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European Identity & Cloud Awards 2014

The European Identity & Cloud Awards 2014 were presented last night by KuppingerCole at the 8th European Identity & Cloud Conference (EIC). These awards are honoring outstanding projects and initiatives in Identity & Access Management (IAM), Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC), and Cloud Security. Numerous projects have been nominated by vendors and end-user companies during the last 12 months. Winners have been chosen by KuppingerCole analysts among the most outstanding examples of applications and ideas in the areas of IAM, GRC, and Cloud security. Additionally, one Special Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award have been given.

In the category Best Identity and Access Management Project, the award was granted to the UK Ministry of Defence for a project that enables flexible collaboration between suppliers, including small vendors.

The European Identity Award for the category Best Access Governance and Intelligence Project goes to Banca Intesa Beograd. They implemented an Access Intelligence solution that provides insight into access risks not only for IT administrators, but for the various business departments. Thus, the workload for producing reports on access rights and risks for both auditors and the business is significantly reduced.

Another award has been given to NXP Semiconductors, based in the Netherlands. The category of this award is Best Cloud Security Project. NXP Semiconductors has implemented a Cloud-based IAM solution, managing access of users to a number of Cloud applications, based on a Cloud service provided from within Europe and thus avoiding legal and regulatory complexity.

The award for Best Innovation/New Standard in Information Security in 2014 goes to Kantara Initiative for the UMA (User Managed Access) standard. This new standard allows users to regain control over their data and has a significant potential for improving privacy on the Internet.

In addition, there has been a Special Award for Best Innovation for Security in the API Economy. The API Economy describes fundamental changes in the way organizations and systems interact over today's Internet, based on machine-to-machine communication via “Application Programming Interfaces” (APIs). The award went to IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) for the new JWT/JOSE specifications that build the ground for secure API-based communications and is essential for future secure mobile communications and the IoEE (Internet of Everything and Everyone).

Finally, KuppingerCole presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner for Ontario, Canada. Ann Cavoukian has developed the concept of “Privacy by design” that describes fundamental concepts for privacy and seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technology, organizational practices, and networked systems.

European Identity & Cloud Awards 2013

The European Identity & Cloud Awards 2013 were presented tonight by the analyst group KuppingerCole at the seventh European Identity & Cloud Conference. This award is honoring outstanding projects and initiatives in Identity & Access Management (IAM), Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC), and Cloud Security. Numerous projects have been nominated by vendors and end-user companies during the last 12 months. Winners have been chosen by KuppingerCole analysts among the most outstanding examples of applications and ideas in the areas of IAM, GRC, and Cloud security. Additionally, four Special Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award have been given.

In the category “Best Identity and Access Management Project”, the award goes to Virgin Media for the implementation of highly polished access control mechanisms with IAM technologies for the WiFi network of the London Underground metro system. This project went live for the 2012 Summer Olympics and had to meet very demanding requirements for high performance user authentication.

In the category “Best Access Governance and Intelligence Project” two awards have been presented to Deutsche Bank AG and Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd. Both companies have developed outstanding projects in the Access Governance field. Deutsche Bank AG has implemented complex access rules across the borders of business units, thus taking the leading role in the worldwide financial industry. Swiss Re has implemented a complete infrastructure for dynamic access permissions management, an important milestone in their architecture.

The award for the “Best Cloud Security Project” went to Evry ASA for their multitenant IAM infrastructure in the cloud with an impressively sophisticated security model, which, among other mechanisms, also supports authentication with national ID cards.

In the “Best Approach on improving Governance and mitigating Risks” category, the award has been presented to UKH (University Hospital) Hamburg-Eppendorf. They have protected their internal PC systems from unauthorized privileged access, while ensuring that IT service operators can still easily access the systems for support tasks. The project has provided massive improvements in sensitive data protection.

OAuth 2.0 has received the award in the “Best Innovation/New Standard in Information Security”. OAuth 2.0 is the most important new standard in the IAM field, which already enjoys broad recognition and support by the leading vendors on the market.

This year, the “Lifetime Achievement” award has been presented again, and this time it went to Kim Cameron, who has greatly contributed to the Identity Management field with his “Seven Laws of Identity” and who continues to shape the IAM field with new ideas.

Finally, four special awards have been presented.

A special award “Bridging the Organizational Gap between Business and IT” has been presented to Volkswagen Financial Services. VWFS AG has developed an outstanding and exemplary approach to the organizational structure for their Access and Identity Management Program, thus ensuring their business/IT alignment.

