Liberty Alliance Announces Latest Companies to Pass SAML 2.0 Interoperability Testing

Entrust, HP, Oracle and Ping Identity drive the number of identity products passing Liberty Alliance interoperability testing to nearly 75

Liberty Alliance – September 5, 2006 — Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium working to build a more trusted Internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that identity products from Entrust, HP, Oracle and Ping Identity have passed Liberty Alliance testing for SAML 2.0 interoperability. Products from these companies join the nearly 75 identity products and solutions from vendors around the world that have now passed interoperability testing since Liberty Alliance launched its Liberty Interoperable™ program in 2003.

“Proven interoperability of products based on Liberty’s open and interoperable identity specifications is playing an important role in advancing solutions that put users in control of their online identity information,” said George Goodman, president of the Liberty Alliance management board and director of the platform capabilities lab at Intel. “We welcome products from Entrust, HP, Oracle and Ping Identity to the growing list of Liberty Interoperable products that are helping to deliver a more trusted and privacy-respecting Internet to businesses, governments and consumers around the world.”

Passing Liberty Alliance interoperability testing is increasingly becoming a requirement for vendors to participate in requests for proposals (RFPs) issued by governments and enterprises deploying open identity solutions. This is because organizations and system integrators know they can trust that identity products passing Liberty Alliance testing will deploy quickly and can immediately interoperate with other Liberty-enabled technologies. Products that have passed Liberty Alliance interoperability testing are deployed extensively in a variety of vertical segments. A snapshot of organizations deploying Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services is available at https://projectliberty.org/about/marketadoption.php

At the Liberty Interoperable conformance event held in Piscattaway, NJ, during the week of July 24, 2006, the following products and services demonstrated interoperability with Liberty Federation (Liberty Identity Federation 1.2 and SAML 2.0) specifications:

Entrust – Entrust GetAccess (TM) centrally manages access to multiple applications through a single portal, providing users with single sign-on to the applications and content they are authorized to view. The Entrust GetAccess solution supports interoperable SAML 2.0 identity federation capabilities. This provides seamless integration with an organization’s web partners and affiliates, allowing web SSO deployment to more closely mirror the requirements of business partnerships. The Security Assertions Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 specification is an important evolution of Entrust GetAccess, as it provides a standard way to define user authentication, authorization and attribute information in federated cross-domain Web and Web Services communications.

HP – HP OpenView Select Federation enables the sharing and management of user identities across business boundaries. Linking identity accounts using industry standards, Select Federation reduces administrative cost and time, while enabling trusted business relationships. HP OpenView Select Federation provides unique privacy management capabilities by allowing opt-in user control to help meet personal, corporate and regulatory privacy requirements.

Oracle – Oracle® Identity Management 10g is hot-pluggable and provides a comprehensive set of access control, identity administration, provisioning, directory services and identity federation capabilities. Oracle Identity Management supports the SAML 2.0, SAML 1.1, SAML 1.0, Liberty ID-FF 1.2, Liberty ID-FF 1.1 and WS-Federation specifications enabling management of identities securely across domains using a standards-based approach.

Ping Identity – PingFederate 4 is a standalone federated identity server for enabling Web single sign-on to online services for employees, customers and business partners. Easy to install, configure, deploy and scale, PingFederate 4 integrates and coexists with home-grown and commercial Identity Management deployments. PingFederate 4 reduces complexity, cost, and time-to-production through tightly integrated support for SAML 2.0, SAML 1.1, SAML 1.0 and WS-Federation.

“Without exception, SAML 2.0 has become the ‘standard-of-choice’ for governments and enterprises deploying non-proprietary and interoperable 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. “The success of the Liberty Interoperable program is demonstrating the wide scale demand for SAML 2.0-based identity products that deliver real business value quickly.”

Liberty Alliance maintains a list of all products that have passed interoperability testing at https://projectliberty.org/activities/conformant_products.php. Liberty’s next conformance event will take place in France during the week of December 4th, 2006.

About the Liberty Interoperable™ Program

The Liberty Interoperable Program validates implementations of 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 specifications. Implementations must interoperate with at least two other vendor implementations through a series of tests designed to exhaustively exercise specification features in a real-world deployment setting. Vendors interested in participating in interoperability testing should contact Liberty Alliance at info@projectliberty.org. Liberty’s Interoperable Program is open to both member and non-member organizations.

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