Membership

Certified Member:

  • Either an identity provider or a relying party.
  • Signed ID Federation Participation Agreement (which includes the ID Federation Trust Framework).
  • Membership fees paid in full.
  • Has at least one certified service with a federated entity.

Uncertified Full Member:

  • Either an identity provider or a relying party.
  • Signed ID Federation Participation Agreement (which includes the Trust Framework).
  • Membership fees paid in full.
  • Work toward certification is begun but not yet complete.

Uncertified Associate Member:

  • Either an identity provider or relying party.
  • Signed ID Federation Participation Agreement (which includes the Trust Framework).
  • At least 70 percent of full membership fees paid.
  • Expressed desire to become a certified member and requested access to specifications and other documentation. No timeline is set for certification, and no formal steps initiated.

Sponsored Agent Associate Members:

 

  • Agent interested in sharing insight about the independent agent channel with industry organizations. It is likely this agent is already:
    • active within the industry as a volunteer for ACORD, ACT or AUGIE working groups, as well as his/her own agency management system user group.
    • recognized as an industry advocate and leader in automation.
  • Agency must be a customer of an ID Federation member vendor and/or an ID Federation member carrier.
  • Not an identity provider or relying party.
  • Signed ID Federation Participation Agreement (which includes the Trust Framework).
  • Membership fees paid in full.

Subcontractor Associate Member:

 

  • An organization that assists identity providers and relying parties through the federation development process, yet is not itself an identity provider or relying party due to the nature of its organization and/or “product.”
  • Contract work relates to implementing federated technology on behalf of carriers, agencies or other solution providers that are in the process of becoming identity providers or relying parties.

Liaison Member:

  • An organization, typically non-profit or an agent/agency, that seeks to educate insurance organizations on topics critical to the success of independent agents.
  • Example organizations include ACORD, AUGIE, technology user groups.
  • Not an identity provider or relying party.
  • Signed ID Federation Participation Agreement (which includes the Trust Framework).
  • Membership fees paid in full.

Terms to know:

The ID Federation Trust Framework is the set of authentication standards agreed upon by the ID Federation.

An identity provider (IDP) creates, maintains and manages identify information, providing it to other service providers (such as a carrier or solution provider) within a Trust Framework federation such as SignOn Once. For example, an agent signs into the management system and is able to access multiple systems and websites under this one identity. The management system vendor is creating that identity.

A relying party (RP) “trusts” the identity information passed from an identity provider, relying on the provider’s authentication for access to the provider’s systems and/or websites. For example, a carrier is considered a relying party when credentials are sent from an agent’s management system during a real-time policy inquiry. Rather than requiring the agent to enter a user ID and password, the carrier “trusts” the identity authentication from the management system and does not ask for additional passwords.