The Secure Identity Alliance (SIA) has announced that its OSIA specification has been recognized as an international standard, now officially designated as ITU-T Recommendation ITU-T X.1281, by the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T). This recognition marks OSIA as a global standard for information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, specifically focusing on APIs for interoperability of identity management systems.

This approval was secured with the support of ITU members, including 193 countries and leading ICT companies, as of 1st March 2024. The standard falls under the purview of ITU-T Study Group 17, which specializes in security standards. Key figures in this development include Debora Comparin, who highlighted OSIA’s maturity and its role in promoting fair market practices in identity management, and Prof. Heung Youl Youm, who emphasized the standard’s contribution to advancing global ICT infrastructure. Additionally, Abbie Barbir and Engr Abisoye Coker-Odusote discussed their roles and the collaborative efforts that led to the development of the OSIA specification, noting its benefits in fostering innovation, reducing fraud, and ensuring governmental control over identity systems.

The OSIA specification, along with related documentation and qualification programs, is available online for further reference.


Read the full announcement at the SIA website.


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