The State Services Commission has completed a four-month project with the Microsoft Innovation Centre and Datacom, aimed at integrating its new � Shared Services� element of the Government�s Authentication Programme with Microsoft�s Windows Cardspace.
The Authentication Programme, run by the State Services Commission, develops policy, standards and all-of-government �Shared Services� related to authentication and identity management.
The project sets out a research and development pathway to bridge the gap between the Authentication Programme�s logon service and verification service. The State Services Commission believes the project had a positive outcome in collaborating with Microsoft to discover what is possible and how Microsoft can support the needs of a large government agency.
The first service developed by the Authentication Programme was the Government Logon Service (GLS). A prototype of the second service, the Identity Verification Service (IVS) which will provide a simple, secure online environment for delivering government services to the public while ensuring government agencies have a high level of confidence in individual�s identities, has just been completed.
Both services use an open standard known as the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML).
Windows Cardspace, part of Microsoft�s Digital Identity strategy, is based on a different set of standards- WS-Trust and WS-MetadataExchange. It enables users to provide a digital identity in a familiar, secure and easy way. This project was one of the first in the world to attempt to integrate Windows Cardspace with the SAML standard.