Kantara Initiative Engages Drummond Group to Manage Global Interoperability Program

Kantara Initiative, Piscataway, NJ – April 26, 2010 – Kantara Initiative, the global identity consortium promoting technical interoperability and harmonization to grow trust in Identity and Identity Access Management standards, products, and service deployments, today announced its selection of Drummond Group Inc. (DGI), the trusted interoperability test lab, to expand and manage Kantara Initiative’s global interoperability testing. DGI provides the industry-proven test capabilities and global support services required to further increase the breadth and scale of Kantara Initiative’s expanding Interoperability Program.
For the first test, DGI will manage the SAML 2.0 Full Matrix interoperability event September 20 – November 5, 2010. Kantara Initiative Interoperability Review Board (IRB), a sub-committee of Kantara Initiative Board of Trustees, is responsible for monitoring the conduct of the entire Kantara Initiative Interoperability Testing Program and will provide full oversight for test events.”Kantara Initiative has a goal of working collaboratively to solve harmonization and interoperability challenges among identity-enabled enterprise, Web 2.0 and Web-based applications and services.” said Joni Brennan, Interoperability Program Director. “We’re pleased to have DGI as the independent entity supporting our certification program.”“CA sees technical interoperability as a key enabler of the adoption of federated identity management systems and related new markets.  CA endorses Kantara Initiative’s decision to engage DGI to manage Kantara Initiative’s Global Interoperability testing program as continuing to build on the momentum of this program.” said Matthew Gardiner, Director, CA Inc. & Vice President of the Kantara Initiative.
Full details for the Kantara Initiative Interoperability Program and the upcoming SAML 2.0 Full Matrix Interoperability event is available here: http://bit.ly/Interop_Prog
About Drummond Group Inc.
Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) is the trusted interoperability test lab that works with standards groups, software/firmware vendors and industry groups to drive adoption of standards by offering global interoperability and conformance testing, and certification. DGI facilitates these testing services under association-branded certification programs and its own Drummond Certified(R) program. DGI has tested over a thousand international software products used in vertical industries such as automotive, consumer product goods, healthcare, energy, financial services, government, petroleum, pharmaceutical and retail. Founded in 1999, DGI also represents best-of-breed in strategic interoperability consulting, recognizing the challenges of interoperability for industry over the product life cycle. For more information, please visit http://www.drummondgroup.com/.
About Kantara Initiative
Kantara Initiative is a global, open, public-private, technology-agnostic forum comprised of identity ecosystem stakeholders. Co-founded by Liberty Alliance, Internet Society, and Information Card Foundation, among others, its inspired mission is to promote technical interoperability and harmonization; to develop policy frameworks for operational interoperability and; to provide certification and assessment programs to grow trust in the standards, products, and service deployments. Kantara Initiative provides governance and resources for collaboration on a diverse portfolio of common policy frameworks, technical specifications and deployment guidelines driven by the identity community, industry and governments from around the world. For more information, visit http://www.kantarainitiative.org.