Standards Organisations Join Forces to Address Identity Challenges in the Security, Financial and Mo

Thursday 18 March 2004 15:11 CET | News

The Liberty Alliance has announced new relationships with six global alliances.

Network Applications Consortium (NAC), Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), Open Security Exchange (OSE), PayCircle, SIMalliance and WLAN Smart Card consortium are working collaboratively with the Liberty Alliance, demonstrating that federated identity is a key enabler in everything from mobile payments and on-demand networking to integrating electronic and physical security systems. In the mobile and financial arena, PayCircle ( is working with Liberty to combine federated identity and mobile payment expertise to promote new successful business models that generate revenue for service providers and better protect users. PayCircle, which has signed a liaison agreement with the Liberty Alliance, is a consortium defining open, standardised and secure APIs for mobile payments regardless of the payment system. OMA (, the WLAN Smart Card consortium (, and the SIMalliance ( have also established liaison agreements with Liberty to further expand federated identitys use in the mobile ecosystem. OMA is a global organisation delivering specifications for all types of interoperable mobile service enablers, while the SIMalliance and WLAN Smart Card consortium are specifically addressing security challenges in the mobile space. The WLAN Smart Card consortium focuses on secure mobility management by defining and promoting specifications for worldwide access to wireless LAN networks. On the other hand, the SIMalliance is addressing the Security Identification Module (SIM) cards role in energising the next generation of mobile services. In October 2003, Radicchio, a cross-industry initiative for secure m-commerce, chose to contribute all its existing work in the area of mobile data services to the Liberty Alliance for further development. This included its Trusted Transaction Roaming platform -- t2r -- developed with the support of partners like the European Commission and ETSI. Liberty is More than Mobile Identity is a foundational element of any relationship - both in the physical and virtual world. As identities become inextricably linked to personal attributes, roles, permissions and processes, relationships and the security to protect those relationships will become more complex. The Open Security Exchange ( is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organisation (ISTO). Formed in 2003, the global consortium is creating standards aimed at integrating the management of physical and cyber security, delivering best practice guidelines that enable organisations to more efficiently mitigate risk, optimise their security postures and enforce privacy policies. The OSE is composed of leaders in the fields of physical and cyber security management, and its mission is to promote the use of standards for interoperability between physical and cyber security systems, and educate organisations about security management. OSE ( is an organisation tackling the complex challenges of bridging physical and IT security systems, of which federated identity plays a large role. OSE is delivering interoperable security specifications and best practice guidelines that enable organisations to more efficiently mitigate risk, optimise their security postures and enforce privacy policies.

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