NTT has become the newest member of the management board of the Liberty Alliance Project, a global consortium developing open standards for federated identity, strong authentication, and ID-enabled Web services. This move comes as the deployment of such programs based on non-proprietary identity standards–such as SAML 2.0–is increasing in the mobile and a variety of other vertical market segments worldwide.
Move comes as deployments of Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services increase worldwide
The Liberty Alliance Project, the global consortium developing open standards for federated identity, interoperable strong authentication and identity-enabled Web services, today announced Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) as the newest member of the Liberty Alliance management board. NTT joins management board members from AOL, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, France Telecom, General Motors, HP, IBM, Intel, Novell, Oracle, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems and Vodafone in driving the strategic direction of Liberty Alliance on a global basis.
NTT has been a member of Liberty Alliance for the past four years and is active in a number of Liberty programs including Liberty’s Technology Expert Group (TEG), the Japan Special Interest Group, the Strong Authentication Expert Group (SAEG), the Payments Special Interest Group and the Identity Theft Prevention Group. NTT regularly participates in Liberty’s conformance events and has products available today that are among the over seventy identity solutions from multiple vendors that have passed interoperability testing for Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services.
The addition of NTT to Liberty’s management board comes at a time when the adoption of Liberty’s open identity standards and user-centric identity management capabilities are increasing around the world. With organizations deploying Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services across vertical market segments, Liberty expects that there will be well over one billion Liberty-enabled identities and devices by the end of this year, with nearly 700 million in the global telecom and service provider sectors.
“As momentum for Liberty’s open user-centric management capabilities continues to grow, we welcome NTT to the Liberty Alliance management board,” said George Goodman, president of the Liberty Alliance management board and director, Platform Capabilities Lab at Intel. “With today’s news, NTT has expanded its relationship within Liberty to further advance the deployment of Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services worldwide .”
About the Liberty Alliance Project
The Liberty Alliance Project is a global alliance of companies, non-profit and government organizations developing open standards for federated network identity, interoperable strong authentication (ID-SAFE) and Web services. Liberty Federation, which consists of ID-FF 1.1, 1.2 and SAML 2.0 specifications, and Liberty Web Services, which consists of ID-WSF 1.0, 1.1, provide consumers and organizations with a more convenient and secure way to control online identity information. A list of deploying organizations along with details about deployments in vertical market segments is available at http://www.projectliberty.org/about/marketadoption.php http://www.projectliberty.org/about/marketadoption.php . Liberty Alliance is the only global identity organization with a Public Policy Expert Group (PPEG) offering guidance and best practices on privacy within all Liberty deployments. Membership in Liberty Alliance is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations. A full list of members, as well as information about how to become a member, is available at www.projectliberty.org/membership.