Liberty Alliance drafts ID standard for web services

The Liberty Alliance Project has released a draft version of the latest standard for web services technology.

The Liberty Alliance Project has released a draft version of the latest standard for web services technology.

The alliance is a global consortium of large suppliers and users developing an open and secure identity standard for web trading.

The group has now launched ID-WSF 2.0, which supports SAML 2.0 from fellow web services standards body the Organisation for Advancement of Structured Information Sciences (Oasis).

SAML (security assertions mark-up language) defines a framework for communicating security and identity information between IT systems, with SAML providing improved security in XML (extensible mark-up language).

Gerry Gebel, an analyst at Burton Group, said, "SAML 2.0 is a significant convergence point in the evolution of federation standards. It’s important that vendors and other organisations involved in the standards development process provide a clear roadmap to support this latest version of SAML."

The alliance plans other enhancements to its standard later this year.

Alliance members include Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Novell, NTT, Intel and Sun Microsystems.

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