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Symantec – Identity Provider?

Author: Mark Dixon
Saturday, June 3, 2006
6:26 am

Paul Krill of InfoWorld reports that “Symantec is considering developing a service that would position the company as a third-party broker of identity management services for the Internet.”

The emergence of commercial Identity providers is essential to the adoption of user-centric Identity technology. It is interesting to see the types of companies that are emerging as potential Identity providers.

Paul’s article quotes Mark Bregman, senior vice president and chief evangelist at Symantec, addressing the business model of an Identity provider, “Rather than charging consumers for the identity management service, the clearinghouse would likely function similar to credit card services, in which merchants pay for the service.”

This illustrates the reality that both technical and business issues must be resolved for Identity providers to work.

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