Another special award for “Rapid and Lean Implementation of IAM/IAG” went to E.ON Global Commodities. Their impressive Access Governance project demonstrates the possibility to implement IAM projects quickly in the most complicated application environments.

A special “Rapid Re-design and Re-implementation of the entire IAM” award has been presented to Schindler Informatik AG. This company has not only built an identity provisioning infrastructure for their project, but also performed a client migration to the new Windows version and restructuring of their Microsoft Active directory, working on several complex projects in parallel. At the same time, their HR has been standardized, forming a reliable information source for their IAM.

Finally, HypoVereinsbank has been awarded for their “Integration of Provisioning and Access Governance in a Complex Banking Environment” project for its business focus, global scale and groundbreaking approach to efficient onboarding of business applications.

European Identity Award 2012

The European Identity Awards 2012 honoring outstanding projects and initiatives in Identity Management, GRC (Governance, Risk Management and Compliance) and Cloud Security were presented yesterday by the analyst group KuppingerCole at their annual event, the European Identity Conference 2012 in Munich. Winners were chosen from a shortlist of exemplary projects and initiatives compiled by the analysts at KuppingerCole, end-user companies and vendors during the last 12 months. Award winners have all distinguished themselves through exceptional efforts in Identity and Access Management (IAM), Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC), and Cloud Security.

In the category "Best Identity and Access Management Project" the award went to Siemens AG. Siemens was awarded for their project DirX HRS service, which allows the use of hybrid cloud environments in a secure and verifiable way. The project is based on a flexible, scalable, standards-based architecture and uses dynamic, complex workflows to model the business rules for access approval.

In the category "Best Access Governance and Intelligence Project", the award goes to Europol. Europol has implemented a strategic IAM (Identity and Access Management) project, enabling centralized auditing across all IAM-modules. It is expandable to implement future requirements in a highly sensitive environment with a large number of external partners. It also involves real-time monitoring.

In the category "Best Cloud Security Project" two differently designed projects were awarded.

One award goes to Daimler AG for its project to secure its enterprise wide, cloud-based collaboration solution with strong authentication and an approach that ensures that sensitive credentials always remain within the corporate IT.

The second award goes to Sanofi S.A. for their approach to support for identity federation, which was implemented in a very short time frame and is characterized by a high level of acceptance of business users. This defines the foundation for further, timely support of business requirements in an agile business environment.

In the category "Best Approach to improving governance and mitigating risks", the prize goes to the Aéroports de Paris SA, the operator of the Paris airports. The company has implemented a privilege management solution that supports compliance requirements and integrates with security scanning solutions for the systems. This compliance processes have been optimized and complexity reduced.

The award for "Best Innovation / New Standard in Information Security" goes to OpenID Connect as a standard to support the authentication of users, which makes it easier to meet this requirement on the Internet and cloud environments.

The "Lifetime Achievement Award" goes to Prof. Dr. Reinhard Posch, CIO for the Austrian Federal Government, for his far-reaching, exemplary and successful efforts to implement identity and access management in public administration and in interaction with citizens.

Finally, a "Special Mobile Security Award" was given to Swisscom. The recipient of this award has been distinguished for its mobile ID solution, which, based on industry-standard hardware (SIM cards), enables secure authentication and other security services on mobile devices. Designed for easy use by business customers and – later - private users, the system is supported through managed services. This approach is an excellent example of how security can be increased in this critical area in a practical way.

European Identity Award 2011

The European Identity Award 2011 honoring outstanding projects and initiatives in Identity Management was presented on Wednesday by the analyst group KuppingerCole at their annual event, the European Identity Conference 2011 in Munich. Winners were chosen from a shortlist of exemplary projects and initiatives compiled by the analysts at KuppingerCole during the last 12 months. Award winners have all distinguished themselves through exceptional efforts in Identity and Access Management (IAM), Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC), and Cloud Security.

The European Identity Award highlights implementations and programs that the analysts of KuppingerCole believe have the potential to advance the awareness for and business value of digital identity in the context of business and commerce.

In the category Cloud Provider Offerings the winner is WSO2 for providing a multi-tenant Identity as a Cloud Service with OpenID and XACML support, build on an open-source platform, with several innovative features and migrating an on-premise solution to a full cloud service.

The award for the best On-Premise to Cloud Migration is gone to NHS Trust/King’s College London for their NHS Infrastructure providing a secure infrastructure for researchers in the cloud to store and share data while protecting against data loss.

As best Identity & Access Management project the award was given to BrokerGate, a Swiss solution working as a Secure Federation Broker for insurance brokers to manage federations instead of all the users, thus reducing the administrative workload and increasing security.

