on industry standards such as SAML, E-Authentication will help government agencies accelerate delivery of online services by leveraging a variety of electronic credential providers.

The Entrust GetAccess server is a high-performance, scalable Web access control solution. It centrally manages access to multiple applications through a single portal, providing users with single sign-on to applications and content that those users are authorized to see. The solution centralizes security management to provide a common infrastructure to manage user identities, and enable authentication and authorization across multiple applications.