SOURCE: OATH, the initiative for Open AuTHentication

August 22, 2005 07:00 ET

New OATH Members Bolster Effort for Open AuTHentication

New Security Companies Join Initiative for Open AuTHentication (OATH); End User Companies Join Organization for the First Time

WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2005 -- OATH, the initiative for Open AuTHentication, today announced that eight new security companies and two major financial institutions have joined the organization in the last 30 days. OATH is a consortium of leading device, platform and application companies, and end user customers of authentication technologies.

The new security firms include: The Apache Software Foundation, Encentuate, Identia, iovation, Inc., Portwise, Renesas Technology America, TriCipher, Safehaus, Spyrus, and Vocent.

OATH has doubled in size since the organization was founded nearly 18 months ago. Other new members include Audio SmartCard, Boojum Mobile, Discretix Technologies, Iteon, Imprivata, and Red Cannon Security.

In addition, OATH has added end user companies to its membership. Two major financial institutions have joined OATH and will make a significant contribution to the development of open authentication standards through the perspective of customers. These two financial institutions, which represent millions of customers, have joined OATH at the end-user level to work closely with OATH-member companies on open and royalty-free specifications for strong authentication.

The total number of member companies in OATH is 46. The membership of OATH has increased by 77 percent since January 2005 and the organization is now actively seeking end user members to contribute towards the goal of royalty-free open authentication technologies.

"We are ahead of our previously stated membership goals and are very pleased that end user companies are joining OATH," said Colleen Kulhanek, director of business development at SafeNet, Inc. and OATH marketing chair. "The contributions of end user company members, customers who implement and use authentication technologies every single day, will be enormously valuable as we move forward to our collective goal for developing strong authentication products and technologies based on open standards."

To become a member of OATH, go to the organization's Web site

About the Initiative for Open AuTHentication

The Initiative for Open AuTHentication (OATH) is a collaboration of leading device, platform and application companies, and end user customers of authentication technologies. OATH participants hope to foster use of strong authentication across networks, devices and applications. OATH participants work collectively to facilitate standards work and build a reference architecture for open authentication while evangelizing the benefits of strong interoperable authentication in a networked world. OATH is actively seeking all participants who share a common vision of open authentication.

OATH is dedicated to helping customers reduce the cost and complexity of deploying strong authentication within enterprises, and across the Internet. Since its formation, OATH's membership includes security industry leaders from token manufacturers, platform vendors, smartcard providers, and security services companies. End user companies are joining OATH to add their voice and ideas towards the goal of open authentication.

Some current OATH members include: ActivCard, Inc.; Aladdin Knowledge Systems; ARM; Assa Abloy ITG; AudioSmartCard; Authenex, Inc.; Aventail Corporation; Axalto; BEA Systems; BMC Software; Checkpoint Software Technologies; Digital Persona; Diversinet Corp.; Entrust Technologies, Inc.; Forum Systems, Inc.; Gemplus Corp; IBM; IMCentric, Inc.; iovation, Inc.; Juniper Networks, Inc.; K.K. Athena Smartcard Solutions; Livo Technologies SA; Passlogix, Inc.; Phoenix Technologies Ltd.; PortWise, Protocom Development Systems, RedCannon Security, Inc.; SafeNet, Inc.; Signify; Smart Card Alliance; TriCipher, Inc.; VASCO Data Security; Vocent; and VeriSign, Inc.

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