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The European Identity & Cloud Awards 2015 were presented 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.
The concept of "think globally, act locally" has new meaning in the context of business organization risk from IoT, the cloud and other networked information system functions. The local instances of information functions on which businesses increasingly rely are part of data and identity “supply chains” that are hybrids of technology and policy that are themselves increasingly part of vast global networks where individual businesses often perceive a loss of leverage and control and increased risk. In effect, federated and cloud based data and identity functions are enabling these functions to be outsourced, like shipping, payroll, accounting and other company functions that have previously been outsourced to global networks.
The modern reality is that even the most technology conservative companies are thinking to shift some of their valuable assets to the cloud. However, since anyone with a credit card can purchase cloud services with a single click, the governance and control of organisations are frequently being circumvented. This can create various challenges for organisations that wish to adopt the cloud securely and reliably.
This session will lead you through various approaches on how to assess and mitigate risks for onboarding cloud solutions.
When moving to the use of cloud services it is most important to take a risk based approach. However the process involved is often manual and time consuming; a tool is needed to enable a more rapid and consistent assessment of the risks involved. This session describes why a risk based approach to the use of cloud services is needed. It introduces the KuppingerCole Cloud Rapid Risk Assessment Tool developed by KuppingerCole to help organizations assess the risks around their use of cloud services together in a rapid and repeatable manner.
This talk proposes a data-driven selection of organisational, technical, contractual and assurance requirements, so secure usage of cloud solutions within the enterprise can be guaranteed. The importance of data oriented control selection is outlined and key control domains are introduced.
Cloud ecosystems are dynamic and flexible enablers for innovative business models. Some business models, especially for the European cloud market, however, still face challenges in security, privacy, and trust. A common approach among cloud providers addressing these challenges is proving one's reliability and trustworthyness by audit certificates. Basically, audit certificates are based on national and/or international as well as business and/or governmental compliance rules. The most prominent certifications in cloud computing are the "Open Certification Framework (OCF)" of Cloud Security Alliance, EuroCloud's "Star Audit", and "Certified Cloud Service" provided by TÜV Rheinland as well as more general certifications following ISO 27001, BSI Grundschutz, ENISA, and NIST.
This session discusses the state of the art of auditing and certifying cloud ecosystems and how current certification catalogues and schemes have to be enhanced to meet future requirements - requirements such as dynamic certification, on-demand-audits, and automatic monitoring and evaluations.
The threat landscape became wicked and rougher. Governments are desperately trying to fight the cyber threats. But their efforts will never satisfy the needs. As a company, community or individual you remain a vulnerable target. Applying a layered information security strategy can effectively reduce your risk exposure. Define your drivers and long term security goals; involve your stakeholders; engage your customers, employees and suppliers; clearly communicate and achieve your targets by implementing the security roadmap are the key steps for becoming a security intelligent company who will be better protected against the next attack.
Various types of shared economic interests and risks create communities of interest where separate organizations work together such as in myriad supply chains worldwide. How can COIs come together in structured settings such as technical and policy standards initiatives, government programs, markets and other regulatory and self regulatory contexts to identify common needs and design, develop and deploy mutually acceptable solutions?
To help stakeholders balancing their needs to protect the organization against the needs to run the business - this is the new role IT professionals have to take over in the era of digital business. Moving forward, security people aren´t the "defenders against cyber threats" anymore. They are becoming the facilitators of a balance between the needs to protect and the needs to run a business. In digital Business, we are moving things into the cloud. We are moving things into software-as-a service. We don´t have control of them anymore. A lot of the traditional technologies just don´t apply. So we have to start looking at other things like contract clauses and the new types of controls which come along with the new breed of digital risks.
In this presentation, the risk of privacy in the modern communication technology, both Internet and mobile networks, is analyzed. It turns out, that users have to negotiate the risk of privacy between refraining from services, trusting services, using self-data-protection methods and trusting privacy enhancing technologies. Services, on the other hand, have to present themselves as trustworthy with respect of their competent and decent way to handle user data. This presentation identifies the privacy principles and related trust areas and protection means.
Risk is often seen as a dirty word in business. It is a thing that needs to be reduced to nothing, and has no possible good use in an organization, especially a security programme. This couldn’t be more wrong! Risk is an inherent part of any business, and yet it is often poorly recognized and leveraged in the security organisation.
