An Identity in the Cloud (IDCloud) Technical Committee has been formed by the non-profit OASIS group. They are charged with identifying "gaps in existing identity management standards and investigate the need for profiles to achieve interoperability within current standards. Committee members will perform risk and threat analyses on collected use cases and produce guidelines for mitigating vulnerabilities."
Hopefully, the establishment of this committee will produce positive outcomes. Standards for policy management, authentication services and security tokens (XACML, SAML, WS-Security, WS-Trust) are essential to to the acceptence and success of cloud computing.
Who is OASIS?
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for the Smart Grid, security, Web services, XML conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing, and other applications.