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Anthony Doesburg: Bringing government services to the iPod generation

Monday, April 14, 2008
– The next big development in e-government should make the iPod generation feel at home. Called igovt, it's a service that will allow us to log on to government websites and securely do all manner of transactions.

Open-source identity scheme takes first steps

Thursday, March 13, 2008
– Concerned that the Web 2.0 craze is catching on faster than security can catch up, the OpenLiberty.org community has released an open source code library to write Web applications that protect users’ identities and increase security.

Group offers open source security code to Java developers

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
– Open source identity community OpenLiberty.org Monday announced the release of open source code to help Java developers build privacy and security features into their Web 2.0, component-based and mobile applications.

Liberty Alliance to set out qualification criteria for participating in federated identity networks

Thursday, January 17, 2008
– Identity management is as much about process as it is about technology. The definition of identity assurance levels, and the procedures that are needed to satisfy each level, go a long way towards making it possible for organisations that want to provide identity services, or to use these services, to align their business processes and to formalise their interactions. The four security levels used by Liberty are based on current US government practice. The launch should help to put some political and business momentum behind the standards and reinforce Liberty's standing.

BT Joins Liberty Alliance Board to Promote Federated Identity Management

Thursday, January 17, 2008
– Robert Temple, vice-president of security technologies at the BT Group Chief Technology Office, said, "BT is expanding its role in Liberty Alliance to help drive a secure and privacy-respecting internet identity layer across applications, industries and regions."

SAML-compliant products named

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
– The Liberty Alliance has certified the first set of products that meet the General Services Administration's profile for using the Security Access Markup Language. Agencies can use these products to participate in the GSA's E-Authentication Identity Federation. In October, the agency announced that products used in the initiative must pass Liberty Alliance interoperability testing.

Liberty Alliance Unveils Improved SAML Certification

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
– Thanks to a new full-matrix interoperability testing methodology from The Drummond Group, HP, IBM, RSA, Sun Microsystems and Symlabs can claim full interoperability with each other and every other company that passes the Drummond tests is guaranteed to work with all of the previously certified vendors.

Secret identity: Solving the privacy puzzle in a federated model

Wednesday, December 05, 2007
– Governments face a dilemma. As more and more services move online, identifying and authenticating citizens in cyber-space are becoming more difficult. Citizens want one-stop service but they also want assurances their personal information is kept private. Sharing information across jurisdictions can create seamless service delivery, but government entities must ensure they are dealing with the same person.

Liberty Alliance releases federated identity framework

Thursday, November 29, 2007
– The Liberty Alliance identity technology consortium has issued a draft framework that organizations could use to share identity information for electronic transactions. The Alliance’s Identity Assurance Expert Group developed the Liberty Identity Assurance Framework. The alliance is seeking feedback on the draft.

GSA Signs on with SAML

Sunday, November 18, 2007
– The government’s push toward E-Authentication and federated identity management has given a boost to the Security Assertion Markup Language, industry analysts say. In a recent research report, Gartner concluded that the federal commitment to SAML bolsters mainstream adoption of the language. “The U.S. government’s adoption puts considerable weight behind the standard and its continued adoption and maturation,” the report states.

Liberty Alliance Intros IAF

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
– Liberty Alliance today announced the public release of the Liberty Identity Assurance Framework (IAF). The IAF has been developed by Liberty’s Identity Assurance Expert Group (IAEG) to simplify and speed the deployment of identity federations by standardizing identity assurance levels and the certification process for all identity assurance service providers participating in federated relationships. Liberty Alliance will hold a public webcast to review the Identity Assurance Framework on Thursday, November 29 at 8:00AM US PT.

Liberty Alliance Touts Identity Assurance Framework

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
– The IAF is designed to simplify and speed the deployment of identity federations by standardising identity assurance levels and the certification process for all identity assurance service providers participating in federated relationships. Developed by members of the Liberty Alliance Identity Assurance Expert Group representing the financial services, government, healthcare, IT and telecoms sectors, the IAF is designed to meet cross-industry requirements for baseline identity assurance policy standards for all public and private sector federations.

GSA taps Liberty Alliance for E-Authentication interops testing

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
– 1.MEDIA – Government Computer News – 10/30
The General Services Administration has chosen the Liberty Alliance consortium to do SAML 2.0 interoperability testing for products in its E-Authentication Solution program.



Securing Very Important Data: Your Own

Monday, October 08, 2007
– Another project, the Identity Governance Framework, aims to help organizations comply with national and international regulations, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It establishes a new approach for securely sharing and auditing sensitive personal information, and has been widely embraced by major enterprise software vendors as well as providers of identity technology.

NZ Government joint identity award winner

Thursday, September 27, 2007
– The State Services Commission's authentication programme has collected a global Identity Deployment of the Year award. The awards, one of four from global identity consortium Liberty Alliance, were announced at Digital ID World 2007.