ForgeRock VP of Community Elected President of 2013 Kantara Initiative's Board of Trustees

Allan Foster accepts position to further identity community’s mission for secure, identity-based, online interactions

SAN FRANCISCO — (BUSINESS WIRE  Feb. 26, 2013) — ForgeRock Inc., the pioneer of open source Identity and Access Management (IAM), announced today that Allan Foster, vice president of community, has been elected President of the Board of Trustees for Kantara Initiative. As president Foster will help steer the strategic direction of the organization with the Board as well as the Leadership Counsel.

“The Kantara Initiative’s Board of Trustees and Leadership Counsel have been working hard to increase the marketplace adoption of identity solutions by fostering community harmonization, interoperability, and innovation,” said Foster. “I am looking forward to furthering Kantara’s mission with the help of the Leadership Counsel and my fellow members of the board. With our combined experience we will continue to help bring holistic & trusted identity management solutions to market.”

As the vice president of community at ForgeRock, Foster is responsible for driving all the community aspects of products, including interacting with Standards bodies and technical architecture discussions with customers. Having served as a representative on various standards bodies, ranging from ANSI committees (Smalltalk, C++ and Forth), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Liberty Alliance Project, Kantara Initiative and Oasis, Forester will continue his work as an advocate for interoperability. These experiences coupled with his 25 years in the high-technology industry have provided Foster with unique insight into what is required to lead and cultivate thriving communities.

Established in 2009, the Kantara Initiative was formed by Concordia Project, DataPortablity Project, Information Card Foundation, Internet Society, Liberty Alliance, and The Kantara Initiative membership structure is unique in that it has been organized to ensure that there are zero barriers to participation. Membership levels allow for maximum industry-wide participation and include Participant, Member and Trustee categories, which individuals and organizations join depending on the size of the organization and type of desired participation.

About ForgeRock

ForgeRock is pioneering open source identity management through innovation, simplification, and openness for all identity services. Dedicated to democratizing Identity Management for everyone across enterprise, social, mobile and the cloud, ForgeRock products support mission-critical operations with a fully open source platform. ForgeRock’s Open Identity Stack powers solutions for thousands of the world’s largest companies and government organizations. For more information and free downloads, visit or follow ForgeRock on Twitter at

About the Kantara Initiative

Kantara Initiative ( is a robust and open focal point for collaboration to address the issues we each share across the identity community. Kantara activities focus on requirement gathering for the development and operation of Trust Frameworks as well verification of actors within Trust Framework ecosystems. Kantara Initiative Accredits Assessors, Approves Credential Service Providers Services and Recognizes Service Components (Identity Proofing and Credential Management).


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