Blog posts by Martin Kuppinger

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Taking One Step Back: The Road to Real IDaaS and What IAM Really Is About

Shifting IAM to Modern Architecture and Deployment Models There is a lot of talk about IDaaS (Identity as a Service) these days, as the way to do IAM (Identity and Access Management). There are also fundamental changes in technology, such as the shift to containers (or even serverless) and microservice architectures, which also impact the technology solutions in the IAM market. However, we should start at a different point: What is it that business needs from IAM? If we step back and take a broader perspective, it all ends up with a simple picture ( figure 1 ): The job of IAM is to...

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Redefining the Role of the CISO – Cybersecurity and Business Continuity Management Must Become One

Cyberattack resilience requires way more than just protective and defensive security tools and training. Resilience is about being able to recover rapidly and thus must include BCM (Business Continuity Management) activities. It is time to redefine the role of CISOs. I made this point in yesterday’s webinar on cybersecurity budgeting. If you missed it, you can watch the webcast here . Prevention is key in limiting cyberattacks. A Chief Information Security Officer is responsible for prevention. Best practices of employees are responsible for prevention. From the top down the...

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Blockchain: It’s not About Technology, It Is About Use Cases

Today, the German Federal Government announced its Blockchain Strategy . What might sound as a great thing, falls short, for a number of reasons. One is that it is late: after the first hype and somewhere in the phase of disillusion. This should have happened much earlier, specifically with the intent of getting or keeping a leading position. And, notably, more important would be to foster innovation by supporting start-ups with simplified regulations and administration for that type of businesses, and a far better ecosystem for venture and growth finance. A second objection: It is...

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The changing role of Azure AD in Enterprise IAM Architectures

For many companies, Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) was the basis for a coordinated step into the cloud, by extending the reach of their existing on-premises Active Directory to the cloud. For others, Azure AD was at the beginning just something that came with Microsoft Office 365 – just another target system when it comes to IAM (Identity and Access Management).  However, we are talking to more and more corporate executives who are considering whether Azure AD's role should become a more strategic element within their IAM infrastructure.   There...

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Coming soon: The KuppingerCole Leadership Compass IDaaS AM

We are about to release the update of the first of two KuppingerCole Leadership Compass documents on IDaaS (Identity as a Service). We have segmented this market into two categories: Access Management (AM) Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) A fast-growing market, IDaaS AM is largely characterized by cloud-based delivery of access management capabilities for business irrespective of the application and service delivery models. Improved time-to-value proposition prioritizes adoption of IDaaS for B2B, B2E and B2C access management use-cases, helping IDaaS AM to...

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Benefits of IAM in Healthcare: Compliance, Security, Profits and More

Healthcare organizations must use IAM as an integral part of their IT infrastructure in order to cope with challenges in various fields, such as compliance, regulations, cybersecurity, and Digital Transformation. In this respect, IAM not only serves as a security technology but also as a mechanism that helps responding to new business challenges and drivers. While every industry currently has to deal with the disruptive nature of the Digital Transformation and ever-increasing cyberattacks, some of the developments are endemic to healthcare organizations. For instance, complying with new...

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Robotic Process Automation – an IAM Challenge

Don’t Run into Security Risks by Managing Robot Accounts the Wrong Way Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is one of the hot IT topics these days. By using robots that automatically perform tasks that humans executed before, companies unlock a significant potential for cost savings. AI (Artificial Intelligence) helps in realizing RPA solutions. However, if done wrong, the use of RPA can cause severe security challenges. It starts with the definition of the accounts used by the robots. There appears being a tendency of creating sort of “super-robot” accounts –...

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Smart Manufacturing: Locking the Doors You've Left Open When Connecting Your Factory Floor

Smart Manufacturing or, as the Germans tend to say, Industry 4.0, has already become a reality for virtually any business in manufacturing. However, as just recently demonstrated by the attack on Norsk Hydro , this evolution comes at a price: There are doors created and opened for attackers that are not easy to close again. These new challenges are not a surprise when looking at what the quintessence of Smart Manufacturing is from a security perspective . Smart Manufacturing is about connecting business processes to manufacturing processes or, in other words, the (business) value...

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There Is a Price to Pay for Using the Shiny, Bright Cloud Service

One of the slides I use most frequently these days is about Identity Brokers or Identity Fabrics, that manage the access of everyone to every service. This slide is based on recent experience from several customer advisories, with these customers needing to connect an ever-increasing number of users to an ever-increasing number (and complexity) of services, applications, and systems. This reflects the complex reality of most businesses. Aside of the few “cloud born” businesses that don’t have factory floors, large businesses commonly have a history in their IT. Calling...


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