Title: Identity management practices in cloud computing environments

Authors: Aashish Bhardwaj; Vikas Kumar

Addresses: Mewar University, Chittorgarh – 312901, Rajasthan, India ' Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, 3&4 Institutional Area, Jasola, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi – 110025, India

Abstract: The increased global connectivity has increased the number of identities taking part in the digital world, as well as their interactions. In such an environment, the identity management becomes a superset of all corresponding issues in establishing trust and reputation among customers. This paper presents identity management problem as a whole, with specific identity breach incidents. Composition of the identities and their attributes has also been discussed in detail. Best practices for identity management and access control services like Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) for intra-organisation services, as well as services such as Windows Live ID, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and OpenID for worldwide control across internet have been presented. Each application has a choice to accept an identity provider it trusts. The paper further addresses future identity management problems, which will be more complex in nature and will deal with interconnected devices, machines, software components and addresses along with the user identities.

Keywords: entities; identities; privacy; identity breach; identity management; Active Directory Federation Services; ADFS; OpenID; cloud computing; access control; security.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCC.2014.062271

International Journal of Cloud Computing, 2014 Vol.3 No.2, pp.143 - 157

Available online: 03 Jun 2014 *

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