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Keycloak - Identity and Access Management for Modern Applications

By : Stian Thorgersen, Pedro Igor Silva
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Keycloak - Identity and Access Management for Modern Applications

By: Stian Thorgersen, Pedro Igor Silva

Overview of this book

Implementing authentication and authorization for applications can be a daunting experience, often leaving them exposed to security vulnerabilities. Keycloak is an open-source solution for identity management and access management for modern applications, which can make a world of difference if you learn how to use it. Keycloak, helping you get started with using it and securing your applications. Complete with hands-on tutorials, best practices, and self-assessment questions, this easy-to-follow guide will show you how to secure a sample application and then move on to securing different application types. As you progress, you will understand how to configure and manage Keycloak as well as how to leverage some of its more advanced capabilities. Finally, you'll gain insights into securely using Keycloak in production. By the end of this book, you will have learned how to install and manage Keycloak as well as how to secure new and existing applications.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with Keycloak
Section 2: Securing Applications with Keycloak
Section 3: Configuring and Managing Keycloak
Section 4: Security Considerations

Understanding why SAML 2.0 is still relevant

Security Assertion Markup Language 2.0 (SAML 2.0) is a mature and robust protocol for authentication and authorization. It is very widely used to enable single sign-on within enterprise and other domains, such as education and government. It was ratified as an OASIS Standard in March 2005, so has been around for a considerable amount of time.

SAML 2.0 is very widely available within enterprise applications, enabling you to easily allow your existing users to authenticate to new applications you wish to deploy. Not only is it available in self-hosted applications, but it is also available as an option for a large number of Software-as-a-Service solutions, such as Salesforce, Google Apps, and Office 365. For enterprises, this is a great option when choosing hosted solutions in the cloud as it quickly enables you to allow all your employees access to these solutions, without having to create accounts for each individual employee.