The Liberty Alliance Project, the global consortium dedicated to developing open federated identity, strong authentication and identity-enabled web services, today announced Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) as the newest member of the its management board.
NTT joins management board members from AOL, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, France Telecom, General Motors, HP, IBM, Intel, Novell, Oracle, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems and Vodafone in driving the strategic direction of Liberty Alliance on a global basis.
NTT has been a member of Liberty Alliance for the past four years and is active in a number of Liberty programs including the Technology Expert Group, the Japan Special Interest Group, the Strong Authentication Expert Group, the Payments Special Interest Group and the Identity Theft Prevention Group.
NTT has regularly participated in Liberty's conformance events and has products available that are among the 70 identity solutions that have passed interoperability testing for Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services.
"As momentum for Liberty's open user-centric management capabilities continues to grow, we welcome NTT to the Liberty Alliance management board," said George Goodman, president of the Liberty Alliance management board and director of the Platform Capabilities Lab at Intel. "With today's news, NTT has expanded its relationship within Liberty to further advance the deployment of Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services worldwide."
According to the organization, the addition of NTT to its management board comes at a time when the adoption of Liberty's open identity standards are increasing around the world. With organizations deploying Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services across vertical market segments, the organization claims that there will be well over one billion Liberty-enabled identities and devices by the end of this year, with nearly 700 million in the global telecom and service provider sectors.