OASIS forms another PKI committee
Following up on the November announcement that it was taking over the PKI
Forum, OASIS announced this week that it has formed a new technical committee to
''advance adoption of the Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI) for Web services and
The new committee will not be tinkering with the PKI standard itself but will
focus on its promotion by producing implementation guidelines, conformances
tests and white papers, explained Carol Geyer, director of communications at
Addressing issues facing IT professionals seeking to deploy digital
certificates, including overcoming technical and integration problems in PKI
implementation, is the goal, according to Terry Leahy, chairman of the new
committee. The committee will also offer a forum for developers and others
working with the standard to exchange information on how to use PKI and digital
certificates in Web services and other applications, said Leahy.
Geyer said the documentation the committee develops and the forum will be
available on the committee's new Web site at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/pki/.
Since the November announcement, PKI has been integrated into other OASIS
projects involving Web services and security, including Security Assertion
Markup Language (SAML), the XML Access Control Markup Language (XACML), the
Rights Language, the Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML), the XML Common
Biometric Format (XCBF) and the Digital Signature Services (DSS) protocol.
Members of the new committee include representatives from Computer
Associates, Entrust, KPMG, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, VeriSign and Wells
Fargo, according to the OASIS announcement. The committee is still open to new
members; information about joining is available at http://www.oasis-open.org/join.
For more information on the Boston-based OASIS non-profit standards
consortium, please go to http://www.oasis-open.org.
Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.