In this presentation Thom looks at three areas of the risk conundrum to open the veil on the elusive art of understanding and ultimately measuring risk:
Well-managed organizations address unique and emerging risks, such as networked data and identity-related risks in the context of their overall risk profile, and seek to implement solutions that can cost-effectively address organizational risk at multiple levels. As new online and networked system risks associated with data and identity handling systems have surfaced, pre-existing risks still remain relevant; and together they vie for the attention of managers around the world, causing them many sleepless nights. How are emerging risks similar to and different from traditional risks faced by enterprises? How can traditional risk mitigation strategies inform, or mislead, managers seeking to address emerging risks?
Hanns Proenen takes you on a small journey through traditional IT security, as it was until recently, and how he is observing and experiencing the shift to information security and IT risk. He talks about the tasks for the IT Risk Officer and how to build a firewall between the digital and the analogue world.
In evaluating distributed systems risk, the attention to data is misdirected. Rather it is the distributed nature of data management systems (and the increase in interaction volume) that increase the perception and actuality of risk. Distributed problems need distributed solutions. Applying the community of interest approach – how can your organization more effectively reduce and manage risk?
Data is the lifeblood of organizations and managers of organizations have access to increasing volumes of data; but what does data really mean in a given context? How can effective and dynamic risk evaluation and mitigation processes be cultivated from better measurement practices in an organization, and a more nuanced understanding of how different sources of risk will reveal themselves through different sorts of metrics.
The panel is comprised of industry experts from NIST NCCoE, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco and HyTrust, who discuss the role of policy management in the software-defined era. Speakers present commonly used policy definitions and usage, and debate the emerging need for policy-based resource lifecycle management, including how to secure these resources and demonstrate compliance, leveraging concrete use cases: 1) Software Defined Networking, 2) Software Defined Data Center/Orchestration, and 3) NCCoE Building Blocks – ABAC and Trusted Geo-Location.
Cloud adoption is rapidly increasing, many organisations struggle to establish a sustainable contracting process. The one-size-fits-all aspect of cloud computing is often reflected in the limited flexibility of cloud service providers during contract negotiations. More and more organizations are left with the choice of signing standard terms and conditions. This strongly increases the need for organizations to define their contract requirements prior to selecting a cloud solution. The specific types of data (e.g. confidential data, privacy sensitive data) to be stored in the future cloud service, the related risks and applicable legal domains (e.g. data privacy, trade controls) should determine the contract requirements. These requirements have to be taken into account in order to ensure compliance with laws and regulations after accepting any terms and conditions.
The proposed new data protection regulation aims at European data protection standards which are better harmonized than the current legislation and also suit the technical standards in times of transformation. A unified data protection Regulation that is directly applicable as part of the EU’s Digital Single Market shall make it easier for all parties to understand what their rights and obligations are and what compliance risks they need to manage. One of the main changes foresees that EU data protection law is valid whenever the European market is targeted – whether from within or outside of the EU. Amongst other regulatory novelties, strict enforcement and data protection by design will mean a truly new data protection environment.
SAML, OpenID, OpenID Connect, WS-Federation all support identity federation – cross domain authentication. But, can we always expect all the parties in a connected environment to support SAML, OpenID or OpenID Connect? Most of the federation systems we see today are in silos. It can be a silo of SAML federation, a silo of OpenID Connect federation or a silo of OpenID federation. Even in a given federation silo how do you scale with increasing number of service providers and identity providers? Each service provider has to trust each identity provider and this leads into the Spaghetti Identity anti-pattern.
Federation Silos and Spaghetti Identity are two anti-patterns that need to be addressed. This talk presents benefits, risks and challenges in a connected identity environment.
Risk is akin to the multitude of bacteria found in the human body; without it the body does not flourish. If you think your risk assessments and risk registers keep you safe from risk, then think again. Risk is a vital part of business, one that helps prompt correct decision making, open up greater rewards and helps grow an organisation and keep it healthy. Learn from clear examples and understand when risk can be embraces and when it can be avoided.
Identity and Access Management is one of the core building blocks to address IT/OT challenges. The specific situation of OT solutions and critical infrastructures, however, entails a set of functional and non-functional requirements which cannot be fulfilled by off-the-shelf IAM products available in today’s marketplace. New cost-efficient deployment methods, nearly unlimited scalability and light-weight APIs and protocols must be defined and implemented to shape the IAM architectures and services of the future.
