It never has been more obvious that Identity & Access Management/Governance (IAM/IAG) are the prerequisites for Information Security. Tax data theft in Swiss banks, with data being sold afterwards to the German state; the excessive access Edward Snowden had to documents; the excessive access Bradley Manning had to documents: these and many other incidents such as data loss, industrial espionage, or successful cyber-attacks stand for the need for better IAM/IAG. However, there is more: The daily trouble in many organizations when users do have access to systems and information they need; the ever-increasing audit pressure; the administrative costs of managing users and access entitlements manually; the need for managing access not only to on-premise applications but also the Cloud: It is about having IAM/IAG in place.
IAM/IAG is more than Directory Services, Identity Provisioning, or Access Governance. It is about a number of disciplines, with new hot topics emerging in these days, such as Privilege Management or Cloud IAM. It is about strong authentication of users and the ability to support BYOI (Bring Your Own Identity), enabling business partners and customers to rely on identities they already have. The new ABC (Agile Businesses: Connected) increases the IAM/IAG challenges. The “Identity Explosion”, a term Martin Kuppinger introduced back at EIC 2012, is a reality today. Organizations have to deal not only with their employees, but with business partners, customers, prospects, leads, etc. Instead of some Thousand or maybe some Hundred Thousands of users, it is about millions of users now. That all changes the IAM/IAG challenges and it changes the role of IAM/IAG for organizations. There is no way to open up your organization to deal with all these new users, without a strong IAM/IAG foundation. There is no way to become and stay compliant and secure (which not necessarily is 100% the same) without IAM/IAG in place. IAM/IAG is a key success factor within Information Security. It is a key success factor for today’s agile, connected businesses.
This track combines IAM/IAG strategy-related sessions.
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