Widescale adoption of Liberty Alliance’s identity standards

By : |April 16, 2006 0

NEW DELHI: The Liberty Alliance Project, the global consortium developing open standards for federated identity, interoperable strong authentication and identity-enabled Web services, has announced new identity management deployments worldwide and the expansion of its global deployment workshop programs designed to help organizations around the world deploy successful open identity solutions faster and on the widest possible scale.

With the adoption of Liberty identity standards steadily increasing, Liberty Alliance expects that there will be well over one billion Liberty-enabled identities and devices by the end of 2006. This number includes the identities of individuals around the world logging into Liberty-enabled Web sites as well as the many enterprise and consumer devices, such as smart cards, cameras, computers and mobile phones, that currently support Liberty’s user-centric identity management capabilities in open federation and identity-enabled Web services deployments.

Based on ongoing global research conducted by Liberty Alliance, Liberty Federation, which consists of ID-FF 1.1, 1.2 and SAML 2.0 specifications, and Liberty Web Services, which consists of ID-WSF 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0, are deployed extensively around the world in a variety of vertical market segments.

“With over one billion Liberty-enabled identities and devices expected this year, Liberty Alliance specifications are the world’s most widely deployed standards for managing successful identity solutions,” said George Goodman, president of the Liberty Alliance management board and director, Platform Capabilities Lab at Intel. “There is a wide scale acceptance of Liberty’s identity specifications as the ‘standard-of-choice’ for organizations deploying open federation, identity-enabled Web services and user-centric identity solutions.”

Liberty Federation provides deployers with the industry standard for solving the many authentication, privacy and security challenges surrounding online identity management. Liberty Federation allows consumers and users of Internet-based services and e-commerce applications to authenticate and sign-on once, and then visit multiple Web sites in a federated network without having to repeat the authorization process again. The federated identity model provides consumers with a more convenient online experience, increased privacy and better protection against fraud and identity theft.

Interoperability of identity products and solutions from multiple vendors is playing an important role in advancing the adoption of Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services. Liberty is the only global identity organization with a history of testing products and solutions from multiple vendors for true interoperability of identity specifications.

Expansion of Deployment Workshops

Deployment workshops are held around the world and are designed to educate participants about the many business benefits of open federation and to help organizations facilitate the development of Circles of Trust, the business, legal and privacy issues governing federation.

Liberty began holding deployment workshops last year, sponsoring events in the US and Europe and has since held additional workshops in Barcelona, Berlin and Paris.

Identity Workshops

Identity workshops are designed to help organizations better manage many of today’s most pressing identity issues. These workshops address industry-wide and vertical-specific identity challenges in a collaborative environment where dialogue and ideas for solving identity challenges are freely shared among participants.

“As momentum for Liberty’s open identity specifications continues to build, there can be no doubt that Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services are allowing organizations to deploy more secure and privacy-respecting identity solutions,” said Roger Sullivan, vice president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board and vice president of business development for Oracle’s Identity Management solutions. “

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