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Mary Ruddy
Research Director
1 year at Gartner
26 years IT Industry

Mary Ruddy is a Research Director on the GTP Identity and Privacy Strategies team. Read Full Bio

One Small Step for OpenID Connect, a Giant Leap for the Evolution of Identity Management

by Mary Ruddy  |  February 28, 2014

The announcement that the OpenID Foundation membership had ratified the OpenID Connect standard marks a major milestone in the evolution of digital identities. Organizations that have been holding off on using OpenID Connect because it wasn’t yet an “official standard” should now feel comfortable with using it. OpenID Connect has been stable for a couple […]

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Another Step for Federation Standards (SAML) and Cloud Infrastructure

by Mary Ruddy  |  November 15, 2013

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced initial support for the SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) 2.0 open identity federation standard. This will enable federated single sign-on (SSO) “empowering users to sign into the AWS Management Console or make programmatic calls to AWS APIs, by using assertions from a SAML-compliant identity provider (IdP).” This is […]

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A warm welcome to the Shibboleth Consortium!

by Mary Ruddy  |  May 20, 2013

Congratulations to the Shibboleth project on the launch of the Shibboleth Consortium . The Shibboleth project is an open-source implementation of SAML that is widely used by research and educational institutions. It is great to see the official launch of the international Consortium, which will provide a mechanism for the Shibboleth community to make […]

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Evolution of Modern Federation

by Mary Ruddy  |  April 24, 2013

One of the first areas I’m focusing on at Garter is identity federation. SaaS, mobile, social identities and IDaaS are driving new federation challenges. Federation architecture is evolving rapidly to meet these new needs and becoming more central to identity and access management (IAM). Because of all this change, organizations need to think more broadly […]

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What Does Federated Identity Mean in a World of Modern Identity and Access Management?

by Mary Ruddy  |  February 15, 2013

The forces of cloud, mobile devices, social media and electronic data (context) continue to drive new waves of change in the Identity and Access Management (IAM) space. (Gartner calls these forces the Nexus of Forces.) Originally the phrase “federated identity” meant that that partners could use their own logins to access enterprise resources, or an […]

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SAML Single Sign-Off

by Mary Ruddy  |  February 11, 2013

Single Sign-On (federated and enterprise) is part of my initial core coverage area. One of the classic challenges with Single Sign-On (SSO) is that is it single sign-on and not single sign-off. So I was very pleased to see that the OASIS Security Services (SAML) TC has recently approved and published the SAML V2.0 Asynchronous […]

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Hello World

by Mary Ruddy  |  February 5, 2013

It has been a wild first few months at Gartner. IAM Summit, was my first time presenting at a Gartner event (Amazon Web Services and Identity; and Identity Bridges: enabling Hybrid Cloud Architectures) as a Gartner employee rather than as a guest. The Summit’s three days went too fast and I wish there had been more time […]

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