Internet2 Releases Open Source Web Access Control Building Block

Reference implementation provides proof of concept for component of online identity services

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 24, 2002--Internet2 today announced the release of OpenSAML, a building block for standards-based federated network identity solutions, such as single Internet sign-on for consumer and business users, and secure Web service transactions.

OpenSAML is a freely available, open source reference implementation of the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). SAML is a specification developed by the global non-profit consortium OASIS to allow authentication and authorization information to be exchanged among disparate Web access management and security products. SAML is also a critical component of the Liberty Alliance's recently announced specifications for federated identity and simplified sign-on.

"We welcome the release of OpenSAML," said Jeff Hodges, co-chair of the OASIS SSTC. "An open-source SAML implementation fills an important role in promoting the development of federated online identity solutions."

OpenSAML was developed under the aegis of the Middleware Architecture Committee for Education (MACE), a group of leading university IT technologists supported by the Internet2 research and development consortium.

"Open-source implementations of key protocols and technologies have been essential to making the Internet what it is today," said R. L. "Bob" Morgan, chair of MACE and senior technology architect at the University of Washington. "We think SAML is an important technology and are promoting its adoption and evolution, in both open-source and proprietary contexts, by creating and releasing OpenSAML."

OpenSAML is part of Shibboleth, a larger effort within the Internet2 community that is developing architectures, policy structures, practical technologies, and an open source implementation to support inter-institutional sharing of web resources subject to access controls. For more information on Shibboleth, see: http://middleware.internet2.edu/shibboleth/

For more information, or to download OpenSAML, please see: http://www.opensaml.org

About Internet2®

Led by over 190 U.S. universities, working with industry and government, Internet2 is developing and deploying advanced network applications and technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia, industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy. For more information about Internet2, see: http://www.internet2.edu/


Contact:
     Internet2
     Greg Wood, 202/331-5360
     ghwood@internet2.edu



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