Safehaus Finds Open Source Business Model in OATH

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Can an open source .org find happiness and success in teaming up with a multivendor consortium? It's a business model that seems to work for Safehaus, an organization now collaborating with OATH (Initiative for Open AuTHentication) on technologies for authenticating cell phone subscribers, among other things.

For its part, OATH was formed by vendors who perceived a void in standards around authentication based on strong encryption, said David Berman, OATH's membership chair, during an interview with LinuxPlanet.

"The static password has been a weak link. We need to drive down the costs of strong authentication," according to Berman, who is also director of partner marketing for VeriSign Security Services.

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