Identity Management

The Identity Management Forum focuses on promoting effective, open standards-based identity management, which allows the right information on identity to reach the right people. The authentication of identities are essential requirements in information security solutions, and the efficient and secure management of identity information is a critical pre-requisite to enabling today's business demands for effective access control and provision management in their IT systems.

What We Do: 

We are working to realize our vision by:

  • Describing and promoting good practice for identity management architecture;
  • Participating in relevant standardization activities, particularly in ISO JTC1 SC27 and INCITS CS1; and
  • Encouraging product vendors to follow the standards.
Current Projects: 

Identity Management Standards Framework
We are working jointly with the US InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS CS1), which serves as the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO/IEC JTC1, and also under Category C Liaison status directly with ISO JTC1 SC27, to develop an International Standard Framework for Identity Management.

Common Core Identifiers
We are collaborating with INCITS CS1 and ISO JTC1 SC27 to submit our CCI work to ISO as the basis for promoting development of an International Standard for Common Core Identifiers

Data Privacy
We have submitted to ISO/IEC JTC1 our Manager's Guide to Data Privacy as a significant contribution to their work on developing an ISO Standard on a Framework for Data Privacy, and are collaborating with them and ITU-T to support development of their standard.


White Paper: Identity Management


Explores key concepts of identity management (trust, authentication, provisioning, authorization, and directories), places these concepts within their business, personal, and technical perspectives, and proposes a set of steps to be taken by The Open Group to serve as a change agent promoting the resolution of industry-wide impediments to interoperable identity management solutions.



The Identity Management Forum has or is developing co-operative relationships and liaisons with many bodies active in identity management, including the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), the US InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) ldapbis working group, the Liberty Alliance Project, the Organization for Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), and the ISO/ITU X.500 group.

More Information: 

For more information about the Identity Management Forum, please contact us

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