Identity Federations consist of "[…] the agreements, standards, and technologies that make identity and entitlements portable across autonomous domains" (BurtonGroup) and could indeed be a useful and attractive mechanism for supporting secure and flexible access to e-infrastructures worldwide. It is not surprising then that research and educational institutions are forerunners in the deployment of this new set of authentication and authorization mechanisms that simplify life to individual scientists, teachers and students, reducing the number of digital identities they need to create and manage toa ccess different services. Smaller number of identities means smaller number of sites where a person must authenticate using his/her tokens (especially passwords) and leads to lower probability of successful phishing and similar attacks, as people can more easily distinguish fake and proper sites.One of the goals of the CHAIN-REDS projec tis therefore to promote ands upport widera cceptance of the Identity Federation model and foster the deployment of federated services, especially in the developing countries and regions.
IIf you want to know more about the Identity Federations existing in the various countries, click in the interactive map at the top. Counties highlighted in yellow are those where federated identity services have been created thanks to CHAIN-REDS activities. You can get more information on CHAIN-REDS activities concerning Identity Federations looking at this report.