A special award for Integrated Identity & Access Management, a key topic of this year’s EIC, gone to Telefonica O2 Czech Republic for their successful deployment of a large scale IAM implementation covering provisioning, SSO, Audit, efficient application on-boarding, and more.

As best GRC (Governance, Risk Management & Compliance) project the BT Managed Fraud Service has been selected, a shared service providing real-time assessment of online transactions and analyzing fraud.

In the category Privacy the winners are Qiy and, delivering Innovative approaches to manage the personal identity in the Internet.

Two awards were granted in the category Identity-related eGovernment projects. One goes to Postecom for their CECPAC project, a certified, free mail platform open to all Italian Citizens for their communications with Public Administrations. The other goes to and the KATSO consortium for their Government to Citizen/Business services established in Finland, now used by more than 70% of the Finnish companies.

The award for the most influential standardization effort goes to OASIS and the XACML TC (Technical Committee) for the work on XACML 3.0, an important standard driving the externalization of security out of application for centralized management and control.

Finally, there is another special award for the best project around entitlement management and the externalization of security out of applications, given to the State of California for a service which manages authentication and authorization centrally for the Tax Service and a large number of applications, based on a central entitlement management system and XACML 3.0.

Outstanding projects and initiatives in Identity Management honored

European Identity Award for outstanding projects, innovations and advancements in the field of digital identity management was presented by the analyst group Kuppinger Cole at a festive ceremony at the European Identity Conference 2010, the leading European venue for Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) in Munich. Awards were given in six categories. Besides the award for “best innovation” in IAM or GRC, the categories include best program or initiative in internal projects, B2B, B2C, Cloud Computing and eGovernment/eHealth.

Vendors, system houses, consultants and enterprise users were asked to submit suggestions for the award. Additionally, the shortlist included projects and initiatives that have come to the attention of Kuppinger Cole analysts over the course of the last 12 months. The three award winners in each category were chosen from this list.

In the category “Best Innovation”, the European Identity Award will be shared by Microsoft and IBM for their solutions “U-Prove” and “Idemix”. Both solutions provide minimal disclosure of identity-related information and are therefore seen by Kuppinger Cole as pioneering efforts in enhancing online privacy and security. A third award went to Wipro Technologies for their IAM appliance solution based on Novell software which provides a full set of hardware and software components based on standards and optimized for easy configuration.

The award for “Best Internal Project” was shared by three winners. One award went to ªekerbank T.A.ª of Turkey for a solution developed together with Smartsoft and Oracle for providing risk-based authentication and authorization using neural networks. The second prize was awarded to Hannover Municipal Works for their IAM project based on a product supplied by Voelcker Informatik denoted by full ITIL integration as well as interfaces to a wide range of service and configuration management systems. The third winner is Schenker AG, a major logistics company which received the award for a project undertaken in conjunction with ic-Consult and using technology from IBM and which provides an innovative and consistent approach to Web Services.

In the category “Best Project B2C”, the prize was once again split between three contestants. The University of Washington was honored for its identity federation solution in research and education which was developed together with Microsoft and is intended to form part of their “Live@Edu” initiative. The Catholic University of Leuven (K.U.L.) in Belgium received a prize for its identity management solution for students and other groups, a solution that is tightly linked to SAP and which places a strong focus on regulatory compliance. Finally, the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Bayerns (KVB), the association of statutory health insurance physicians in the German state of Bavaria, receives an award for its simple solution for strong authentication developed with the help of Devoteam Danet.

The award for “Best Project B2B” was also shared by three winners. BMW was honored for its identity management solution covering more than 100,000 dealerships and other external users, replacing existing legacy systems and developed together with Omada and Microsoft. Thomson Reuters received a prize for its solution enabling users to easily and securely access various application services, and which is based on Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation. The third award in this category went to the Finnish State Railways Group for a system that enables consistent authorization management between different organizations which was developed with the help of RM5 Software.

In the category “Best IAM Project in Cloud Computing”, the award went to three projects run by single hosting providers or as multi-client cloud services. The first went to Orange FT Group of France for their innovative solution involving authentication of multiple identity and service providers within federated environments. Another award went to BasisOne, a hosting provider based in South Africa with a strong focus on SAP solutions, for an infrastructure project involving IAM technology provided by Novell. The third award was received by Piaggio Group of Italy for a hosted IAM solution based on products by Engiweb and focusing on defined, enterprise-wide business processes.

