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Aetna, Citi, Deutsche Telekom AG and UNINETT Win 2008 Liberty Alliance IDDY Awards

Identity-Enabled Applications in the Healthcare, Financial Services, Telecom and Open Source Sectors Receive Identity Deployment of the Year Awards Liberty Alliance – July 17, 2008 -- Liberty Alliance, the global identity community working to build a more trust-worthy internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today announced Aetna, Citi, Deutsche Telekom AG and UNINETT have won the 2008 IDDY (Identity Deployment of the Year) Award.

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SAML 2.0 Information Card Token Profile

A draft version of the SAML 2.0 Information Card Token Profile has been submitted to the OASIS Security Services (SAML) TC. "Microsoft has defined a set of profiles for acquring and delivering security tokens, collectively referred to as 'Information Card' technology. These profiles are agnostic with respect to the format and semantics of a security token, but interoperability between issuing and relying parties cannot be achieved without additional rules governing the creation and use of the tokens exchanged.

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Liberty Alliance issues guidelines for standardized identity assurance, privacy controls

The Liberty Alliance today released the first versions of two key specifications aimed at taking some of the work and doubt out of federated identity schemes.

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Project Concordia shows important step in Federation Interoperability

At the recent RSA conference in San Francisco in the second week of April, several vendors demonstrated new interoperability between previously incompatible federation protocols. Through Project Concordia, a new project co-sponsored by the Liberty Alliance and several other vendors, several profiles were shown that showed seamless integration of SAML, WS-Federation and CardSpace. This demonstration is significant, because it shows that vendors, especially Microsoft, are bowing to increased pressure from customers to focus on interoperability.

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Public review begins for Subject Profiles for SAML 1.1 Assertions

The OASIS Security Services (SAML) TC has approved Subject-Based Profiles for SAML 1.1 Assertions as a Committee Draft and submitted it for public review. The profile places constraints on SAML 1.1 subjects and assertions so that they have properties similar to SAML 2.0 subjects and assertions. This public review ends 12 Aug.

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