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Develops and provides certification and education programs and services for information and software security professionals

Ads Integrity Alliance
Develops and promotes best practices for defining and policing of bad ads

Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)
Promotes anti-phishing activities and compiles industry data

Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC)
Seeks to control spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies

ASIS International (ASIS)
Promotes the security management profession

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BD+ Technologies LLC
Develops and promotes Blu-Ray Disc content protection technology

Develops and promotes electronic financial services and e-commerce for financial institutions and their customers

Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI)
Professional association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry

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Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)
Promotes security assurance within Cloud Computing

Consortium Of Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors (COAST)
Promoted anti-spyware standards

Developed standards for customer information exchange across enterprise applications

Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA)
Developed and promoted enhanced cyber security *Merged into Tech America

Cybersecurity Credentials Collaborative (C3)
Develops and promotes vendor-neutral credentials in information security, privacy, and related IT disciplines

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Data Centre Alliance (DCA)
Develops and promotes accreditation for the data center industry

Develops and promotes the improvement of e-mail authentication practices of senders and allows receivers to reject unauthenticated messages

DVD Copy Control Association, The (DVD CCA)
Licenses the Content Scramble System (CSS) on DVD and Blu-rays to protect copyrighted material from theft

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Electronic Commerce Promotion Council of Japan (ECOM)
Developed and maintained standards for electronic commerce for use in B2B and B2C arenas (Japan)

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Promotes protection of civil liberties in regards to digital technology use

Electronic Messaging Association (EMA)
Developed and promoted standards for secure electronic messaging

Promotes global interoperability and compatibility of chip-based payment cards and acceptance devices

European Smart Card Industry Association (EUROSMART)
Promotes smart cards and smart card systems and standards

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Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)
Promotes safety and security through technology, education and public policy

Fast IDentity Online Alliance (FIDO)
Develops and promotes specifications that supplant reliance on passwords to securely authenticate users of online services

Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC)
Promoted open-standard technologies in the financial services industry *Merged with Financial Services Roundtable in 2009

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Global ATM Security Alliance (GASA)
Promotes the protection of the ATM industry from criminal activity

Global Infrastructure Alliance for Internet Safety (GIAIS)
Provided technology and communications support to the service provider industry

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Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST)
Develops and promotes the adoption of health information systems and exchanges

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Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG)
Develops and administers the process for policy and technical standards development for the Identity Ecosystem Framework

Identity Theft Council (ITC)
Provides local support to victims of identity theft

InCommon Federation
Develops a framework for trustworthy shared management of access to on-line resources in support of education and research (U.S.)

Information Security Forum (ISF)
Promotes solutions involving security challenges to businesses

Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE)
Develops, maintains, and promotes technology standards in multiple industries, including aerospace systems, computers, telecommunications, biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics

Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX) Forum
Develops and promotes the adoption of IFX, an interoperable financial data exchange

Assisted British businesses in e-commerce (United Kingdom)

International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA)
Develops and promotes the use of holograms and holographic technology

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2
Develops and promotes education and certification of information security professionals

International Security Trust & Privacy Alliance (ISTPA)
Promoted protection of personal information

International Software Escrow Association (ISEA)
Promotes and provides software escrow protection

Internet Security Alliance (ISAlliance)
Develops and promotes cyber security

IPv6 Forum, The
Promotes the IPv6 protocol

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Jericho Forum
Promotes the secure flow of business data over the Internet

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Kantara Initiative
Develops and promotes secure, identity-based, online interactions while preventing misuse of personal information

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Liberty Alliance Project
Developed and maintained single sign-on identities *Transferred operations and materials to Kantara Initiative in 2009

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MashSSL Alliance
Promotes open standard for trust establishment between web applications

Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC)
Develops and applies software systems to address issues in the best-practice management, analysis, and use of materials information in enterprises in the aerospace, defense, and energy sectors

Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA)
Promotes education and develops technologies to change regulation of Protected Health Information (PHI)

Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG)
Promotes ongoing and emerging messaging abuse issues in the messaging industry

Mobey Forum
Promotes the use of mobile technology in financial services

Mobile Phone Security Industry Association (MPSIA)
Promoted the use and application of mobile and cellular technology within the security industry

MULTOS Consortium
Promotes the MULTOS specification in the smartcard industry

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National Cyber Security Partnership (NCSP)
Develops security strategies for US information infrastructure (U.S.)

