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This page is a Working Draft subject to further revision and has not yet been approved by the Leadership Council.  

(1) WG NAME (and any acronym or abbreviation of the name): The WG name, acronym and abbreviation must not include trademarks not owned by the Organization, or content that is infringing, harmful, or inappropriate.

Identity Assurance Work Group (IAWG)


The Identity Assurance Work Group (IAWG) within the Kantara Initiative fosters the adoption of trusted on-line online identity services aligned to four levels of assurance (LOA) ranging from low to very high.

To advance this goal, the IAWG will provide a forum for evolving the Identity Assurance Framework (IAF) and furthering market adoption of federated identity -enabled services at a global scale by working with the Board of Trustees to establish the necessary support programs for accrediting and certifying various roles in the ecosystem, such as Credential Service Providers and Federation Operators.

The framework and processes will be defined in a way that scales, enables business processes and benefits individual users of services provided at specific identity assurance levelsLOA. The final deliverables will be a suite of harmonized, best-of-breed industry standards for the assessment of identity services, management of identity information, and identity federations support for inter-party trust and inter-federation, as well as policies, operating rules, guidelines and recommended practices to foster adoption of identity assurance-based solutions.

(3) SCOPE: Explain the scope and definition of the planned work.

The IAWG's goal is to provide public and private sector organizations with a well-defined means of relying on digital identity credentials and assertions issued by a variety of identity service providers for both authentication and authorization, in order to advance trusted identity federation and thereby facilitate broad user acceptance of this means to manage access to online services and information. In line with this goal, here is IAWG's scope:






(4) DRAFT TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: List Working Titles of draft Technical Specifications to be produced (if any), projected completion dates, and the Standards Setting Organization(s) to which they will be submitted upon approval by the Membership.

As per the scope defined in section (3) above, IAWG will not be producing technical specifications, as the focus of the group is to remain technology agnostic and focus on policy, business best practices, deployment models and strategy.

(5) OTHER DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS: Other Draft Recommendations and projected completion dates for submission for All Member Ballot.

  • A set of strategic recommendations to the Kantara Initiative Board of Trustees regarding the development and operation of an Identity Assurance Certification program to advance the adoption of the IAF that would serve to foster inter-federation deployments on a global scale. (Summer, 2009).
  • The Identity Assurance Framework (IAF) - which is a compendium of documents including guidelines, procedural and technical trust criteria for identity service providers, relying parties and federations, and assessment methodologies for determining conformance to trust criteria. The IAF will be based on broad input from both public and private industry stakeholders with relevant experience and contributions to this effort. Here are the currently identified deliverables that are part of the IAF along with their expected publication timeline.
  • Here are the currently identified deliverables that are part of the IAF along with their expected publication timeline:
  • Overview (Summer, 2009)
  • Glossary (Summer, 2009)
  • Assurance Levels (Summer , 2009)
  • Assessment and Certification Scheme (Summer, 2009)
  • Assessor Qualification & Requirements (Summer, 2009)
  • Service Assessment Criteria (Summer, 2009)
  • Service Approval Authority Requirements (Summer, 2009)
  • Federation Operator Rules and Guidelines (Q4, 2009)
  • Relying Party Guidelines (Q1, 2010)

Note: Estimated completion dates accompanying each deliverable are subject to change.

(6) LEADERSHIP: Proposed WG Chair and Editor(s) (if any) subject to confirmation by a vote of the WG Participants.

The IAWG will have the following roles:

  • An IAWG Chair - A single individual will hold this role. Its responsibilities are: provide overall coordination, administrative oversight, public representation and decision-making ability over certain topics. This position will be elected by the members of the group in accordance with the Kantara Initiative Operating Procedures and ByLaws. The initial election for all leadership positions should be called approximate 2 weeks after the Leadership Council approves the charter so membership quorum is gathered.
  • IAWG Vice Chair - There should be a minimum of two, to lead specific areas within the work group as scoped by the Chair. The Vice Chair will be responsible for successful completion of work and deliverables within the specific scope of the area of focus. The initial requirement is a Vice Chair of Technology (to ensure quality review and feedback to the IAF from a technical "implement-ability" perspective and facilitate appropriate liaisons with outside technical groups) and a Vice Chair of Policy (to ensure quality review and feedback to the IAF and facilitate appropriate liaisons with outside policy groups).
  • IAWG task leader - There could be as many of these leaders as deemed appropriate by the group in order to complete specific tasks. These roles will be held by volunteer group members, appointed by either the chair or vice-chair under which the particular tasks falls. The IAWG leader will lead specific tasks or deliverables within the work group. The task leader is responsible for successful completion of work and deliverables assigned. Examples: specific documents within the IAF set, such as the Relying Party Guidelines, attribute level identity assurance. No pre-defined terms, the duration of service is driven by the focus of the task.

Note: During the transition phase of the Liberty Alliance Identity Assurance Expert Group (IAEG) into IAWG, Frank Villavicencio, current member of IAEG and registered member of Kantara Initiative, will act as the primary liaison and point of contact for the Leadership Council.

(7) AUDIENCE: Anticipated audience or users of the work.

  • Credential Service Providers
  • Federation Operators
  • Relying Parties
  • Policy Makers (National Government and State Services Organizations)
  • Assessors
  • International standards development organizations focused on identity management
  • Industry consortia and communities of interest focused on either a specific identity management technology or an industry segment building recommendations for identity management best practice

(8) DURATION: Objective criteria for determining when the work of the WG has been completed (or a statement that the WG is intended to be a standing WG to address work that is expected to be ongoing).

The IAWG is chartered to be an ongoing Work Group of Kantara Initiative to maintain the Recommendations it produces over time. Its charter may be amended from time to time, with changes approved by the Leadership Council.

(9) IPR POLICY: The Organization approved Intellectual Property Rights Policy under which the WG will operate.

Kantara IPR Policy - Option Liberty

(10) RELATED WORK AND LIAISONS: Related work being done in other WGs or other organizations and any proposed liaison with those other WGs or organizations.

Part of the mission and goal of IAWG is the harmonization and collaboration with other industry and standards organizations that have synergy with the concept of identity assurance. Therefore, it is integral to the success of the group, that it maintains active communications, collaboration, contribution and liaison with groups including but not limited to:

  • Industry Consortia: ICF, OIDF, and OASIS
  • ISO SC27
  • ITU-T SG17
  • ANSI IDSP (Identity Proofing Standards)
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • InCommon
  • TERENA - Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association
  • Kantara work groups: Concordia, Identity Assurance Interoperability, Privacy & Public Policy, Consumer Identity, Healthcare Identity Assurance, etc.
  • Kantara Identity Assurance Review Board

(11) CONTRIBUTIONS (optional): A list of contributions that the proposers anticipate will be made to the WG.

  • Identity Assurance Framework Set (Liberty IAEG)
  • Identity Assurance Framework - Read Me (Liberty IAEG)

(12) PROPOSERS: Names, email addresses, and any constituent affiliations of at least the minimum set of proposers required to support forming the WG.