In The News

Identity next public sector battleground for Microsoft?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006
– Denmark's recent call for Microsoft Corp to support SAML for federated identity is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to public and private sector demand for such a move, according to the executive director of the Liberty Alliance. Brett McDowell told us he thinks there are some similarities between the Danish call for SAML support and the recent decision by Massachusetts to standardize on the non-Microsoft OpenDocument Format.

Sun and Nokia demo service-oriented identity

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
– Liberty Alliance, the consortium for developing open standards for federated identity, interoperable authentication and identity-enabled Web services, insisted today that its SAML 2.0-based identity standards are not just for enterprise applications.

Lucent Pushes Convergence Techs with Sun

Tuesday, April 04, 2006
– Lucent also announced at the show that it has signed on for a new industry standards effort that will promote the use of SIM card technology in mobile phones, along with the Liberty Alliance single sign-on guideline for providing mobile authentication for Web services and transactional systems.

NTT joins Liberty Alliance management board

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
– NTT has become the newest member of the management board of the Liberty Alliance Project, a global consortium developing open standards for federated identity, strong authentication, and ID-enabled Web services. This move comes as the deployment of such programs based on non-proprietary identity standards--such as SAML 2.0--is increasing in the mobile and a variety of other vertical market segments worldwide.

Best kept security secret: identity management is ready now

Sunday, March 19, 2006
– For John Jackson, director of software technology for General Motors, the question isn't whether to build an infrastructure for digital identity, but how to ensure that he has a firm foundation from which to start. As 2006 unfolds, many of Jackson's peers find themselves in a similar position. Across corporate America, identity management is running up the IT priority chart and into the New Data Center (NDC) security infrastructure. Jackson can't afford to make mistakes - nor can anyone else. Security, privacy and federal compliance issues are among the critical initiatives Detroit-based GM and others will tackle on the back of identity-management tools such as strong authentication, single sign-on (SSO), provisioning, password management, federation, auditing and tracking. In November 2005, Ponemon Institute, a research firm focused on information and privacy management, found the financial impact of data breaches ranged from nearly $500,000 to as high as $52 million for 14 companies studied.

Liberty Alliance helps fuel use of identity specs

Monday, March 13, 2006
– As the Liberty Alliance Project gathers momentum, industry insiders are expecting a sharp rise in the use of products and services that use Web identity-management specifications. On Tuesday, the Liberty Alliance Project said it expects the number of people and devices using federated identity specifications it endorses to top one billion this year. The one billion figure includes people who have created identities using the Liberty-endorsed specifications, plus devices and Web sites that use the protocols.

Liberty Alliance Sees 1 Billion Adopters

Monday, March 13, 2006
– In an ever expanding and interconnected business world, secure federated identities are absolutely important. Companies and individuals need reliable methods to maneuver through their networks safely. The Liberty Alliance developed a standard for interoperable federated identities and they expect to hit 1 billion identities by the end of the year.

User Names and Passwords No Longer Enough

Thursday, March 02, 2006
– Online banking is about to change. Due to concerns over online fraud, U.S. financial institutions are being pressured by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) to abandon single-factor authentication methods, such as user names and passwords.

Identity Theft Demystified

Monday, February 27, 2006
– Like so many things in today's complex world, taking a broad-brush approach to a difficult topic does a disservice to anyone who needs to know more. In the case of identity theft, that includes just about all of us. One of the primary goals of the ID Theft Prevention Special Interest Group is to provide a forum for frank and open discussion of the topic.

Big Brother Is Reading Your Blog

Monday, February 27, 2006
– The desire for beefed-up Net armor is giving rise to new social-networking software products and services. Roger Sullivan, vice-president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board, a digital-identity industry consortium of 150 companies including Oracle (ORCL) and Time Warner's (TWX) America Online, says some member companies plan to use software that enables users' personal Web pages to display different information depending on who is viewing them.

Liberty Alliance wins international support

Thursday, February 09, 2006
– The Liberty Alliance, an industry organisation dedicated to developing standards for online identity verification, has added 15 members. The sign-ups broaden the group's worldwide reach in the telecommunications, government and authentication sectors, the Liberty Alliance said on Wednesday. Fifteen companies from as diverse countries as Finland, Italy and New Zealand have signed up to try to make online authentication work.

Liberty Schema's Power to The People

Tuesday, January 10, 2006
– The Liberty Alliance has released the second version of its Web services framework, including the group's People Service for letting computer users securely access social applications such as blogs. Part of ID-WSF 2.0, the People Service allows enterprises and service providers to shuttle social software, such as blogs, instant messaging and photos, to consumers and enterprise users.

Liberty to unveil personal federated identity management

Sunday, January 08, 2006
– The Liberty ID-WSF People Service is a key component in the alliance’s ID-WSF 2.0 federated identity management specification. Federated identity management allows internet users to use a single sign-on procedure to access and share information across different websites and corporate intranets.

Liberty elects new officers to management board

Tuesday, January 03, 2006
– The Liberty Alliance, a consortium of end users and vendors developing identity standards, on Wednesday named new officers to its management board.

End-to-end identity management suites still coming together

Sunday, January 01, 2006
– The identity management market is one that we watch closely. And while it has yet to fully explode into the mainstream, 2005 saw it steadily gaining momentum. Identity is so compelling because it's far more than just a security technology. Authentication, fine-grained access control, and SSO (single sign-on) are all advantageous, but they only represent the tip of the iceberg of what an identity suite can accomplish.