National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
Promotes 9-1-1 and international three-digit emergency communications systems and develops related standards and guidance (U.S.)

National Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (NLETS)
Maintains and promotes a standardized, integrated, and international justice system

Network IPS Product Developers Consortium (NIPD)
Develops, promotes, and certifies network intrusion prevention technology

North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
Develops and enforces reliability standards for the bulk power system in North America (North America)

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Develops and promotes a simple way to publish and interact with protected data

Online Privacy Alliance (OPA)
Promotes self-regulatory initiatives for individuals' privacy online and in electronic commerce

Online Trust Alliance (OTA)
Promotes practices and technologies to enhance consumer trust in e-commerce, governmental and online financial services

Open Information Security Foundation (OISF)
Develops intrusion detection and prevention engines

Open Security Exchange (OSE)
Promotes enterprise security management

Open Standard for Public Transportation Alliance (OSPT)
Developed and promotes CIPURSE, an open standard secure transit fair collection solution

Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
Develops and promotes improvement in the security of application software

OpenID Foundation (OIDF)
Promotes the use of OpenID technology

Develops open source software for securing identity-based Web services based on Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services standards

OpenPGP Alliance
Develops and promotes the OpenPGP email encryption standard for encrypting email using public key cryptography

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Payments Processing Information Sharing Council (PPISC)
Promotes information sharing about fraud, threats, vulnerabilities and risk mitigation in the payments industry

Personalization Consortium, Inc. (PCI)
Promoted best practices relating to the use of Personal Information on the Internet

Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA)
Develops and promotes the adoption of specifications for interoperability of IP-enabled security devices

Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI) Forum
Promoted public key infrastructure (PKI) and PKI-based products and services

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Promoted a common foundation for secure m-commerce *Joined the Liberty Alliance in 2003

Regional Alliance for Infrastructure and Network Security (RAINS)
Contributed to national security mobilization (U.S.)

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Salmon Protocol
A message exchange protocol to decentralize commentary focused on public content

Secure City Technology Alliance (SCTA)
Develops and promotes wireless communication systems for international public safety and emergency response

Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed (STORK)
Developed and promoted a European eID Interoperability Platform that will allow citizens to establish new e-relations across borders (Europe)

Secure POS Vendor Alliance (SPVA)
Developed and promoted secure electronic payment card transaction frameworks

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)
An XML-based standard for exchanging authentication and authorization data between security domains

Security Industry Association (SIA)
Develops and maintains standards for the security industry

Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode)
Develops and promotes more secure reliable software, hardware and services

A project that develops and promotes resources to counter viruses, spyware, and other badware

Sustainable Computing Consortium
Sought to improve software quality and security

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Maintains the registration authority for software identification tags (SWID tags)

The Common Criteria User Forum
Promotes the Common Criteria certification and improves the certification/validation process

Develops trust benchmark circuits, tools and hardware platforms

Trusted Computing Group (TCG)
Promotes, develops and defines open standards for hardware-enabled trusted computing and security technologies

Trusted Electronics Communications Forum (TECF)
Developed and promoted standards for technology, best practices, and prosecution against phishers *Inactive since 2004

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Voice over IP Security Association (VOIPSA)
Promotes VoIP and Information Security issues and concerns

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Web Application Security Consortium (WASC)
Developed and promoted security standards for the World Wide Web

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Develops the XRI Data Interchange (XDI)

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