The Liberty Alliance Project has announced a new programme to validate products and services that have successfully implemented the Liberty Alliance standards for federated network identity. The new certification programme will help vendors, integrators and implementers ensure interoperability between Liberty-enabled solutions.
The Liberty Alliance Project (LAP) is an alliance of more than 160 companies, non-profit and government organizations from around the globe.
The consortium is committed to developing an open standard for federated network identity that supports all current and emerging network devices. Federated identity offers businesses, employees and consumers a more convenient and secure way to control identity information in today’s digital economy, and is a key component in driving the use of e-commerce, personalized data services, as well as web-based services.
“Businesses, governments and other organizations want solutions based on open, mature industry standards that will cut integration costs and guarantee the long-term viability of their investment,” says Michael Barrett, president of the Liberty Alliance management board and VP of internet strategy at American Express.
“Standards are often open to interpretation which can harm confidence in complete interoperability. With the growing maturity and adoption of the Alliance’s specifications, our work needs to focus now on alleviating the business complexity of implementing identity federation.”
The new programme will provide a third-party reference point for both technology vendor and implementer expectations. It awards usage of the Liberty Alliance interoperability logo to products and services that conform with a stated version of the Liberty specifications.
The vendors claiming to conform must participate in a Liberty-sponsored interoperability event, following published guidelines to prove compatibility with other Liberty-enabled products and compliance with the Liberty standard. The programme is open to members and non-members.
“We’ve seen a growing demand from a wide variety of vertical markets express interest in LAP (Liberty Alliance Platform) conformance,” comments Roger Sullivan, president and CEO of Phaos Technologies and chair of the Liberty Alliance certification sub-team: “We believe the ability to demonstrate proven support for the Liberty standard will be important to potential buyers and users.”
Liberty Alliance’s specifications and associated implementation guidelines offer features that enable organizations to build more efficient, secure and trusted identity-based web services. The ability to deploy an environment that promotes confidence and trust with employees, partners and customers will help advance the promise of single sign-on and web services.
“Global businesses are faced with increasing demand to more securely manage multiple products and systems as the number of users accessing web applications grows,” says Ray Wagner, research director, Gartner Inc: “Standards initiatives that promote cross-vendor interoperability have a strong potential to enable implementers to lower overall costs and more fully realize the opportunity of web services. The creation of standards-based products may benefit vendors as well by promoting trust and confidence among potential buyers and partners.”
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