Liberty Alliance Announces September 8 Identity Assurance Workshop at DIDW 2008

Early Deployers of the Liberty Identity Assurance Framework to Review Business and Consumer Benefits of Standardized and Certified Identity Assurance Levels

Liberty Alliance, the global identity community working to build a more trustworthy internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today announced a September 8 Identity Assurance Workshop taking place from 1 – 3:00pm US PT at CSO Magazine’s Digital ID World 2008 in Anaheim CA. The interactive pre-conference event is hosted by early deployers of the Liberty Identity Assurance Framework (IAF) and is open to all individuals interested in learning how to drive trust into identity systems that are built using any federation protocol based on four standardized identity assurance levels and corresponding business and policy criteria outlined in the IAF.

Released as final on June 23, the IAF removes the need for organizations to “reinvent the wheel” each time they need to make trust decisions about the acceptance of identity credentials when adding new members and services to identity federations. Using a uniform definition of the security and privacy risks associated with each level of identity assurance, the IAF helps reduce the complexities and costs of advancing inter-federations that are secure and protect the personally identifiable information (PII) of people engaging in IAF-based federated transactions. The IAF is available for download.

According to Brett McDowell, executive director, Liberty Alliance, “The September 8 Identity Assurance Workshop will provide developers, federation operators, system integrators and organizations in every sector with the information they need to begin leveraging the IAF to build and deploy more successful identity federations.”

About the September 8 Liberty Identity Assurance Workshop

With participation from Frank Villavicencio, director, Citi’s Global Transaction Services and Alex Popowycz, vice president, Fidelity Investments, co-chairs of the global Liberty Identity Assurance Expert Group (IAEG), the workshop will detail use cases, current deployment scenarios and the roadmap for the Liberty Identity Assurance Framework. The event will include an update on the Liberty Alliance IAF certification program currently being developed within the Liberty Alliance IAEG and scheduled to be launched later this year. The workshop is free of charge and open to all DIDW participants and the public. Registration and more information is available.


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