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ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI)
Develops informatics standards and technical reports to assist the dental profession

AdLedger Consortium
Develops and promotes the use of blockchain standards for digital advertising

Ads Integrity Alliance
Developed and promoted best practices for defining and policing of bad ads *Inactive

Advanced Access Content System
Develops a specification for managing access to and copying of the post-DVD generation of optical discs

AllSeen Alliance
Supports the development and adoption of open-source products, systems and services that support the Internet of Things

ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board)
Provides accreditation to ISO/IEC 17021 certification bodies

Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO)
Promotes development and improvement in the objectivity, quality and relevance of anti-malware testing methodologies

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

Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC)
Promotes building a consensus about definitions and best practices to control spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies

ASIS International (ASIS)
Promotes the security management profession

ATM Security Association
Promotes ATM security by compiling and disseminating information on recognized and potential ATM attack scenarios

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

Biometric Consortium
Promotes research and development of biometric-based personal identification/verification technology (U.S.)

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

Broadband Internet Technical Advisory group
Promotes transparency of network management processes for technical issues pertaining to operation of the Internet

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

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Capital Markets and Technology Association
Creates common standards using distributed ledgers for trading securities in Switzerland

CardLinx Association
Develops and promotes standards for the credit card industry.

Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA)
Develops positions on issues of importance to the wireless industry and promotes the expansion of the "wireless frontier"

Chemical Industry Data Exchange (CIDX)
Promoted Chem eStandards and advocated for the chemical industry *Merged with the Open Application Group, Inc (OAGi) and the American Council's Chemical Information Technology Center (Chem ITC) in 2008

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

Cloud Standards Customer Council
Promotes security and interoperability issues surrounding the transition to the cloud

CloudAudit (A6)
Promoted a common interface and namespace that allowed cloud computing providers to automate applications *Merged with the Cloud Security Alliance in 2010

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

Consortium Of Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors (COAST)
Promoted anti-spyware standards *Dissolved in 2005

Consortium of Digital Forensic Specialists (CDFS)
Develops and promotes technical standards for digital forensics

Council on Integrity in Results Reporting
Develops and maintains standards for measuring and reporting of graduation and job placement information by educational institutions

Developed standards for customer information exchange across enterprise applications *Inactive

Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA)
Developed and promoted enhanced cyber security *Merged with AeA, ITAA, and GEIA in 2009 to form Tech America

Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA)
Promotes sharing threat intelligence between cybersecurity solution providers

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

Debian Project
Maintains and promotes the Debian GNU/Linux distribution

Debit Network Alliance (DNA)
Develops a common debit chip solution for debit payments (U.S.)

Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF)
Develops open source specifications, protocols, formats and implementations for cross-chain rooting, indexing and resolution of decentralized identifiers, names and identity attestations.

Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) Self-Regulatory Program
Promotes understanding of and greater control over ads that are customized based on online behavior

Digital Inclusion through Trust and Agency
Promotes industry connections through trust and agency which focuses on blockchain technology

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

DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA)
Maintains and 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) *Dissolved in 2010

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

Electronic Industries Alliances (EIA)
Promoted market and standards development and competitiveness in the U.S. high-tech industry (U.S.) *Dissolved in 2010 and transferred standards maintenance to the Electric Components Association (ECA)

Electronic Messaging Association (EMA)
Developed and promoted standards for secure electronic messaging *Merged with the Open Group in 2001

Promotes global interoperability and compatibility of chip-based payment cards and acceptance devices *Changed name to U.S. Payments Forum in 2016

Enterprise Technology Management Association, (formerly TEMIA)
Promotes awareness, industry growth and development of standards to improve the quality and value of a range of enterprise solutions

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

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FAIR Institute
Promotes standards and best practices to help organizations measure, manage and report on information risk from a business perspective using the FAIR model

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

Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS)
Develops and promotes open source software development and common standards for the financial services industry

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Global Alliance for Genomics and Health
Promotes the sharing of genomic and clinical data

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

Global Cyber Alliance (GCA)
Develops and promotes solutions to improve the security of the cyber ecosystem

Global Infrastructure Alliance for Internet Safety (GIAIS)
Provided technology and communications support to the service provider industry *Now Microsoft Security Response Alliance (MSRA)

GlobalPlatform, Inc.
Develops and promotes infrastructure standards for multiple application SmartCards

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

High Definition Closed Circuit Television (HDcctv) Alliance
Promotes HDcctv technology and manages interface standards

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Promotes dynamic ad content and the development of related specifications

ID Pro
Promotes and supports identity practitioners and projects with security and privacy lines of business

Identity Defined Security Alliance
Promotes the adoption of an identity centric approach to security, intended to provide real time, intelligence-based access to data and applications by integrating Identity and Access Management (IAM) infrastructure with enterprise cyber secu

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)
Maintains and 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.)

