(1) WG NAME

Identity and Access Services Working Group (IAS-WG)

(2) PURPOSE
Organizations recognize the need for the unambiguous expression of identity. Identity can represent a physical individual, a collection of individuals, a logical entity, a resource or a capability. Identity is a fundamental element for establishing and maintaining business relationships, and for describing the credentials, capabilities, and responsibilities of parties to a relationship.

The principal business problem that drove the formation of the original Identity Services Working Group (under the auspices of Burton Group) is the difficulties companies face when integrating vendor Identity management (IdM) products with their existing infrastructure and, increasingly, in integrating vendor products themselves. As vendors continue to add to their IdM suites, integration between products is a challenge of increasing concern to organizations.

Integration between systems is achieved by:

The purpose of the IASWG is to establish requirements for the articulation of identity in a services environment. These requirements should correspond to business functions, activities, and expectations, and demonstrate how these will be accomplished in the web services context. The IASWG will identify what identity-related capabilities are required. How these capabilities are accomplished technically is specifically out of scope for this effort. The objective will be to identify and characterize these services in such a way that they may be implemented by another party.

(3) SCOPE:

Scope will be restricted to requirements and use cases, and they will be expressed in business, rather than technology, terms.

We will use a services model as the basis for an Identity and Access Management Architecture (IAM) in order to establish an abstraction layer that masks syntactic differences across vendor IdM products.

The term ‘Identity Management’ or IdM is in common use today throughout the industry, but we do not wish to limit the services it may so execute strictly to Identity. For purposes of this charter we take ‘Identity Services’ to include at a minimum the following topics:

(4) DRAFT TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

The development of draft technical specifications is not in scope for this Work Group.

(5) OTHER DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS:

(6) LEADERSHIP:

(7) AUDIENCE:

Identity Management product vendors and customers who have implemented these product

(8) DURATION:

Estimated to be one year from the date of charter approval

(9) IPR POLICY:

The IASWG will operate under the terms of the Kantara Initiative IPR Option Patent and Copyright (RAND)

(10) RELATED WORK AND LIAISONS:

(11) CONTRIBUTIONS:

(12) PROPOSERS: