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Subscribers to the OASIS XACML TC List:

OASIS plans to issue the following press release next week announcing
the formation of the new XACML technical committee. Per OASIS membership
policy, the release lists the OASIS sponsor members who will be
participating in the new tc.

If you are an OASIS sponsor, please send me approval to list your
company as a tc participant in this release (see fifth paragraph) by
Friday, April 20. If you would prefer *not* to be listed as a
participant, please just let me know and we'll remove your name.

If you are an OASIS sponsor and your company name is not listed in this
draft--and you want it to be--please let me know and I'll add it.

If you are not an OASIS sponsor, but would like to upgrade your
membership to take advantage of this type of promotional benefit, please
contact Scott McGrath, scott.mcgrath@oasis-open.org by Friday, April 20.

Thanks for your support,


OASIS Forms Technical Committee to Standardize Security Access Control
with XML

Interoperability Consortium to Develop XACML

Boston, MA, USA; April x, 2001 - OASIS, the XML interoperability
consortium, announced the formation of a new technical committee to
standardize security access control using XML. The new OASIS eXtensible
Access Control Markup Language (XACML) Technical Committee will define
an XML specification for expressing policies for information access over
the Internet.

"XACML will define the representation for rules that specify the who,
what, when and how of information access," explained Simon Y. Blackwell
of Psoom, chair of the OASIS XACML Technical Committee. "Access control,
which is often called 'rights management' or 'entitlement management,'
determines who can look at something, what they can do with it, the type
of device they can look at it on, etc."

"Security is a very broad area for XML development-there are many
aspects of security that interrelate and overlap," said Karl Best, OASIS
director of technical operations. "This new OASIS XACML Technical
Committee will work in parallel with the existing OASIS Security
Services group, which is concerned primarily with authorization
enforcement and authentication issues.  Both technical committees are
committed to coordinating their efforts with other security initiatives
in progress."

Global and inclusive in scope, XACML will bring together and build on
access control specification work already underway worldwide, including
XACL from IBM in Japan and XML-AC from the University of Milan, Italy.

Initial members of the OASIS XACML Technical Committee include OASIS
sponsors, Baltimore Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Jamcracker,
Oblix, Reuters, Sun Microsystems and webMethods. Other companies and
individuals are encouraged to participate in the XACML work by joining

OASIS (http://www.oasis-open.org) is the international, not-for-profit
consortium that advances electronic business by promoting open,
collaborative development of interoperability specifications. With the
United Nations, OASIS sponsors ebXML, a global framework for electronic
business data exchange. OASIS operates XML.ORG, the non-commercial
portal that delivers information on the use of XML in industry. The
XML.ORG Registry provides as an open community clearinghouse for
distributing and locating XML application schemas, vocabularies and
related documents. OASIS serves as the home for industry groups
interested in developing XML specifications. OASIS technical work
embraces conformance, security, business transactions, repositories and
other interoperability issues.

OASIS sponsors include Accenture, Access360, Adobe Systems, AND Data
Solutions, Arbortext, Auto-trol, Aventail, Baltimore Technologies, B-Bop
Associates, BEA Systems, Bentley Systems, Boeing Commercial Airplanes,
Bowstreet, Business Logic Corporation, Chrystal Software, Cincom
Systems, Cohesia, Commerce One, Critical Path, DataChannel, Dataloom,
Deutsche Post AG, Documentum, EADS Airbus, empolis, Engage, Enigma,
Excelergy, eXcelon, Extricity Software, First Call Corporation,
Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Informix, Infoteria, Innodata, Interwoven, IPNet
Solutions, ITEDO Software, Ivis Group, Jamcracker, Logistics Management
Institute, Mediaplex, Mercator Software, Microsoft, Netegrity, NetFish
Technologies, Netscape/AOL, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion
Association, Nimble Technology, NIST, Novell, ObjectSpace, Oblix,
OpenNetwork Technologies, Pearson Education, Planet 7 Technologies,
Popkin Software, Reuters Limited, SAA Consultants, Sabre, SAP,
SeeBeyond, Sequoia Software, Silverstream Software, SoftQuad Software,
Software AG, Sterling Commerce, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems,
Synth-Bank, Tata Consultancy Services, The Tamalpais Group, Thomas
Technology Solution, Tibco, US Defense Information Systems Agency,
Virtual Access Networks, Visa International, Wavo, webMethods, Whitehill
Technologies, Xerox, XML Global, XMLSolutions and Xyvision Enterprise

For more information:
Carol Geyer
Director of Communications

Simon Blackwell (E-mail).vcf

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