- Forrester Councils
- Councils Overview
- log in
Posted by Bill Nagel on June 13, 2008
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.
It's difficult to sum up the content: Internet-scale identity, identity-driven security, federation, single sign-on (SSO), provisioning, context-based authentication, mobile and user-centric identity, SOA, entitlement management, and information risk management all commanded their own tracks. But some unifying themes emerged, chief among them that well-planned and -implemented identity and access management (IAM) is increasingly a must-have if we want to have effective information security, information risk management, and even GRC in today's and tomorrow's enterprises. 2008 may not be the tipping point for IAM, but we're getting close. A few highlights:
One panelist put it best: Technology maturity and integration are all well and good, but we need workflow integration and organizational maturity. The need to implement IAM provides an opportunity to share information, define new policies and processes, and streamline existing ones. The CEO and CIO/CSO/CISO need to sit at the same table, commit to eliminating organizational silos, and devise a cooperative approach.
Lead BT Transformation
Develop customer-obsessed strategies to drive growth »
Forrester's CX Index
Predict how actions to improve CX will affect revenue performance.
Measure the customer experiences that matter most »
Free On-Demand and Live Events
Latest events from Forrester analysts, online and in person. »