Exostar Extends Reach of Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Cards (CAC) across A&D Supply Chain
HERNDON, VA, February 8, 2011 ─ Exostar, whose cloud-based solutions enable secure, cost-effective business-to-business collaboration, today announced an identity management breakthrough that will enable Department of Defense (DoD) personnel to make even greater use of their Common Access Card (CAC). The company’s cloud-based Managed Access Gateway (MAG) solution now includes on-boarding and authentication workflow intelligence that lets approved DoD employees access third-party applications federated with MAG by logging in via their CAC card.
According to Gartner, “CACs offer operational benefits through the use of common processes and tools that potentially lead to lower administrative overheads, and to financial benefits that accrue from infrastructure consolidation and improved business processes that may yield concomitant operational efficiencies.”*
MAG is the centerpiece of Exostar’s Identity Hub services, which:
- Bring together Identity Providers and Relying Parties, who connect just once through the cloud to the Identity Hub. The Hub seamlessly allows trusted access across connected applications, using standard Identity Federation protocols including WS-Federation and SAML. Acceptance of trusted credentials, such as DoD CAC cards, into the Hub creates a flexible and secure means for customers to quickly engage with the DoD.
- Support “inbound” access to enterprise applications by external users based on Identity Federation protocols.
- Enable “outbound” access, where enterprise employees can enjoy a single sign-on experience by authenticating to third-party applications using their existing corporate credentials.
“The Identity Hub is a highly-scalable platform that becomes increasingly valuable as the number of Identity Providers and Relying Parties connected to it rises,” said Vijay Takanti
, Exostar’s Vice President of Security and Collaboration Solutions. “Our latest upgrade to MAG to support DoD CAC cards creates an environment that makes it easier than ever for the DoD to actively participate in customer programs worldwide by capitalizing on their investment in CAC card identity technology.”
*Gartner, Inc., Q&A: Smart Tokens and Common Access Cards, Ant Allan, June 23, 2010.
Exostar powers secure business-to-business information sharing, collaboration and business process integration throughout the value chain. Exostar supports the complex trading needs of many of the world's largest companies in aerospace and defense, life sciences, and other industries. Exostar’s cloud-based identity assurance products and business applications reduce risk, improve agility and strengthen trading partner relationships and profitability for over 70,000 companies worldwide, including BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp., Raytheon Co. and Rolls-Royce. For more information, please visit www.exostar.com.
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