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In the last 10 years machine learning has become ubiquitous and touches all lives in ways that was unimaginable before. The machines can make decisions that required considerable human effort at a much faster speed and reduced cost with a little human oversight. As a result, machines don’t just have a higher than before influence in shaping our lives but are also under increased scrutiny by both regulators as well as user rights advocates.
The adage “with great power comes great responsibility” has long been used – from French revolution to superhero comics. It has never been truer as the great power that machine learning wields is now in the hands of almost anyone making a software product. It ranges from giving people access to the funds that can alter their lifepath, medical diagnosis that can increase their life expectancy or reduce it dramatically to their social media feed that cannot just provide them the content that keeps them engaged, but also polarise their beliefs by feeding them information that reinforces their existing notions.
With the growing influence of AI technologies and the corresponding scrutiny, the way AI development happens is beginning to change. The full data science lifecycle needs to incorporate the elements of responsible AI and the professionals who know how to design and implement these will be the ones that employers will look for.
Authentication is broken, and longer, stronger passwords combined with first-generation MFA will not save the day. Hopefully, this is no longer controversial. We have over a decade's worth of data showing how most successful breaches involve stolen credentials. Now we are witnessing a rapidly rising number of breaches bypassing existing MFA. It is beyond time to address this problem head-on, but what are the key requirements for MFA that is up to the task? While the situation is dire, this will be a very hopeful view of the path forward. Help IS on the way!
As long as passwords exist, enterprises are vulnerable to account takeover attacks –yet organizations looking to eliminate passwords may not know where to begin their passwordless journey. While passwordless authentication methods—especially those based on FIDO2—are widely available, they are not yet universally supported nor adopted. This lack of a universal approach can cause confusion and complacency—or both. Attend this session to learn why (and how) organizations should move away from passwords and legacy MFA to advance to and adopt a secure passwordless strategy centered on phishing-resistant MFA in 2023
Whereas our Privacy and Security peers have top executive-level access and presence as well as often Board-level access, Identity typically does not.
Should that continue to be the case? Are the conditions right for the establishment of a Chief Identity Office… and is that even a good idea?
In this panel, Drs. Jacoba Sieders, Denny Prvu, and Ian Glazer will debate the pros and cons of the notion of a Chief Identity Officer role. Topics will include:
End-users have become accustomed to shopping, dining, traveling, learning, and caring for their health in an ever-more-digital fashion. Unfortunately, bad actors have put personal data at greater risk by perfecting a loop of using previously breached data to drive new data-rich breaches. We’ll examine:
The past few years have seen a startling increase in decentralized technologies for Digital Identities. So far, much of their adoption has been limited to academic or proof-of-concept integrations (barring some shining examples) rather than consolidated production-ready use cases.
Generally, there isn't an enforced link between real-world and digital identities, and rightfully so. Still, enterprises' policies and regulations mandate companies to ensure restricted access to reserved data and undeniable attribution, which collides with general anonymity and distributed principles. Albeit SSI technologies aim at filling this gap with trusted-yet-privacy-preserving solutions, companies still need to consolidate digital identities and collapse them into a well-defined entity. We will talk about a hybrid approach to classic IAM for workforce management including W3C native credential integration with solidified and well-established SSO federations. In other words, delegate to the end users the choice of which identity technology to use as long as they can provide a trust chain that the companies can verify.
Traditional network security focuses on perimeter defenses, but many organisations, systems and processes no longer have a clearly defined network perimeter.
To protect a modern digital enterprise, companies need a comprehensive strategy for securely accessing their IT resources (e.g. applications, physical access control systems, portals, data resources, and devices) wherever they are located.
APIs in supply chains and cyber-physical systems (CPS) are proliferating exponentially across the technology landscape, creating a huge attack surface that security teams struggle to understand and defend.
Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) refers to security concepts and threat models that no longer assume that actors, systems or services operating within the security perimeter are automatically trusted, but instead must verify everything and everyone who attempts to connect via an API to their systems resources before granting access.
Hence, ZTA is an important design philosophy to establish security mechanisms at the API layer of each individual IT resource for increasing API Endpoint Security in both, corporate infrastructures and open systems. Identity and authorization credentials as well as policies are a key enabler of securing the API endpoints.
These different ZTA approaches include:
1) ZTA Using Enhanced Identity Governance,
2) ZTA Using Micro-Segmentation, and
3) ZTA Using Network Infrastructure and Software Defined Perimeters.
Our presentation will demonstrate how Trust Frameworks and Identity Governance (1) are the foundational layer for a credentialing infrastructure. With this layer in place credentials can be used enable SW-defined perimeters (3).
We will provide in-depth insides how ecosystems solutions such as the Open Credentialing Initiative and Gaia-X are applying design patters using decentralized identity and verifiable credentials for (3).
This panel discussion is addressing what is currently happening to make the travel and tourism ecosystem ready for the use of a digital identity that has the level of assurance to cross an international border, board a flight and sign in to a hotel. The travel ecosystem still revolves around a physical passport/ID card or drivers licence and this is about to see incremental, but pivotal changes. The digital wallet will also ad to the way we get ready to travel and add verifiable credentials that travellers can share in advance of their trip.
Data is foundational to business intelligence - but how do you translate that into identity governance? Today’s enterprise has unprecedented levels of real-time, rich identity data across multiple parallel sources. More data leads to more predictive power in machine learning algorithms. These runtime data driven insights can become a central component to a systematic compliance and risk management strategy. This session will highlight how identity data can be used to uncover patterns, anomalies, and outliers and radically improve decision making, supporting your Identity First Security strategy.
Sure, MFA goes a long way in preventing account takeover but it is only one layer. Using AI to look at identity data to evaluate risk can add an additional layers – not only to prevent takeover but mitigate the impact once a takeover happened.
Good security gets out of the way of users while getting in the way of adversaries. Passwords fail on both accounts. Users feel the pain of adhering to complex password policies. Adversaries simply copy, break, or brute-force their way in. Why, then, have we spent decades with passwords as the primary factor for authentication?
The industry needs to trust passwordless authentication (FIDO2). Adversaries and then criminals have circumvented our authentication controls for decades. From the very first theft of cleartext passwords to the very latest bypass of a second-factor, time and again improvements in defenses are met with improved attacks.
What holds us back from getting rid of passwords? Trust. In this session, we will propose a framework of technical controls to ensure only trusted sessions authenticate, regardless of faults or failures in any one factor, and to reassess based on shared signals (CAEP). We will share a path forward for increasing trust in passwordless authentication.
There are clear battle lines drawn between the centralised and decentralised worlds, but how much of this is ideology and how much is simply a misunderstanding of how services are delivered, rights protected, and trust established? Both models have advantages and disadvantages but that doesn’t mean that one should simply replace the other.
Governments need data about us to plan services such as where schools and hospitals should be built or where the most vulnerable in society are so that they can be supported. That data can also be used to cause harm, but technology alone will not solve the problems of control, protection of basic rights, and the delivery of fair and fraud resistant services.
In this session Adam Cooper seeks to identify the real questions we should be asking and provides his own insights based on over a decade of working with governments, citizens, and the private sector to deliver better outcomes for all of us.