On June 12th Novell announced the creation of Bandit, an open source project with a charter to unify disparate identity systems and provide a consistent approach to securing and managing identity.
Recommended Competitive Responses
Organizations that have expressed support for the "goals" of the Bandit project need to determine what level of resources, if any, will be applied to help achieve those goals. Organizations interested in more than just cheerleading should work with Novell to consider existing technology or other resources that could be donated to the project. Microsoft has voiced early, if vague, support for Bandit and interoperability between Bandit and Microsoft. Microsoft and Novell now need to better outline the chief points of tangency and overlap between Bandit and Windows CardSpace (formerly known as InfoCard) and how these initiatives will interoperate. Sun has also voiced early and vague support for Bandit. Sun too must explain how Bandit fits in with its previously announced plans to open source its identity management suite.
Recommended End User/Customer Responses
Application developers should participate in, or at a minimum closely track, the Bandit project. Identity management is an increasingly critical issue in application development and Bandit would help ease broader adoption of identity functionality in Web applications.