The European Identity Award for eGivernment/eHealth went to the University Clinic Munich for an outstanding project involving authentication and authorization for internal systems, which was developed together with Siemens and revolves around an especially lean and efficient authentication process.

The most important award of the year in the view of Kuppinger Cole also belongs to the category „eGovernment/eHealth“. It honors the German Ministry of the Interior’s electronic identity card project (“neuer Personal-Ausweis”, or “nPA”). The new digital document will be introduced in November of this year and is currently undergoing final tests. It will eventually replace existing ID cards for all German citizens and can be used to provide identity credentials for online transactions. The award honors the innovative and well thought-out concept that addresses concerns about data security in exemplary fashion.

Both the number of nominees for the European Identity Award 2010 and the quality of the project submitted far surpassed last year. This is seen by Kuppinger Cole as a general sign of increasing maturity in IAM and GRC solutions. Especially notable was the number of nominations in the category “Cloud Computing”, a trend that the analyst group feels will be sure to continue over the next few years.

Awards for outstanding Identity management projects

On the occasion of the European Identity Conference 2009 (EIC), the leading European event for Identity and Access Management (IAM) and GRC (Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance), the analyst firm Kuppinger Cole conferred the European Identity Award. The award recognizes outstanding projects as well as innovations and additional developments of standards.

There are six categories for the award. In addition to best innovation in the areas of IAM and GRC, and the best new or improved standards, the best projects of the past 12 months for the categories internal projects, B2B, B2C, and eGovernment are honoured.

Manufacturers, system integrators, consultants, and user enterprises were encouraged to propose candidates for the award. Kuppinger Cole also included projects they had encountered during their own analyses activities. Up to three outstanding projects and innovations were selected as recipients of the awards from the group of proposed candidates.

In the category "Best innovation", the award went to the OpenSSO initative, founded and supported by Sun Microsystems. Their project, OpenSSO Fedlet has provided a lean solution for the Identity Federation. Another award goes to the companies Yubico and AXSionics for their respective innovations in the area of strong authentication, which provide easier solutions for use on the internet and in the context of user-centric identity management. Another award in that category went to Microsoft for their Geneva project, in which federation becomes part of user containers - in the view of Kuppinger Cole, one of the most significant enhancements for future use and dissemination of the Identity Federation.

The European Identity Award for the category "Best new or improved standard" went to the Aristotle Project for ArisID, an important enhancement of IGF (Identity Governance Frameworks) and CARML, which enhances user-friendliness of these important standards for IAM and GRC. This particular innovation had been promoted and supported by Oracle. The standardization initiative OAuth (Open Authentication) receives an award for their streamlined approach for authentication standardization, which finds a lot of market interest. The last award in this category goes to the Information Card Foundation (ICF) for standardizing the important approach of Information Cards for future identity management.

One of the awards in the category "Best internal IAM/GRC project" went to Enel SpA, the largest energy supplier in Italy, for their nationally implemented large-scale project with full IAM and GRC integration, in which sophisticated SoD controls are used, and for which role management was widely implemented. Another award goes to Deutsche Bank AG for their GRC implementation in the financial sector, which provided fast implementation of control functions for user authorizations. And last but not least, one award goes to ECCO Sko A/S, a Danish shoe manufacturer, and Helvetia Insurance in Switzerland. These companies provided solutions for IAM and GRC implementations for the integration into other systems, e.g. Lifecycle Management and License Management (ECCO) and their respective procurement workflows (Helvetia).

One of the awards for "Best IAM/GRC project for B2B" went to Citi for their Global Transaction Service, which supports secure transactions for their B2B customers. The next award went to the Swedish BankID Consortium for their successful solution in the area of electronic ID, which can be utilized by their employees, partners, and clients, and has already been well established. The last award in this category goes to swissgrid ag, which recognized their approach for identity management in the electricity sector, where challenges are growing continuously more complex due to deregulation, and solutions need to be realized far beyond the boundaries of individual enterprises.

One of the European Identity Awards in the category "Best IAM/GRC project for B2C" goes to the Department of the Interior of the Czech Republic for their project CzechPoint, a kiosk-based approach, with which citizens can utilize eGovernment functions, and which significantly simplifies processes for both citizens and the state. Another award goes to the London Borough of Newham for their first implementation of Information Cards in eGovernment, which simplifies access to their services for citizens (clients).

One further award in the category "Best IAM/GRC project for eGovernment" went to  the city of Cologne; their project successfully transformed their internal IAM solution with a strong service management component into a common service center, which can also be utilized by other communities in the region.

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