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Liberty Alliance Intros IAF

LOS ANGELES -- Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium working to build a more trusted Internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today announced the public release of the Liberty Identity Assurance Framework (IAF). The IAF has been developed by Liberty’s Identity Assurance Expert Group (IAEG) to simplify and speed the deployment of identity federations by standardizing identity assurance levels and the certification process for all identity assurance service providers participating in federated relationships. Liberty Alliance will hold a public webcast to review the Identity Assurance Framework on Thursday, November 29 at 8:00AM US PT.

Developed by IAEG members representing the financial services, government, healthcare, IT and telecommunications sectors, the IAF fills cross-industry requirements for baseline identity assurance policy standards for all public and private sector federations. The IAF has been designed to remove the unnecessary costs and complexities organizations face when making trust decisions for acceptance of credential-based assertions of identity information within federations. The Identity Assurance Framework is available for public input and review at

“The Identity Assurance Framework provides answers to the tough questions organizations in every sector have about how to best address today’s complex digital identity landscape in order to drive new and valuable federated services into global markets,” said Jane Hennessy, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and co-chair of the Liberty Alliance Identity Assurance Expert Group. “With the release of the initial public draft of the Identity Assurance Framework, organizations now have an industry standard for quickly moving wide scale interoperable federations ahead based on identity assurance which enables a foundation of trust.”

The Liberty Alliance Project