In this keynote we give a short overview of the current technology landscape for IAM, the new requirements and some design principles and promising technologies and standards.
In the last years we see that privileged accounts in Operational Technology (OT) environments (e.g. critical infrastructure) have an even higher importance and criticality than in the traditional IT. OT networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) implementations are taking shape and are being connected to enterprise networks and to the internet. This brings many business advantages but also opens these once isolated technologies to advance threats. Securing these privileged account and their privileged sessions are a critical security practice for enterprises and critical infrastructure operators.
We are standing on the very brink of the most fundamental change in the way human beings use technology since the introduction of agriculture, over 6 thousand years ago. The Internet of Things will not just change our work or home, it will change every aspect of our lives, including redefining the very concepts of privacy, industry and government. When something is so important, how can we build in the security and intelligence necessary? What are the key challenges we face? And what will an always on, hyperconnected world mean to the concept of identity itself?
In this plenary session, David Mount discusses the opportunities and challenges of the Internet of Things, as well as some of the early indicators of what the IoT world will look like. He also addresses thinking on security and privacy, and the critical role that the concept of identity will play in the future.
As our lives are becoming increasingly digital, we all need to protect and manage our personal digital assets including family pictures, health information, contact data, calendar entries, and digital identity information. We store and use these information at different places using different devices.
In this talk, Dr. Camenisch reviews the state of the art in cryptography in terms of how it can help us to protect and manage our data on different devices and in the cloud. He discusses what features the different cryptographic mechanisms provide and to what extend they can be used in practice or how far out they are.
Vodafone’s Workforce Identity and Access Management (WIAM) platform treads the line between Security - being a guardian of the Vodafone brand – and a Business Enabler – providing an agile, cost-effective, simple method of allowing 350,000 users to access IS and telecom systems. Based on their recent experiences, successes and failures, Nick provides practical insights to delegates on the programme methodologies, design principles and business decisions, which can help future-proof your enterprise-class IAM solutions.
Much has been written about “Black Swans”: unpredicted, massively game-changing and, in hindsight completely foreseeable events. Why do they happen and why are we surprised? More importantly, what can we do to mitigate against the unforeseeable?
The potential for game-changing risks is becoming more frequent and more impactful, due to global drivers and trends: from the technology front (speed of technical advance and disintermediation of technology) to the business front (concentration risk from outsourcing and interdependencies of supply chains) to the political front (Eurozone consolidation and global terrorism).
Enterprise identity management has been primarily focused on serving the correct access to employees and contractors. But as the industry has been perfecting how to serve employees, consumer identity has presented itself as a growth opportunity for businesses and identity professionals alike. Unfortunately, the industry has tried to apply employee-centric techniques for consumer and citizen identity scenarios. In this talk, Mr. Glazer highlights the difference between employee- and customer-centric identity and proposes techniques that identity professionals need to employ to delight customers.
Self-determination, decisional autonomy, privacy enablement, and meaningful choice are not just tools for customer satisfaction: They’re also tools and characteristics for identity management in the enterprise that’s ready for digital transformation. How has user-managed identity and access shaped up so far, in terms of technology, processes, and adoption? And what progress can we expect in the decade to come? Join ForgeRock innovation VP Eve Maler to learn about the exciting ride we’ll all be on — one you’ll actually enjoy, because last we checked, enterprise IT experts are people too.
As organizations race to transplant onsite infrastructure and applications to the Cloud, strong yet flexible control over authorization will play a critical role. Each Cloud vendor approaches the challenge of role and attribute-based authorization in a completely different manner and the facilities they offer are undergoing a rapid evolution. This session offers an overview of the authorization capabilities offered by the Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS platforms and include best practice suggestions.
eIDAS Regulation 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services provides the legal framework for the cross-border recognition of electronic identification means, ensures the legal certainty and interoperability of trust services (namely electronic signatures, electronic seals, electronic registered delivery services, electronic time stamp and web site authentication) and establishes the non-discrimination of electronic documents vis-à-vis their paper equivalent. The presentation focuses on the role of eIDAS in realising the digital single market and on the actions at the EU level to support the uptake of electronic identification and trusts services and the Regulation in the EU.
