Investigating User Centric and Identity-as-a-Service Federation models for Dutch Higher Education Institutes (SURFfederatie).

  • TYPE: Combined Session DATE: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 TIME: 16:30-17:30 LOCATION: HELIOS


The SURFfederatie is the comprehensive identity federation for higher education in The Netherlands, connecting higher education institutes (as identity providers, IdPs) with public and commercial service providers (SPs). The SURFfederatie is an infrastructure with a well-developed hub-like architecture, including contracts that are signed by IdPs and SPs. It is seen as an example large scale federation approach for other sectors as well, and has earned the EEMA award of excellence in 2008.

The main issue for the SURFfederatie is scalability, especially with respect to trust establishment. Therefore the federation is currently developing and testing future service service models beyond the traditional SP-IdP model, in particular: expand its domain to a wider range of (commercial) service providers; offer comprehensive identity-as-a-service for its customers; and introduce a user centric, rather than IdP-centric, federation model. Best practice experience of SURFfederatie and the results of investigating and trying out the alternative new service models will be presented.



Jürgen Mannheim has been EMEA Business Development Manager for Covisint a subsidiary of Compuware Cooperation since December 2008. Prior joining Covisint Mannheim worked as Business Development Manager Automotive and as Regional Manager Systems Engineering for Sun Microsystems in Germany....

Prateek Mishra, PhD, is director of identity management standards at Oracle Corporation. He has been active in the development of identity management standards over the past decade and played a key role in the creation of the SAML standard. At Oracle, he leads a team of architects focusing on...

Darren Platt is CTO of Symplified and a recognized expert on identity management. He co-authored the AuthXML specification, which was the precursor to the SAML identity federation standard. He has served as Senior Director of Technology for Ping Identity where he managed the company’s...

Peter has been internationally active for over 20 years as a consultant, architect and program manager in the IT integration field, particularly on identity management and SOA. He is the author of several publications, including a book on identity management. He frequently speaks at seminars...



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