We’ll let Chris tell you first-hand…
It was a good conference – an excellent gathering of decision makers in the identity access management industry.
Some of the key IAM issues discussed throughout the keynotes and sessions were:
Accountability – IAM solutions must provide audit trails, event tracking and reporting
Appropriate Access – providing the right access to resources at the right time
Onboarding – the entire process is much more that just creating a user
Device Security – they’re everywhere – users employ mobile phones, tablets at work. How do you control and standardize client access?
Mobile and the Cloud – it’s way of the future. How do providers deal with legacy IAM and securely integrating social identities into the business environment?
These are just a few of the challenges that IAM providers face as the definition of “user” changes in a highly mobile world and Microsoft moves to extend Active Directory to the cloud.
The sessions that dealt with customer case studies, especially large implementations and the challenges that they faced, were especially interesting. During one of the sessions, the point was made that IAM is a business need, not a technical need. The solutions that vendors provide should reflect this by making their products simple, very visual and intuitive to use without technical jargon commonly associated with software products like this.
The summit was very educational and it is always great to get some fresh perspective. The next step is to take this knowledge and use it to make certain that Namescape’s IAM solutions address the needs of our customers.