A Great Day for Internet Identity


Passwords are a pain. Internet security is difficult. But getting consensus among competing vendors, independent developers, privacy advocates seemed impossible. But OpenID Connect is finally done. This internet identity layer is already helping websites, enterprises and mobile network operators identify people. OpenID Connect enables better privacy controls and stronger (and more user friendly) authentication. Application developers have responded the working group’s mantra, “Keep simple things simple, make complex things possible.” Given the almost daily drumbeat of data breaches, websites operators, mobile applications developers and enterprise architects are welcoming the increased security options OpenID Connect provides for their domains.

Standards are only as good as their adoption. And adoption is a product of the hard work of the OpenID Connect Working Group and our member organizations that have continued to support the painstaking work on building OpenID Connect:

GSMA
“The GSMA’s role is to work with the Mobile Operators to deliver relevant services to their customers; one such area that is growing in importance is the use of the mobile phone for authentication or identification purposes,” said Marie Austenaa, Head of Personal Data, GSMA. “In order to achieve global scale and ease of implementation both for Mobile Operators and for the Service Providers, it is important to have a consistent approach and this is what OpenID Connect provides.”

salesforce.com
“Salesforce.com is committed to unlocking new ways for companies to build meaningful relationships with their customers, and that engagement starts with standards-based identity,” said Chuck Mortimore, vice president, Identity product management, salesforce.com. “We’ve built OpenID Connect into the core of the Salesforce1 customer platform, allowing companies to connect the next generation of apps, devices and products—delivering a unified customer experience through a single identity.”

Ping Identity
“Today’s ratification of OpenID Connect is a big step forward in making business interaction easier and more secure,” said Ping Identity CTO Patrick Harding. “Standards are critical to supporting a new era of identity-centric business. OpenID Connect spans Web, API and mobile, making it an especially important protocol in our collective efforts to move identity from application to infrastructure.”

Nomura Research Institute Ltd.
“NRI has been actively involved in developing OpenID Connect as one of the authors. We have deployed an open source implementation of OpenID Connect as a backend technology provider for media companies, mobile operators, credit card and commerce companies,” said Nat Sakimura, Senior Researcher of Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.