Live from The Identity Road Show - Identity becoming Core Security Focus

Getting towards the end of the morning presentations of the identity roadshow.

I see a recurring theme through many of the presentations, which usually means you should put this on the emerging concern radar to keep an eye on it. The presenters are analysts, partners, and Sun thought leaders in this area. These are not wild rants in the wilderness. But I am not sure they see the common thread.

What divine from several presentation is the future of identity is to be viewed as a core competency for Security and Risk Management. Identity Management has always been positioned as an area of interest to help in the general overall Security and Risk Management strategy of a company. Many of our large SI partners have their identity practice within their Security and Risk Management practice.

However, what I am thinking I am hearing now is that instead of being a supporting pillar in the overall solution, identity management is become a core competency required to have a successful program. This is significant. No longer is identity management a nice-to-have in an overall Security and Risk Management program (oh wait, isn't the buzz word GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance) fit here? More on that in a future entry.) but a required feature of to a successful program.

What does this mean? A enterprise must have a real and solid approach to identity management built into their overall Security and Risk Management model/program. in order to have a viable Security and Risk Management program, a solid Identity Management strategy is strategic to success. Perhaps we should call it Security, Identity, and Risk Management?

Finally, after years of believing this and evangelizing the importance of a rock solid identity management program, we are finally getting a seat at the big table. We are no longer optional, but mandatory.

So as you slog away into the night trying to implement a new branch in a workflow or control an new set of attributes in a newly assigned resource, have heart. You toil not on the fringes, but on a project that is becoming a recognized must have within your organization. More and more what you work on will have more and more respect going forward. The knowledge you gain today will become key fundamentals in future directions of your organization.

Congratulations. But get that change done today. Your day will come. The blip is on the radar.


On another topic (teaser) - Mark down June 19th - Good things come to those who wait!
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