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Securing the Borderless Network: Security for the Web 2.0 World by Tom Gillis

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Chapter 14. Identity Management: We Need to Know if You Are a Dog

This chapter includes the following topics:

Identity: The Key to the Security Kingdom

Establishing Identity

A Flexible Identity Fabric

The New Yorker once ran a cartoon that featured a dog sitting at a computer keyboard. The caption read, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” (See Figure 14-1.) This simple cartoon captures the heart of a problem that costs enterprises billions of dollars. Identity is the foundation of any security policy—who are you and what are you allowed to do? However, the onset of the “borderless enterprise” and Web 2.0 makes the simple task of distinguishing between employees, business partners, clients—and even dogs—much more complicated ...

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