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CA to hand over Open Security Exchange to IEEE

Three months after launching a cross-industry group to develop standards for integrating physical and information technology security, Computer Associates will hand over the management of that group to the Industry Standards and Technology Organization (ISTO).

The ISTO, which was spun off of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1999,  will assume administrative control of the Open Security Exchange (OSE), providing staff and resources to manage the finances and logistics of the group, according to Greg Kohn, director of industry programs at ISTO.

IEEE-ISTO management will make the OSE more open and public and advance the development of integrated security management standards, according to CA senior vice-president Ron Moritz.

IEEE-ISTO handles day-to-day operations so that group members can focus on developing both the specifications and support for their standards in the community, Kohn said.

Computer Associates will retain its chairmanship of the organisation under CA director of security product management Piers McMahon.

CA unveiled the OSE at the RSA Conference in April. The organisation brought leading companies in the physical security industry together with CA to develop security management standards and best practices.

OSE members include HID, a maker of access control cards and readers, smart card provider Gemplus International, fire and security alarm company Tyco International and private investigation firm Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, part of Securitas.

Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service


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