Information Cards, access governance, and Human Identity Systems

* Announcements from the Gartner Group Identity and Access Management conference

In addition to the Internet Identity Workshop that I attended last week, it was also the third annual Gartner Group Identity and Access Management (Gartner IAM) conference, held in Orlando. Since I couldn't be on both coasts at the same time, I relied on a "proxy" visit to Florida.

Quest’s Jackson Shaw did an admirable job of blogging on the Gartner conference, and there were some reasonably interesting announcements made in conjunction with the show – or, at least, in the same week.

Most interesting, to me, is a follow-on from the Parity launch I mentioned last month (“Parity rolls out free Information Card issuing service”). Equifax, the credit score people, are launching the Equifax I-Card, which they claim is “a first-of-its-kind digital identity management solution that will make online transactions easier and more secure for both consumers and businesses.” At any rate it’s a “first-of-its-kind” use of the Parity technology by a major player. For a limited time, the Equifax I-Card’s will be free of charge. Click here for all the details.

<aside> If you have some time to waste, check out the Equifax sponsored game.</aside>

Aveksa, who now claims the lead in a niche called “access governance” (evidently Entitlement Management and plain old authorization are too common), have rolled out Aveksa Access Request and Change Manager. This new tool claims to provide simplified, compliant access request management by pushing the decision point for access requests down to line of business managers and even end users, allowing them to request or modify access privileges while enforcing business policies. In other words, it’s a new implementation of self-service authorizations. Check the nitty-gritty here (but I don’t think there are any games to play).

IBM announced a new emphasis on what they’re calling “Human Identity Systems.” As Al Zollar, general manager, IBM Tivoli Software, said: “Human identity and authentication systems are only valuable when they can be trusted.” The company also re-emphasized their partnerships with Arcot, Gemalto, and L-1 Identity Solutions in the area of strong, multifactor authentication – the process of verifying the identity of a person or entity and spent valuable presentation time at the Gartner conference talking about their Trusted Identity Centers of Excellence around the world. Find out more at the IBM-Tivoli Web site.

I do have one quibble with the IBM announcement, and it ties back to the previous newsletter about vocabulary and word use. But we’re out of space for today, so I’ll get to that next time.

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