The European Identity & Cloud Awards 2015 were presented last night by KuppingerCole at the 9th European Identity & Cloud Conference (EIC). These awards honor outstanding projects and initiatives in Identity & Access Management (IAM), Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC), as well as 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 from among the most outstanding examples of applications and ideas in the areas of IAM, GRC, and Cloud security. Additionally, two Special Awards have been given.

In the category Best Innovation / New Standard, the award was granted to AllJoyn. The system provides a standard that is essential for the IoT (Internet of Things). This allows devices to advertise and share their abilities with other devices they can connect to. 

The European Identity & Cloud Award for the category Best Innovation in eGovernment / eCitizen went to SkIDentity, which provides a bridge between various strong authentication mechanisms, in particular national eID cards from various European countries, and backend systems. SkIDentity runs as a cloud-based service which allows user authentication with various authenticators to a single service. 

Another award has been given to DNA Ltd in the category Best B2B Identity Project. DNA Ltd. is Finland’s largest cable operator with 3 million customers. Additionally, the company has 80,000 corporate customers that, e.g., need to view and manage their services within active contracts. Based on the new “Minun Yritykseni” (“My Company”) service, customers can easily manage all their contracts. 

The award for Best Approach on Improving Governance and Mitigating Risks in 2015 went to the University Hospital of Nantes. They have implemented a comprehensive IAM solution supporting a variety of use cases. At the core is SSO functionality, enabling strong authentication based on a multi-services card that also supports requirements such as rapid, contactless sign-on. Furthermore, as part of the project a comprehensive user self-service for entitlements, but also other types of assets, has been implemented.

In the category Best Access Governance / Intelligence Project, the award was granted to Nord/LB for implementing an IAM project focusing on realizing a modern, workflow-structured and role-based IAM system that mitigates existing risks and improves governance capabilities. An important element within its design and deployment was a clear segregation between management of identities and access and the technical operation.

dm-drogerie markt achieved the award for the Best IAM Project. This project stands for an IAM implementation that is focused on an environment well beyond the internal IT and the employees. While It supports the IAM and IAG requirements within the headquarters and central services, it also supports the more than 3,000 branch offices with their 110,000 user accounts and access of external suppliers, another group of 3,000 users.

PostNL was honored with the Best Cloud Security Award for its Cloud IAM-Projekt, leverage a fully EU-based Cloud Identity Service leveraged to support the requirements of user single sign-on, user management, and governance. A particular focus is on the ability of access governance across cloud services as well, that is supported by the implementation.

Finally, MEECO received a Special Award for their wise implementation of a Life Management Platform. It allows user controlled management and sharing of information and gives the user full control of their personal data. The second Special Award was given to Dialog Axiata & Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel for the project Mobile Connect. The combined Dialog-Mobitel Mobile Connect solution is a fast, secure log-in system for mobile authentication that enables people to access their online accounts with just one click. 

The European Identity & Cloud Awards honor projects that promote the awareness for and business value of professional Identity Management and Cloud Security.