Liberty Alliance Schedules Four Public Interactive Webcasts to Review and Finalize Identity Assurance Framework Criteria

Consortium Releases Updated Version of the IAF as Organizations Worldwide Participate in Review and Development Process

Liberty Alliance – February 13, 2008 — Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium working to build a more trusted internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today released the latest version of the Liberty Identity Assurance Framework (IAF). Liberty Alliance is also announcing four public webcasts, each designed to review and gather industry input into primary sections of the IAF as the Framework moves to final during 2Q of this year. The latest version of the IAF is based on recent input from over 40 representatives from the global financial services, government, telecom, healthcare, system integrator and technology sectors and is available for additional review and comment.

The IAF is a policy-based organizational framework being developed collaboratively within the Liberty Alliance Identity Assurance Expert Group and corresponding public special interest group to advance trusted identity federations based on standardized and certified identity assurance levels. Each with a different moderator, the public webcasts will begin on February 20 when Common Organization Service Assessment Criteria will be reviewed, followed by Credential Management Service Assessment Criteria on March 5, Identity Proofing Service Assessment Criteria on March 12 and Certification/Accreditation Business Rules on March 26. All of the webcasts begin at 8:00am US PT.

“With the launch of the interactive webcast series, the global identity community has a significant opportunity to help drive the next phase of IAF development,” said Brett McDowell, executive director, Liberty Alliance. “Liberty Alliance encourages federation operators and all organizations planning to build or expand identity federations to attend the webcast events.”

About the IAF and IAF Webcast Series

Based on the Electronic Authentication Partnership Trust Framework derived from the NIST Special Publication 800-63 and now enhanced and updated by the Liberty’s IAEG, the IAF fills cross-industry requirements for baseline identity assurance policy standards for all public and private sector federations. The IAF defines four identity assurance levels based on a comprehensive set of process and policy criteria required to meet each level of assurance and goes on to define the standard assessment criteria, accreditation and certification rules for federating organizations to meet each of the four levels of assurance. Liberty Alliance expects to launch an identity assurance accreditation and certification program based on IAF criteria during mid-2008. Background and registration information for the four public IAF webcasts is available.


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