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Novell Joins the Liberty Alliance Project

Novell joins other industry leaders to establish an open, federated, single sign-on identity model, which will simplify and secure the process of conducting business on the Net

PROVO, Utah | February 4, 2002

Novell, Inc., a leading provider of Net business solutions, and the Liberty Alliance Project, committed to developing and deploying open standards for network identity, today announced Novell's membership as a sponsor in the project. Novell is joining other industry leaders to establish business rules and technology solutions for an open, federated, single sign-on identity model, which will simplify and secure the process of conducting business on the Net.

Today, in order to conduct business on the Internet, users are often required to verify their identity each time they visit a Web site or access an online application. This process makes Internet-based transactions very complex and reduces the quality of the end-user experience.

The Liberty Alliance Project is a business alliance formed to address this challenge by creating open standards that form the basis of an identity solution for the Internet. This solution will give consumers and business users single sign-on to Internet-based resources, while allowing them to maintain control of their personal information.

"The industry must develop and promote open standards that permit the effective use of personal and business data in a way that ensures the privacy and security of that information. Such a standard must be invulnerable to unauthorized use and safe from even unintended misappropriation, and clearly must not be under the control of any single institution or business entity," said Novell Chief Technology Officer Carl Ledbetter. "These standards are also vital to the realization of Novell's one Net vision, in which all types of networks work together to securely connect employees, customers and suppliers across organizational boundaries. To that end, Novell is very pleased to be a part of the Liberty Alliance, which we believe, after careful consideration of the alternatives, represents the most secure, private, progressive and visionary means to establish universal, open standards in this important area."

As a sponsor member, Novell brings a long history in identity management, access control and single sign-on to the Liberty Alliance Project and will participate in the policy, marketing and technology committees of the program. Novell will provide expertise and insight into both the development and deployment of a universal identity management system. Novell® eDirectory™, which provides identity management and access control for network resources, is already deployed for hundreds of millions of users worldwide.

Novell's strength and experience in identity management are effective complements to the key objectives of the Liberty Alliance Project, which are:

  • To allow individual consumers and businesses to maintain personal information securely.
  • To provide a universal open standard for single sign-on with decentralized authentication and open authorization from multiple providers.
  • To provide an open standard for network identity spanning all network devices.

"Novell brings a wealth of experience to the Liberty Alliance; and we're very excited they have joined the program as a sponsor member," said Eric Dean, president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board and chief information officer of United Airlines. "Their experience in identity management as well as the large community already using their eDirectory technology will bring great value to our efforts."

About the Liberty Alliance Project

The Liberty Alliance Project is an alliance formed to create open, federated, single sign-on identity standards for the digital economy via any device connected to the Internet. Membership is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations. Founders of the Alliance and members of the management board are: American Express, AOL Time Warner, Bell Canada, France Telecom, General Motors, Global Crossing, Hewlett-Packard Company, Mastercard International, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Openwave Systems, RealNetworks, RSA Security, Sony Corporation, Sun Microsystems, United Airlines, Vodafone and a major commercial bank.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), is a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software designed to secure and power the networked world. Novell and its eServices division, Cambridge Technology Partners, help organizations solve complex business challenges, simplify their systems and processes, and capture new opportunities with one Net solutions. Novell provides worldwide channel, consulting, education and developer programs to support its offerings.

For information on Novell's complete range of products and services, contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272), or visit Novell's Web site at Information on eBusiness and integration solutions from Cambridge Technology Partners can be accessed at Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at

Novell and Cambridge Technology Partners are registered trademarks, and eDirectory is a trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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