Identity conferences in full swing

* Getting out and about to learn more about identity management

I think this identity thing might just be beginning to catch on. I say that because my calendar is filling up rapidly with meetings, conferences and seminars for the coming year. Back when we started this newsletter, there was, typically, one event a year in which identity played any role – the Burton Group’s Catalyst Conference, taking place this year in San Francisco (June 25-29) and in Barcelona (Oct. 1-4). Just last week I attended two meetings, have another conference coming up next week, and a Webinar on Friday of this week!

There’s still time to sign up for this week’s event, a Webinar titled

“Integrating Provisioning and Single Sign-On” (Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. EST), which I’ll be moderating with participation from Chris Sullivan, Courion vice president of customer solutions; Chris Feeney, Imprivata technical engineer; and Edward Martinex, vice president and CIO of the Moffitt Cancer Center who will give a presentation. It’s free, so register here.

Just last Friday I went to a daylong session on mobile identity sponsored by Harvard’s Berkman Institute. I’ll tell you more about that next week when I get my notes organized.

Earlier last week was the Liberty Alliance’s Bay Area workshop which was, in essence, a jumpstart event for developers to begin to wrap themselves into the Liberty Alliance specifications. But not just corporate developers. Liberty’s new President, Oracle exec Roger Sullivan, took the opportunity to announce the new openLiberty initiative, which he said was "...established to provide easy access to tools and information to jump start the development of more secure and privacy-respecting identity-based applications based on Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services standards."

In keeping with that, Mary Ruddy did a presentation on the Higgins Project, the open source identity framework, and how it could be integrated with the Liberty offerings. Intel’s Conor Cahill and Sun’s Eve Maler did interlocking and overlapping presentations (along with NTT’s Paul Madsen) showing what’s currently possible and what the future holds for Liberty identity-enabled applications for the desktop, the laptop and the handheld device. I expect more workshops will be held in conjunction with Liberty Alliance meetings in the future, look out for them.

Coming up next week is the RSA Conference. While I think the number of identity-related conference sessions is down, I also think the number of identity-related vendors exhibiting is way up. But I’ll have more to say about that in a couple of weeks. There will be some significant announcements coming out of the conference, though. I’ll say more when I can.

Coming up on Feb. 26-27 is a European conference, Net-ID 2007 - Identity, Trust, Privacy and Security in Europe which will take place in Berlin, Germany. Leaders from industry, academia and government will be presenting the latest technological developments and discuss the issues and challenges facing identity, trust, privacy and security. There will be participants and speakers from all over Europe and the United States. The agenda and more details are online, sign up now.

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