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10 May 2013
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Oracle Unified Directory 11gR2PS1 [30919]
An all-in-one directory solution with storage, proxy, synchronization and virtualization capabilities

Etienne Remillon writes, "Oracle Unified Directory is an all-in-one directory solution with storage, proxy, synchronization and virtualization capabilities. While unifying the approach, it provides all the services required for high-performance enterprise and carrier-grade environments. Oracle Unified Directory ensures scalability to billions of entries, ease of installation, elastic deployments, enterprise manageability and effective monitoring.

Some of the new features provided by this Patch Set:"

  • Extensibility framework via Plug-in API
  • Support for Macro ACIs
  • Additional use cases for Oracle database enterprise user security (EUS) including Proxy mode to other - directories and Kerberos and Certificate based authentication
  • ODSM console supported on IBM WebSphere
  • Increased performance

Oracle Unified Directory is part of Oracle Directory Services Plus which provides comprehensive directory solutions for robust identity management deployments.
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22 Apr 2013
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'Function Security and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) in Oracle E-Business Suite' [30625]
New Oracle Whitepaper on the Latest Work in RBAC

The new white paper "Function Security and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) in Oracle E-Business Suite (Note 1537100.1)" (registration and log-in required) draws some praise from Chris Warticki, who explains that it illustrates two main ways to implement security in Oracle E-Business Suite: “traditional” Oracle E-Business Suite responsibility-based security (usually referred to as “function security”) and Role-Based Access Control. According to Sara Woodhull in a separate post, the whitepaper is written for Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators, super-users, and implementers. It applies to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1.
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29 Mar 2013
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An Overview and a How-to on Protecting Your Oracle Solaris Zone Cluster [30349]
Labeling Zones for Appropriate Access

Rick Ramsey posts an introduction to zones, clustering, and trusted extensions and a link to a paper by Subama Ganguly on building a secure zone cluster with trusted extensions. As Ramsey writes in his introduction, "Oracle Solaris Trusted Zone clusters became available in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1. They are zone clusters with the security capabilities (mandatory access control or MAC) provided by Trusted Extensions. The zones in the cluster are labeled in the same way that other objects are labeled, so that only other objects with the same (or higher) sensitivity label can access them. Subama Ganguly walks you through setting one up.
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21 Mar 2013
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Virgin Media Takes Identity Management Underground [30250]
Oracle Identity Management Gave Virgin Media the Security and Control to Provide Free Wi-Fi to Millions

Learn how Virgin Media, the UK’s first combined provider of broadband, TV, mobile, and home phone services, used Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Virtual Directory, and Oracle Entitlements Server to serve more than 10,000 new users daily as the 2012 Olympics brought millions of athletes, support crews, vendors, and spectators into London. The infrastructure also supported up to 800,000 sessions every day—which peaked at 24,163 simultaneous users, to which one must add millions of tweets, Facebook posts, and more. A Webcast shows how Virgin Media leveraged successfully leveraged back-end legacy systems that were never designed to be externalized. Log-in and registration required.
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21 Mar 2013
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Security Inside Out Newsletter [30253]
Includes Link to White Paper by Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian

The current Security Inside Out Newsletter features the following articles:

  • Q&A: Ontario Commissioner and Leading Privacy Expert Dr. Ann Cavoukian

  • Virgin Media Relies on Oracle Identity Management to Secure Wi-Fi Service in the London Underground

  • Oracle Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Masking Technology

  • White Paper: Privacy and Security by Design: A Convergence of Paradigms (link to download) and announcement of a live Twitter conversation with author Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian on April 4 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.

Webcasts on Identity Management and Database Security are included as well. Interested readers can subscribe.
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21 Feb 2013
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BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines Division Implements Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On [29883]
Achieves Secure Access, Regulatory Compliance with Oracle Solution

BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines division implemented Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite to enable secure, simplified access for its 93,500 employees who require access for designing and building submarines over a 20-year lifecycle. The implementation allowed BAE Systems to secure user access to critical systems and enforce segregation of duties, Tanu Sood reports. Improved user efficiency resulted as did reduced service-desk requests by eliminating the need for employees to remember 20 to 30 passwords. The company was able to better manage regulatory issues by requiring a single source of truth to determine user access. Sood provides a link to a case study of the implementation.
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