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RSA launches identity manager

The security software maker's product is designed to help companies securely share the digital identities of their customers with partners and other enterprises.

RSA Security has released a new product designed to help companies securely share the digital identities of their customers with partners and other enterprises.

The security software maker's Federated Identity Manager, released Monday, supports SAML 1.0 and 1.1, two widely used standards for identity federation, and it is expected to support the Liberty Alliance ID-FF 1.2 specification. RSA also said it has integrated Federated Identity Manager with its SecureID two-factor authentication software.

Identity federation helps companies share trusted digital identities across corporate networks. RSA compares a federated identity to a passport--a credential that a country provides to an individual and which is trusted and accepted as proof of identity by other countries.

Fifth Third Bancorp and financial services company Nationwide have already decided to use the new product.