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NEW OpenAM 11.0: Meeting the rapidly shifting needs of access management

The rapid adoption of mobile technologies by consumers and in the enterprise, as well as the growth in the “Internet of Things” is pushing the borders of traditional IAM solutions.

At ForgeRock, we pride ourselves on continually pushing the boundaries of IAM. So that’s why we’re so excited about today’s announcement—OpenAM the first-ever access management platform built for Identity Relationship Management (IRM).

Creating access for the “Internet of Things”

We first saw the term IRM coined by Kantara Initiative and Joni Brennan, executive director at the organization said,

The “Internet of Things” is completely redefining how user identities are delivered to applications, devices, and “things.” The shift from Identity and Access Management to Identity Relationship Management is about shifting from the classic ‘castle defense’ to identity as business enabler. Recognizing this shift, we’re excited to see that ForgeRock is addressing the emerging and critical business need for easy access to applications and services for customers.”

OpenAM was designed from the ground up to be highly scalable and reliable; however, the movement to adopt mobile and the “Internet of Things,” brings new requirements that we wanted to address. OpenAM 11.0 is optimized to scale up for the modern Web, supporting millions of users, devices and things across cloud, social, SaaS and mobile networks. The identity and credentials of users can remain the same, regardless of which device they are accessing data from.

For IRM to work it must be borderless. This means that employees, customers and partners can access data from a variety of devices and locations without sacrificing on enterprise-grade security. With full support of OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect, developers now have the most efficient method for developing mobile applications that are optimized for bandwidth and CPU. And new Session Fail-Over with an optimized architecture ensures that users are always online and connected, irrespective of location.

Choose your authentication

With a rich set of REST APIs, OpenAM provides native support for mobile applications, making it easy to integrate into existing IAM ecosystems. The OpenAM Authentication REST interface has also been enhanced to support a variety of authentication methods, including strong and multifactor. This gives developers the power to create their own user interface and choose any kind of authentication within their Web and mobile applications. OpenAM 11.0 also supports the deployment of mobile identities across iOS and Android platforms.

The new OpenAM is the final step in offering a complete IRM product to our customers – a mobile-ready platform for deploying borderless consumer services across any platform, device and Internet connected “thing.” 

Rebecca Golden


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