Identity Management Blog

One of the hardest cases to make for any CTO or CIO is that reducing helpdesk calls or saving users 45 seconds per login is a true cost save. Typically referred to as “soft savings” they are considered inferior to “hard savings”. Hard savings are judged by the qualifier “how many people can I fire? … give me names.” It is now more important than ever for organizations to drive efficiency to remain competitive.
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In part 1 of this two-part article, we provided the context and motivation for organizations to adopt a viable model for handling its IAM infrastructure operations. In this article, we will discuss options available to address this need.
For some time, we have been discussing the advantages of a co-sourced model for Identity and Access Management (IAM).  In this two-part article, I will focus on the first logical step for migrating from a traditional IAM deployment model towards a co-sourced, managed service model: IAM Operations Management.
After reading very interesting posts by Earl Perkins at Gartner, an article from Deloitte on financial institutions making Identity and Access Management (IAM) their #1 priority, and my friend Nishant Kaushik's recent series on Federated Provisioning and the Cloud, which is brilliant and thought provoking (nicely done Nishant); I felt compelled to chime in.
Or is it the reverse: Is IDaaS the future of MSSPs?  That is the question...
In this 2-part article, I hope to explain the importance of identity assurance in everyday life. I will first level set on terms and definitions in part 1, and then illustrate with real-life examples in part 2.
First off, I would like to express my sympathy to victims of the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti. I can only wish that the rescue and recovery efforts yield positive results.
On Thursday January 7, 2010 (last week), I had the privilege of representing Kantara Initiative, in my role as Chair of the Identity Assurance[1] Work Group (also proxying for the Healthcare Identity Assurance Work Group) as a panelist in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) Workgroup hearings.
Happy New Year 2010 to all. Best wishes in the year that just starts.
In the midst of the holiday season, and with the anticipation and emotion that comes with the end of the year approaching, I have decided to write my first blog - an early new year's resolution perhaps. I must state that I have resisted the urge to blog for the last three years of my career for two reasons: on one end, I feared starting to blog and then dropping off and being inconsistent (just ...