Liberty Alliance endorses new ID products

Following testing, the Alliance has confirmed that all the latest batch of products conform to interoperability standards for Liberty Federation
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The Liberty Alliance has signed off the latest batch of identity and authentication products, from vendors IBM, NEC, NTT and RSA, to pass its stringent interoperability tests.

At a five-day testing event in Tokyo, the products proved they conform to interoperability standards for Liberty Federation, the Alliance's specifications for open federated identity (Liberty ID-FF 1.2 and/or SAML 2.0).

"Only when identity products from multiple vendors interoperate will organisations be able to realise all of the benefits of wide-scale federation," stated Timo Skytta, vice-president of the Liberty Alliance.

"Since Liberty launched the programme in 2003, identity products that have passed interoperability testing have been deployed extensively in a variety of industries and vertical market segments worldwide," Roger Sullivan, chair of the Liberty Alliance conformance programme, said in a statement.

Tim Pickard, strategic marketing director at RSA Security, told ZDNet UK's sister site, silicon.com: "As a long-awaited convergence point between SAML, Liberty and Sibboleth specifications, SAML 2.0 represents the foundation by which federation interoperability will be managed for the foreseeable future."

Pickard described the announcement as representing "important developments in the progress of federation as a key element of a secure and connected Web infrastructure that will enable users around the globe".

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