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Liberty Alliance improves identity management with two new standards

Antony Savvas

The Liberty Alliance identity standards organisation has released the first versions of the Identity Assurance Framework (IAF)and the Identity Governance Framework (IGF).

The two standardised frameworks are designed to fill cross-industry requirements for driving trust into enterprise and user-driven Web 2.0 identity-enabled applications.

The IAF fills cross industry requirements for policy criteria to allow organisations to link identity systems together based on a uniform definition of the security and privacy risks associated with four levels of identity assurance.

Liberty Alliance intends to launch an IAF identity assurance accreditation and certification program during the third quarter of this year.

"The Liberty Identity Assurance Framework provides federation operators and organisations in every sector with an industry standard for moving multi-protocol federations ahead based on trusted identity assurance levels," said Frank Villavicencio, co-chair of the Liberty Identity Assurance Expert Group and director for Citigroup Global Transaction Services.

"The IAF delivers the business and policy foundation developers, businesses and system integrators can now begin to use to more easily build and deploy a wide variety of new federated services and enterprise-grade Web 2.0 applications," he said.

The newly released IGF is the industry's first programmatic and auditable open-standards-based framework, said Liberty.

It helps organisations meet regulatory requirements by allowing enterprises to more easily determine and control how identity information - including personally identifiable information - is used and stored across diverse systems.

This helps to ensure the information is easily auditable and not abused, compromised or misplaced.

"The first release of the Liberty Identity Governance Framework is a significant proof point in demonstrating how Liberty Alliance is committed to delivering the policy-based systems organisations needed to build and deploy more successful enterprise and Web 2.0 applications," said Brett McDowell, executive director of the Liberty Alliance.





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