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Nine Companies Successfully Pass First Liberty Alliance Conformance Test

Vendors, Manufacturers and Service Providers Prove Interoperability Among Liberty-Enabled Products and Services

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Washington, DC (Inside ID Conference) – The Liberty Alliance Project, a group developing open standards for federated network identity and identity-based web services, today announced products and services from nine companies have successfully passed the first Liberty-sponsored conformance test.

Ericsson, Nokia, NTT, NTT Communications, NTT Software, Phaos Technology, Ping Identity, Sun Microsystems and Trustgenix will be the first companies to have earned usage of the ‘Liberty Alliance interoperable’ logo. Customers’ ability to select products and services branded with this logo will not only save time and money in evaluating products, but will help in testing product performance, and most importantly, interoperating with trading partners.

“Companies purchasing a standards-based product often assume inherent interoperability, however, that is not always the case,” said Jeff Smith, chair of the Liberty Alliance conformance expert group. “We believe ease-of-interoperability is one of Liberty’s strongest assets, and we’ve created the conformance program to help increase buyer confidence, offer vendors a competitive differentiator for their products and help validate core functionality so that the purchaser can focus on other details specific to their market and/or deployment.”
Every product or service with the official Liberty-interoperable logo will have demonstrated successful implementation of the Liberty federated identity specifications during a Liberty-sponsored validation event. The implementations must successfully pass a series of tests created and published by the Liberty Alliance. The test suite is designed to validate each implementation's execution of the Liberty specifications’ core features and verify the ability to interoperate with at least two randomly designated partners.

At the conformance-test event held in Madrid, Spain during the week November 10-15, 2003, the following products and services demonstrated conformance with the Liberty Alliance Identity Federation Framework version 1.1.

· Ericsson – Ericsson USIS 1.0 product (User Session & Identity Server) is the core of the Ericsson identity management solutions for telecom operators. The main features of the product are session management, user identity management, user authentication and service authorization based on user profile. These are fundamental building blocks of operators’ service delivery platforms. The Ericsson USIS 1.0 product and associated identity management solutions will be released to the market during Q1 2004.

· Nokia – The Nokia WAP Gateway functions as a proxy which allows mobile phones that do not support the Liberty specifications to benefit from Liberty-enabled services. The Nokia WAP Gateway is expected to be commercially available during Q1 2004.

· NTT – NLS Version 1.1 is a single sign-on service platform for subscribers of new broadband network services provided by NTT group companies.

· NTT Communications – NCAP version 1.0 is the platform for a single sign-on service for NTT Communications' consumer users that will start mid-December. In addition to being Liberty-interoperable, it also has extensions required for carrier-scale operations.

· NTT Software – CSLGuard delivers the implementation of highly secured and federated web service which enables SSO through internal and external web servers. CSLGuard can save administrators from complicated identity management operations.

· Phaos - The Phaos Liberty Service Provider v1.0 and the Phaos Liberty Identity Provider v1.0 are available now and are built on industry standard J2EE technology and leverage Phaos' own FIPS 140-2 certified security platform. Both Liberty-enabled products can be deployed on all major commercial application servers including WebSphere 5.x, JBoss 3.2.2, and WebLogic 8.1.

· Ping Identity – SourceID.Java v1.1, available now for immediate download at www.sourceid.org, is a comprehensive open-source toolkit for deploying Liberty functionality in Java-based web applications. SourceID v1.1 supports BEA WebLogic, Apache Tomcat, Jboss with Jetty Servlet Container, Orion (used by Oracle 9iAS) and Websphere. SourceID 2.0 (2004), will build upon the SourceID v1.1 toolkit functionality to provide the extended enterprise with a highly extensible, multi-protocol, stand-alone federation server.

· Sun Microsystems – The Sun Java™ System Identity Server, available today, is built upon a developer-friendly J2EE-based architecture and features comprehensive identity management capabilities, such as role-based access control and delegated user administration. This enables customers to easily deploy effective federated identity implementations that deliver the right services to the right people at the right time on any device.

· Trustgenix — Trustgenix Federation Server™ (TFS) platform and IdentityBridge™ solution, both available now, provide easy-to-deploy federated identity management on top of existing identity management systems. IdentityBridge™ enables single sign-on, provisioning and privilege management in the extended enterprise. TFS 1.1 and IdentityBridge™ do not need a centralized user repository and can be deployed in days.

The Liberty Alliance will maintain a list of all products and services that have passed the conformance testing procedures and can bear the Liberty Alliance interoperable logo on its website at: www.projectliberty.org/conformance.

The Liberty Alliance will hold four conformance-testing events in 2004, with the next being held in Q1 2004. Interested parties should contact Liberty Alliance at info@projectliberty.org for logistics and registration information. The program is open to both members and non-members.

About the Liberty Alliance Project
The Liberty Alliance Project (www.projectliberty.org) is an alliance of more than 150 companies, non-profit and government organizations from around the globe. The consortium is committed to developing an open standard for federated network identity that supports all current and emerging network devices. Federated identity offers businesses, governments, employees and consumers a more convenient and secure way to control identity information in today’s digital economy, and is a key component in driving the use of e-commerce, personalized data services, as well as web-based services. Membership is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations.

If you are interested in seeing the full list of Liberty Alliance members or are interested in becoming a member, please visit us at www.projectliberty.org.

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Contact:

Tiffany van Gorder
Ketchum PR for Liberty Alliance
415-984-6192
tiffany.vangorder@ketchum.com