DIFC more secure in its identity

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has deployed an identity management solution to address its security and compliance needs and is now offering the same service to its tenants within Dubai’s new financial hub.

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By  Peter Branton Published  June 25, 2006

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has deployed an identity management solution to address its security and compliance needs and is now offering the same service to its tenants within Dubai’s new financial hub. DIFC has itself gone live with Novell’s Identity Manager solution across the backbone of its network, and it is now ready to supply information access services to businesses within the 110-acre free zone of DIFC. The services will benefit those firms by providing greater identity authentification capabilities, and therefore increased business agility, along with higher levels of compliance, which will help firms meet the growing demands of corporate governance. DIFC tenants do not have to work with Novell, executives pointed out. “Each one of the companies that come and join us will have their own technology architecture, their own technology solutions. What we really want to be able to do is basically interface with them,” Hanan Askalan, DIFC’s CIO, told IT Weekly. “It’s like an identity framework where they will have their own identity management — whether it is Novell or any other provider — and they can then interface with us. That’s how you start getting integrated architecture across the board,” she explained. DIFC is primarily using Novell’s Identity Manger solution as the platform to manage all the access and security throughout its internal enterprise systems. It is also being used to control external and internal security access within its community. Novell said that it will interface with other systems using open standards. DIFC has already integrated its identity management systems with fledgling stock excha- nge DIFX and expects this process to grow as more firms arrive and more services are offered to the external community. Askalan said the region’s awareness of identity management issues is several years behind the US and Europe.

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