Study Group 17 is pleased to announce that the ITU-T Focus Group on Identity
Management (FG IdM) has produced six deliverables/reports that document the
work that it accomplished in fulfilment of its Terms of Reference (ToR).
The FG IdM was chartered by ITU-T Study Group 17 in December 2006 and worked
through September 2007. The FG IdMâ€™s ToR, scope, objectives and
deliverables are available from its web site
http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/studygroups/com17/fgidm/index.html using Username:
â€œfgidmuseâ€? and Password â€œfgidmuse.â€?
The FG IdM conducted six face-to-face meetings from December 2006 until
September 2007. In addition, several teleconferences were held that served as
a follow-up for actions items developed at the face-to-face meetings.
In an ambitious schedule, the FG IdM was very successful in achieving its
primary goals and objectives. The results of the FG IdM work are documented in
the following freely available reports which can be downloaded from its web
1. FG IdM Report No.1: Report on Activities Completed and Proposed;
2. FG IdM Report No.2: Overview Report on the Deliverables;
3. FG IdM Report No.3: Report on Identity Management Ecosystem and
4. FG IdM Report No.4: Report on Identity Management Use Cases and Gap
5. FG IdM Report No.5: Report on Requirements for Global Interoperable
6. FG IdM Report No.6: Report on Identity Management Framework for Global
With the exception of the FG IdM Report No.6, Report on Global Interoperable
IdM Framework, all of the FG IdM reports are considered completed documents.
Although FG IdM Report No.6 is incomplete, it is an excellent basis for future
work on a generic identity management framework that supports global
harmonization and bridging of disparate IdM solutions and systems within and
external to a network environment. Consequently, we plan to continue the
development of this framework.
Study Group 17 is using FG IdM Report No.4 as the basis for developing a new
draft Recommendation X.idmgap, and FG IdM Report No.5 as the basis for a new
draft Recommendation X.idmreq. Study Group 17 will also continue to up-date
the lexicon. Your comments on this approach are welcomed and encouraged.
We believe a consistent and structured approach needs to be taken for IdM
related work to support internetworking. We expect our IdM program to
leverage work being performed by organizations such as yours. We will be
focusing on IdM as it will be used in telecommunication/information and
communications technologies, involving topics such as:
â€¢ Provision of credential, identifier, attribute, and pattern identity
services with known assurance levels to all entities;
â€¢ Discovery of authoritative Identify Provider resources, services, and
â€¢ Interoperability among authorization privilege management platforms,
identity providers and provider federations, including Identity Bridge
â€¢ Security and other measures for reduction of identity threats and risks,
including protection of identity resources and personally identifiable
â€¢ Auditing and compliance, including policy enforcement and protection of
personally identifiable information;
â€¢ Usability, Scalability, Performance, Reliability, Availability,
Accounting, Internationalization, and Disaster Recovery.
We encourage you to use the information provided in FG IdM Reports.
Specifically, we invite you to review and comment on:
1. The Lexicon in FG IdM Report No.3, to include additional definition of
terms that are needed to support your IdM activities;
2. The IdM use cases and gaps analysis in FG IdM Report No.4, to include
providing additional use cases that can be used to derive requirements in your
area of IdM work;
3. The generic query-response IdM architectural model used as the basis for
the use case gap analysis (Section 5.2 of FG IdM Report No.4) and the
requirements discussion (Section 5.1 of FG IdM Report No.5), to include
suitability of this model to your area of IdM work;
4. The IdM framework components/services (Section 8.0 of FG IdM Report No.6),
especially the IdM bridging function services (Section 8.14 of FG IdM Report
5. The NGN Identity Plane concept (Section 6.4.2 of FG IdM Report No.4 and
Section 5.1 of FG IdM Report No.5).