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With well over one billion Liberty enabled identities and devices already deployed, there can be no doubt that Liberty’s identity specifications are the world’s most widely deployed standards for managing non-proprietary federated identity management and identity-enabled Web services.

This is about demonstrating Liberty’s leadership in open federation and identity-enabled Web services deployments. With more than one billion Liberty enabled identities and devices already, there can be no doubt that Liberty’s identity specifications are the world’s most widely deployed standards for managing non-proprietary federated identity management and identity-enabled Web services.

This number includes the identities of individuals around the world logging into Liberty-enabled Web sites using Liberty Federation as well as the many enterprise and consumer devices, such as smart cards, computers and mobile phones that currently support Liberty’s identity specifications in open federation and identity-enabled Web services deployments.

Liberty Federation is 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 within a Circle of Trust 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 and is allowing enterprises and organizations around the world to manage identity information easier and more cost effectively.

Organizations and enterprises in a variety of vertical market segments are deploying Liberty Federation and Liberty Web services in B2B, B2G and B2C scenarios. For example, HP is deploying an average of 700,000 enterprise and consumer facing Liberty- enabled identities a month in order to provide more secure and privacy respecting consumer and enterprise identity-based services. Nokia has equipped over twenty five million phones with Liberty Web Services to provide consumers and enterprise users with new and secure mobile applications. And governments around the world are deploying Liberty Federation to allow citizens to easily access information within a secure and privacy-respecting framework. These are among the many deployments of Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services taking place around the world today.

Federation has become an industry requirement for linking identity information within an organization and among partners, suppliers and customers around the world. This is largely because federated identity management allows organizations to securely manage identity information easier, faster and more cost effectively. By focusing on adoption, Liberty is demonstrating how Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services are delivering these real business benefits to consumers, enterprises and governments today.

Consumer-facing applications based on Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services are an important part of Liberty’s adoption momentum. As consumers increasingly rely on mobile phones, computers, TVs and cameras for managing a variety of applications and services, Liberty Federation is providing the open framework for linking identity information across networks and devices based on security and privacy controls established by the user. Consumer-facing deployments of Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services are expanding rapidly and represent a significant part of Liberty’s overall momentum story.

While Liberty is responsible for having the technology for open federation in place, organizations need more than technology alone to ensure the widest possible deployment of successful federated identity solutions. A Circle of Trust refers to the many business, legal and privacy policies that govern federation both within an organization and among all of the participants in the federated network. Liberty’s Public Policy Expert Group (PPEG) recently released the industry’s first business and policy guidelines to help organizations facilitate the development and deployment of Circles of Trust.

Liberty is the only global identity organization with a history of testing products to ensure true interoperability of identity specifications, including SAML 2.0. Over seventy identity products and solutions from multiple vendors have passed interoperability testing since Liberty launched its conformance program in 2003. This wide scale availability of interoperable Liberty-enabled products is playing an important role in expanding Liberty’s adoption momentum by helping organizations deploy federation and open identity-enabled Web services faster and more successfully. Widely deployed Liberty-enabled products are also providing the open federated infrastructure required for deploying interoperable multi-factor authentication as work from Liberty’s Strong Authentication Group Progresses.

Liberty Federation consists of ID-FF 1.1, 1.2 and SAML 2.0 specifications. SAML 2.0, the current version of Security Markup Language and the culmination of work stemming from OASIS, Liberty Alliance and the Shibboleth Project, has become the "de-facto" industry standard for exchanging security information in open federated network and identity enable Web services deployments. Liberty initially defined ID-FF as an extension of SAML 1.0 (and later SAML 1.1). These extensions have now been contributed back into SAML 2.0 and going forward, SAML 2.0 will be the basis on which Liberty builds additional federated identity applications. As organizations increasingly migrate to SAML 2.0, the technology is playing a strategic role in Liberty's overall adoption and deployment momentum.

In 2005 Liberty expanded its conformance program to include SAML 2.0 and since then products from numerous organizations (both members and non-members) have passed Liberty's SAML 2.0 interoperability testing.

Yes, Liberty has always had a philosophy of “not reinventing the wheel” when it comes to developing identity specifications and regularly incorporates work from other standards bodies into its standards based on member and industry requirements for open identity solutions. Likewise, other standards bodies such as 3GPP, OMA and TVAnytime are moving to incorporate Liberty specifications into their own output. The adoption of Liberty specifications by other standards organizations is significantly expanding Liberty’s deployment momentum in vertical markets worldwide.

Liberty has established a section on our Web site devoted to entirely to adoption and deployment momentum .This site includes specifics about deployments, vertical segments and member product descriptions used in deployments and having passed Liberty interoperability testing. The site is updated regularly with new deployments and case studies.