Identity Provider

An Identity Provider (IdP), also known as Identity Assertion Provider, is responsible for issuing identification information for all providers looking to interact / service with the system in any possible way, this is achieved via an authentication module which verifies a security token as an alternative to explicitly authenticating a user within a security realm.In perimeter authentication a user needs to be authenticated only once (single sign-on) and pass along a security token which is processed by an Identity Assertion Provider for each system it needs to access.Normally an Identity Assertion Provider should support most security token types such as SAML, SPNEGO, X.509.
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