While waiting for the pan-out of the Cisco System's acquisition of Securent, I can't help but wonder how Cisco is going to develop the Securent technology in its future products. Will the Securent policy engine (PDP) be used 1) as a main point for policy management and enforcement for network equipment, OR 2) will they continue using the product along the 'Securent-intended' path: enforcing fine grained application level policies by integrating policy enforcement points into applications, OR 3) managing fine grained authorizations on the network layer (without the need to open up applications), similarly to BayShore Networks, Autonomic Networks, and Rohati Systems? Without a comprehensive identity and access management offering (IAM), Cisco will probably be fit best to do 1) and 3) described above. This seems most consistent with Cisco's background and culture.
Several weeks on and I'm still digesting the massive amount of information and insight from the second European identity conference in Munich, organized by Kuppinger Cole. Five days chock-full of content (7 am to 7 pm every day!), 50 exhibitors, 130 speakers, four workshop tracks, five theme tracks, and 25 best-practice sessions. Hundreds of delegates showed up from all over, even though Infosecurity 2008 was raging in London the same week. EIC 2008 was a superbly run event, with the seemingly inexhaustible Martin Kuppinger at the center of the storm.