Liberty Alliance Project -January 5, 2005- Liberty Alliance, the global consortium for open federated identity standards and identity Web based services, today announced that George Goodman, director of Intel’s Platform Virtualization Lab, has been elected as the new president for the Liberty Alliance Management Board. Goodman has served as a member of the Management Board since Intel joined the Liberty Alliance in March 2004.
Liberty ’s growing global membership base puts the organization in a unique position to drive continued adoption and convergence. The diverse composition of the Management Board assures that identity issues are dealt with across business, policy and technology arenas.
The 2005 Board is comprised of the following sixteen companies: American Express, AOL, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, France Telecom, General Motors, HP, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Novell, Oracle, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, VeriSign, and Vodafone Group. Oracle and RSA Security are new board members.
In 2005, Liberty will also continue work on defining and solving business and policy issues, particularly in the areas of trust and identity assurance. Output from this work will be available in the form of business guidelines, policy frameworks, best practices and white papers. In addition, global end-user organizations representing multiple industries will be featured in a series of federated identity management case studies. Since Liberty shipped Web services specifications in 2003 and now that several member organizations have implemented projects based on these specifications, Web services case studies and other output on this topic will also be available in the coming year.
“Liberty is the place where identity business, policy and technology issues are continually addressed in concrete, solid ways. With a membership that includes leading banks, non-profits, end-users, mobile providers, technology companies and others, we’re in the unique position of being able to identify and address the problems that need to be solved from multiple perspectives,” said Goodman. “As any organization in the ‘technology trenches’ knows, experience is an excellent teacher. Our membership has deployed open standards- based federated identity management solutions around the world. These companies are uniquely suited to address many of today’s identity management challenges and questions based simply on having been there first.”
At Intel, where Goodman is Director of the Platform Virtualization Lab in Intel’s Corporate Technology Group, he oversees the exploration and definition of technologies to expand and improve the value of Intel computing platforms. His work includes finding ways for Intel platforms to support the management of software and hardware “identities” in ways that help users experience more flexible, capable and trusted computing environments.
The president’s post is a one-year position and Goodman succeeds Michael Barrett, vice president of security strategy at American Express. Barrett will remain on the Management Board for the Alliance , serving in the capacity of vice president alongside Timo Skytta, senior manager in Nokia’s Technology Platform unit, who will be serving as a vice president as well.
About the Liberty Alliance
Liberty Alliance (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.
“Intel joined Liberty Alliance to help the organization’s solid federated identity management solutions reach more capable, robust client platforms, which we’ve definitely achieved in 2004,” Goodman said. “Liberty Alliance is the only organization driving a truly open specification process. Our task going forward is to look at how Liberty can support, promote and work with other existing standards projects to strengthen the emerging identity infrastructure. We look forward to 2005 being the year of convergence.”