ForgeRock boosts improved capabilities for IoT to enhance digital identity management

ForgeRock announced Monday a new version of the ForgeRock Identity Platform, its comprehensive identity platform for the Internet of Things (IoT). The ForgeRock Identity Platform 5.0 increases the gap between traditional people-based identity and access management (IAM) and advanced Digital Identity Management.

This new platform release is designed for organizations leveraging IoT and supporting devices such as autonomous vehicles, industrial machines, smart homes, wearables, and connected cars — in addition to the people who use them.

This release of the ForgeRock Identity Platform, supports the identity of things for both consumer deployments, as well as for industrial IoT and operational technology (OT) implementations where security is paramount.

From connected cars to robotics to shipping containers to factory automation, ForgeRock’s solutions are uniquely designed for IoT scale, where identities stretch into the billions — dwarfing traditional internal IAM limitations. ForgeRock will later this month preview additional security capabilities “on the edge” for IoT, and announce integration and partnerships with some of the biggest names in IoT.

In addition to enhanced IoT features, the latest iteration of the ForgeRock Identity Platform includes several new and improved capabilities for privacy, security, and cloud deployment, including enhanced IoT Security, so that organizations can protect against the misuse and theft of OAuth2 tokens. while providing secure registration, authentication, and authorization of new devices within a digital ecosystem. Organizations can empower consumers to personally manage what data is collected and used based on their user profile, including opt-in/opt-out settings and the ability to close and delete accounts.

ForgeRock customers can boost customer engagement across any device or thing using popular providers such as Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn. These capabilities provide customers a seamless way to use services and smart products without having to create yet another password or fill out lengthy forms, while enabling organizations to gain access to rich customer identity data so they can better understand, personalize, and engage their customers throughout the entire buyer lifecycle.

Organizations can now integrate the ForgeRock Identity Platform into their DevOps and dynamic cloud architecture environments to achieve faster time to market and elasticity. These features provide the agility of Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) with the power of a full identity platform. Developers will benefit from enhancements to the ForgeRock Developer Studio for the ForgeRock Identity Gateway. These enhancements allow the gateway to be easily configured to protect applications, devices/things, and IoT brokers, such as ARM mbed.

In addition, the ForgeRock API Explorer simplifies the integration of the ForgeRock Identity Platform to virtually anything.

The new platform makes it even easier to integrate legacy applications across modern web, mobile and APIs, and provides greater visibility with rich interactive documentation for the platform’s common REST API.

These new solutions build on the proven platform that has driven dramatic expansion in ForgeRock’s customer base over the past year. New customers include some of the largest and most recognized brands across a variety of industries including financial services, retail/consumer goods, telecommunications/media, industrial/automotive, healthcare and public sector.
The demand for ForgeRock solutions has been driven by the explosive growth of IoT, and the increasing need for privacy and consent solutions to address regulations such as the EU General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR).

The IoT is reshaping concepts of personal data privacy and the types of security that organizations must provide to protect customers, patients, and citizens — their data and their devices. The ForgeRock Identity Platform is designed as a unified platform for data privacy that can scale to manage hundreds of millions of identities.

In rolling out User-Managed Access (UMA) offering this year, ForgeRock is providing a convenient new way for organizations to empower customers and employees to selectively and securely share data from cloud, mobile, and IoT sources. Companies and public sector entities can leverage the UMA-standard implementation to add privacy and consent capabilities to entire partner ecosystems and mitigate the risks of a changing regulatory landscape.

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