It seems that the Internet of Everything and the convergence of IT and OT (Operational Technology) are on their way to take control over the analogue part of our world, with digital threats not only affecting our companies and each of us as individuals, but also public life as a whole. How real are those threats and how serious are the risks evolving from them?
Hanns Proenen shows in his keynote, why mitigation and remediation of digital risks evolving from this new threat landscape are requiring new skills from IT security professionals and how these new skills will look like.
As value propositions for organizations have changed, risks and risk mitigation strategies have changed along with them. When value was derived chiefly from physical property, risk involved more traditional theft or destruction of property and the technologies of fences and vaults, and fire extinguishers and insurance were developed to mitigate such risk to physical property. When value propositions migrated increasingly to services, risk of loss of proprietary secrets emerged, and mechanisms of secrets and confidential information were deployed to mitigate the risk of loss of such intangibles. The digitization of information led to new intangibles markets and new risk mitigation (in the form of information flow controls such as DRM and encryption).
If you announced “we will remove the internet firewalls” different people will hear different things. However, to ensure continued security (confidentiality, availability and integrity) of your information assets you will need to re-prioritise your budget spend, fit out your team with different skill sets, and paugh wholeheartedly at your peers. This presentation discusses all the considerations you may want to take before setting yourself down the path of removing the external barriers, which by itself will lead you to re-define your vision, strategy and roadmap.
The Digital Transformation of Business is unstoppable. It affects virtually all industries. The IoT (Internet of Things) is just a part of this transformation, at the technical level. However, without changing business models, organizations will not succeed. Furthermore, connecting things with apps and services is imposing new challenges. These include product security and liability issues, but also appropriately dealing with customer “big” data. Identity, Access, and Security become critical success factors for the Digital Transformation of Business. Martin Kuppinger talks about how IT has to transform and how Information Security can become a business enabler for the Digital Transformation of Business.
How can this aim be achieved in an complex global enviroment? The approach is based on an overall process of Identity & Access Management operated by a multi-level control system. Following the 3 LOD-model different layers are linked in order to reduce digital risk via connected activities (e.g. recertification, SOD-checks, …). Combined with strict processes, an intense communication with the business and measurement by key indicators.
Cyber security has been under the spotlight for the past few years. Due to the number and seriousness of cyber incidents, the media’s focus on such incidents and the importance of tackling cyber issues in the extensive digitization of most organisations, this area requires the attention of C-level executives and supervisory boards. John discusses in his talk some lessons learned on how to engage C-level executives and board members to take well-informed, business risk driven decisions on handling the cyber risk.
Cloud, Mobile & Social continue to have an impacting effect on IAM projects. In addition to this, Digital business plus Internet of Things have begun to further influence the IAM programs worldwide. The Convergence of identities like people & things is furthermore driving these trends. Hence the question can be put: Is Identity in the gravity center of these emerging trends? The presentation goes though some real life examples of how Security and Identity Management are enabling Digital Transformation from the business and technical points of view.
Digital Identities are transforming the way companies architect their IT environment. They adapt and optimize by moving to cloud, adopting mobile technologies and interacting with customers through social platforms. These open enterprises now have little control over how users are entering their networks to access corporate information. As such, Identity has become a key security parameter that businesses can control. Watch this session to learn how organizations can manage the identity context across all security domains by implementing a threat-aware approach to IAM.
The holy grail of security is to ensure the right people have access to the right things, always, anywhere, everywhere and all the time. Is it simply coincidence or a premonition of fate that the mission of the Identerati is to enable the same thing? With identity becoming the control point, the backplane and the new perimeter in a world with shifting borders, it's time to rethink our overall approach to information security. Identity defined security is moving to center stage and this session will explore the patterns and architectures of this new approach to security.
Did you know that today, there are over 30 billion connected IoT devices? And that in 2020, that number will double? Do you know how these devices connect to the internet? To each other? To their manufacturer? How many IoT devices are used within your company? If you’re a security professional you’ll need to be able to answer these questions and more. In this session, Jackson Shaw discusses the convergence (collision?) of IoT with IT and OT, what it means to him as a consumer and what it means to us as identity and IT security professionals.
It is the combination of identity services, mobility support, and cloud services that allows organizations not only digitalizing their business, but keeping it secure anyway. It is about enabling business agility while not ending up with unprecedented risks. Combining business innovation with IT innovation, particularly around identities and the cloud, is the foundation for successfully mastering the digital revolution.