Digital ID World: All things identity

* The conference will be returning to its roots with a more visionary approach

I'll be at the Burton Group's Catalyst Conference in a couple of weeks, and I do remember when this was the only event devoted to identity issues. But over the years it's expanded to encompass a lot beyond identity issues (this year there are eight tracks, only one of which is Identity-based). Fortunately, other conferences have sprung up with a more focused approach.

I'll be at the Burton Group's Catalyst Conference in a couple of weeks, and I do remember when this was the only event devoted to identity issues. But over the years it's expanded to encompass a lot beyond identity issues (this year there are eight  tracks, only one of which is Identity-based). Fortunately, other conferences have sprung up with a more focused approach.

Digital ID World (DIDW) is now, perhaps, the largest event dedicated solely to identity issues. I had the opportunity to chat with conference manager Lafe Low and program chair Eric Norlin a few weeks ago to get a taste of what to expect at this year's event.

The major takeaway from that discussion is that they want to get back to DIDW's roots and make the show more visionary than it has been the last couple of years. While recognizing that user-presented case studies ("What I learned while instituting provisioning/SSO/GRC/biometrics") can be useful, they essentially are a snapshot of some time in the past -- they reflect the state of the industry at the time the snapshot was taken. So it's important to frame them with current information as well as a look at what might be coming next. Speakers such as Larry Ponemon and Michael Barrett (first president of the Liberty Alliance) can help put context and forward thinking around today's ideas. I find this exciting, so I'm really sorry that I won't be at DIDW this year. You can be, though, by registering here.

Why won't I be there?  DIDW is Sept. 14-16 in Las Vegas. There's another event on those dates in Berlin, Germany. I can't be in two places at once, and (generally) Las Vegas always comes in second for me. Where will I be? Come back next time to find out.

There's a couple of new white papers you might be interested in (from the resources list at IdM Journal):

"Reining In Sharepoint," written by Courion Corp. This white paper outlines some best practices that have evolved to help protect SharePoint sites. It also describes the capabilities of Courion's identity-aware solutions that enable IT administrators and security managers to locate, analyze and remediate SharePoint sites with users who hold access rights that are inconsistent with best practices, corporate policy or regulatory requirements. 

Also by Courion is "Ensuring only the right people have the right access to the right resources and are doing the right things." Access assurance is a unique approach that ensures only the right people have the right access to the right resources and are doing the right things. This white paper defines the access assurance life cycle and identifies three core components -- access governance, access provisioning and access compliance -- which enable companies with even the most complex, heterogeneous environments to increase operational efficiency and transparency, strengthen security and improve compliance, while delivering lower total cost of ownership. 

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