Authentication & Identity

Identity and Access Management is at the heart of enterprise Information Technology. At Catalyst, we have broad and deep expertise in helping businesses in both the public and private sectors to securely and reliably integrate their applications with authentication and identity management solutions.

In addition to working with the best of breed open source solutions, we also have expertise integrating with Microsoft's Active Directory through SAMBAOne of our consultants can work with you to map your requirements and develop a solution that will meet your business requirements and integrate with your existing application framework.

Authentication Solutions

At Catalyst, we use a range of free and open source applications to provide enterprise authentication systems for organisations. Some of the tools we recommend and use include:

  • LDAP Director Services
  • Multi-factor Authentication solutions
  • IDP management, extension and customisation
  • SAML authentication solutions
  • Kerberos solutions
  • Shibboleth
  • Cloud-based authentication

CASE STUDY - IAM for Schools: Ministry of Education

Catalyst IT were the lead vendor for design, proof of concept and testing of components for the Schools IAM project. For this work the Ministry of Education brought together many different stakeholders (from schools, local fibre loop operators, system integrators, industry experts and Ministry staff) to identify and solve common problems, leading to a distributed yet co-ordinated, standards based approach to identity in compulsory sector education.


Identity Management and Directory Solutions

Catalyst works with large multi-national organisations and public sector clients, so we understand the challenges of secure, effective identity management across the enterprise. We are experienced in working with stringent security frameworks and ensuring that appropriate levels of access are balanced with high standards of user experience.

  • Granular and pragmatic access control
  • Easy and secure access mechanics
  • SSO (Single Sign-On) solutions including strategic architecture consulting
  • Identity brokering (eg, sign on with FacebookLinkedIn, et al)
  • Certificate management


RealMe is the New Zealand Government's secure, online tool for identity management. Catalyst has completed reference production implementations for RealMe for the following open source stacks:

  • PHP: Drupal, Moodle, Mahara and Tōtara
  • Java: Alfresco
  • Perl

Catalyst also developed the RealMe Address Verification Service IAP backed by New Zealand Post's address directory.