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A Look at OATH

I've heard it said that you can tell our industry loves standards because there are so many of them. I recently had a chance to sit down and talk with several representatives to OATH, the Initiative for Open Authentication. These folks are clear that they're not trying to become a standards body, but they are active in promoting standards that will allow authentication components from many different vendors to work together. I think it's an interesting idea, and an example of companies coming togethe due to economic necessity--their customers are demanding it--rather than from any sense of duty to an ideal. Regardless of the motivation, though, there are some great possibilities here for benefit to the customer, so I think it should be of more than a little interest. You can listen to the podcast here. After you do, drop me a note ([email protected]) to let me know whether you think we need more open standards in security, or if you think that standards are, themselves, security vulnerabilities.

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