Independent Association of Accredited Registers (IAAR)
Promotes accredited management system assessment by acting as a resource for organizations developing management assessment based programs

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

Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) Standards Organization
Develops standards to improve the nation's cybersecurity

Infranet Initiative
Promoted and developed infranet technologies *Inactive

Initiative for Open Authentication (OATH)
Develops an open reference architecture for the universal adoption of strong authentication practices

InLocation Alliance
Supports and promotes the development and adoption of indoor positioning solutions

Institute of Navigation (ION)
Promotes education, awareness and discussion of issues relating to Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) systems

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

International Alliance for Honest Dating Sites
Promotes consumer education against fraudulent dating websites

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 (U.S. and Canada)

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

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

Internet 2
Develops Internet network applications and technologies (U.S.)

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Promotes and facilitates improvements in Internet architecture

Internet Security Alliance (ISAlliance)
Develops and promotes cyber security

IoT Security Foundation
Develops and promotes best practices to secure the Internet of Things

IPv6 Forum
Promotes the IPv6 protocol

IVD Industry Connectivity Consortium
Develops and encourages adoption of a unified connectivity standard for data exchange between IVD devices and healthcare informatics in clinical laboratories

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Jericho Forum
Promoted the secure flow of business data over the Internet *Dissolved and transferred operations to the Open Group's Security Forum in 2013

Develops, maintains, and promotes standardization in the Information Technology industry

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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 *Dissolved and transferred operations and materials to the Kantara Initiative in 2009

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MAD Privacy Alliance
Develops and promotes the use of blockchain technology to support privacy in the advertising industry

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

MIT Kerberos and Internet Trust Consortium (KIT) (founded in 2007)
Developed and promoted the Kerberos Internet security protocol, MIT Kerberos reference implementation and other digital identity standards

Mobey Forum
Promotes the use of mobile technology in financial services

Mobile Payment Forum (MPF)
Developed standards for mobile commerce using payment card accounts *Inactive

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

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 justice and public safety network for the secure exchange of law enforcement information (U.S.)

Natural Security Alliance
Manages, maintains and enhances the Natural Security strong authentication specifications

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

North Amercian Security Products Organization (NASPO)
Develops standards and security protocols for providers of security documents, labels, cards, packaging, materials and 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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Promotes the OAuth Protocol specifications 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 Ag Data Alliance (OADA)
Develops open API's and promotes interoperability, security, and privacy for agricultural data

Open Card Consortium (OCC)
Created the OpenCard Framework *Inactive

Open Information Security Foundation (OISF)
Develops open source IDS/IPS to build a next generation IDS/IPS engine

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 Alliance
Develops requirements for an open service optimization proxy and supports encryption and privacy in the web ecosystem

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

Promotes a standard for disposal to allow an automated transfer and validation of fund data

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

Develops and maintains a registry of unique researcher identifiers linked to researcher activities and output

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

PDES, Inc.
Develops and promotes modeling data exchange standards

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

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

Project JXTA
Develops, maintains and promotes the use of JTXA technology for peer-to-peer network communications and collaboration

Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC)
Develops and promotes health information technology standards to empower healthcare and public health communities and improve individual and community health (U.S.)

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

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

RDX Storage Alliance
Promotes RDX removable disk technology

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

Develops standards for distribution of investment research by buy and sell side investment research firms

Promotes security and develops processes to strengthen the integrity of the healthcare supply chain

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Safe Biopharma
Develops digital identity and signature standards for the biorpharmaceutical industry

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

Secure Chorus
Promotes a platform for multi-stakeholder cooperation in the field of information security

Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed (STORK)
Developed and promoted a European eID Interoperability Platform to allow citizens to establish new e-relations across borders (Europe) *Dissolved and moved new initiatives to STORK 2.0 in 2013

Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed (STORK) 2.0
Developed and promotes a European eID Interoperability Platform enabling citizens to establish e-relations across borders *Project concluded September 2015 (Europe)

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

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)
XML-based framework developed and maintained by the Security Services Technical Committee of the open standards

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

Develops aspects of hardware-based device security

Spectra Logic
Develops backup and archive solutions for secondary storage

Develops and promotes resources to counter viruses, spyware, and other badware

Sustainable Computing Consortium
Sought to improve software quality and security *Merged with Carnegie Mellon's CyLab Initiative in 2003

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

Telework Consortium
Promoted ultra-bandwidth telework for public and private sectors *Inactive

The Cloud Signature Consortium
Promotes a standard for cloud-based digital signatures that will support web and mobile applications

Develops trust benchmark circuits, tools and hardware platforms

Promotes development of open-source software to improve data security and privacy

Trusted Cloud Initiative (TCI)
Promoted education, research and certification of Secure and Interoperable Identity in the Cloud *Now the Enterprise Architecture Working Group

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 *Inactive

Worldwide Consortium for the Grid (W2COG)
Promoted networking technology to support Network Centric Operations (NCO) *Inactive

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Develops the XRI Data Interchange (XDI)

xDTM Standard
Supports organizations and consumers using Digital Transaction Management (DTM) to conduct transactions online

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