SOURCE: Identity Engines

May 15, 2007 15:03 ET

Identity Engines Proudly Supports Development of Open1X Supplicant as Founding Member of OpenSEA Alliance

Identity Engines Personnel Serving in Key Oversight and Development Roles

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 15, 2007 -- Identity Engines, a leading provider of identity-centric access control for secure networks, today announced that the company is a founding member of the OpenSEA Alliance, a newly formed group dedicated to providing open source networking and security alternatives in order to accelerate technology adoption and enhance network security. In its initial project, the OpenSEA Alliance plans to develop a robust cross-platform open source 802.1X supplicant that models the popular Firefox web browser in that it will be extremely reliable, widely distributed, and readily available. In addition to financial support, Identity Engines is assisting the Alliance through the professional contributions of employees who are actively engaged in the direction and development of the open-source 802.1X supplicant supported by the OpenSEA Alliance.

Sean Convery, Identity Engines' CTO, was appointed a board member at the founding of the OpenSEA Alliance and concurrently serves as Treasurer. Chris Hessing will continue as chair of the Open1X Project Management Committee (PMC) that is responsible for directing the development of the open-source 802.1X supplicant. Hessing has chaired the Open1X PMC since its inception and has also been the lead developer on the project since 2002. Under Hessing's leadership, the Open1X project has become one of the leading supplicants available for Linux. To further jumpstart the open-source supplicant project, Identity Engines is also contributing the talents of three engineers including two other members of the PMC and a graphical user interface design expert.

Identity Engines' dedication to accelerating the 802.1X port-based authentication standard has placed its customers well ahead of the curve in securing complex wireless and wired environments. Within the OpenSEA Alliance, Identity Engines is further committed to encouraging 802.1X adoption by accelerating the development of technologies that make deployment of 802.1X-compatible infrastructure a practical reality for enterprises and universities alike. In addition, the company will conduct sneak previews of the OpenSEA Xsupplicant at Interop, booth #1014, May 22-24, in Las Vegas.

"I am excited to be involved in the OpenSEA Alliance initiative," said Sean Convery. "Identity is at the center of network security's ongoing advancement; OpenSEA's efforts to promote interoperable enterprise-grade 802.1X deployments will help push this evolution even further."

Further information about the OpenSEA Alliance can be found at the organization's web site at

About Identity Engines

Founded in 2004, Identity Engines develops scalable, identity-based solutions for securing enterprise networks. The company's solutions provide comprehensive identity services such as authentication, authorization, and auditing to distributed network devices while enabling centralized administration and policy management for improved access control and compliance. For more information, visit

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