Wednesday Jan 14, 2015

The Future of User Authentication

Author: Prateek Mishra

As business and citizen services, entertainment and social life all become digitized and virtualized, passwords emerge as a key piece of data to be used for stealing information and online resources. In the past, this was a possibility and an occasional occurrence but in recent years the Apple Celebrity Photo breach [1], JPMorgan [2] and Pharmaceutical Company [3] data breaches have demonstrated the increasing scale and range of password-based threats to businesses. It is interesting to observe that each of these three breaches demonstrates a *different aspect* of the "password problem": ability to guess or reset passwords, password re-use and subsequent discovery from a website with weak security controls, and last, phishing attacks targeted at executives or administrators.

Pundits, bloggers, security gurus and journalists have all declared passwords "dead".
The Motorola login pill [4], the heartbeat monitor [5] and device hardware [6] are just a few of the many claimants jostling for a tryout as password replacements. So are we finally at a point where passwords will no longer be used to login to your employer or at your online medical portal?

To get some perspective, it helps to step back and review the overall context in which passwords are used and the different parties involved. For the business or service provider, passwords are a *scalable* and *low-cost* way to control access to services. For the user, there is a familiarity and ease with the *ceremony* of password use and the overall *user-experience*. Finally, both businesses and users share a conceptual and visual understanding of login page, user registration, forgotten password service and so on.

A successful new model for authentication must address these issues. While business costs and administrative overhead are important, a predictable and easily learnt user-experience is critical and for obvious reasons. The best authentication model is useless if customers or employees find it difficult to use. This is the key reason why it has proven so difficult to transition away from passwords - even after many years of effort - Bill Gates [7] had called for their removal almost a decade ago!

As we are all aware, one significant technological change in the past five years has been the worldwide availability of phones - smart phones (now widespread in the developed world) and wireless feature phones (in the developing world). And perhaps herein lies the future of authentication. We all know how to use a phone and its services, and we are being trained to download and install applications. Phone features are constantly being improved and a foundation for innovative ways to authenticate.

The popularity of a phone-based "authenticator app" which provides TOTP (Time-Based One-Time Passwords) to augment existing password systems is a great example. The technology is well-known and was standardized in RFC 6238 [8] by IETF (the folks who helped define most of the protocols for the internet such as HTTP and SMTP). As an open standard, it has been reviewed by leading experts in the field and so we can have some reasonable expectations of its robustness and quality.

Many websites and vendors now provide such an app: for example, the Oracle Mobile Authenticator can be installed on Android [9] devices or an iPhone [10] and works in concert with the Oracle Access Manager. Once a user has installed the authenticator app, they are guided through a registration process which connects the app to their online account. Notice that a password is still required for this step. The app generates six digit (pseudo) random numbers, in a sequence specific to the user, typically changing to a new number every 30 seconds.

At subsequent logons, in addition to their password, the user is prompted to enter the current random number displayed by the app. Even if the password has been compromised and is known to an attacker, the attacker will be unable to login to the user account.

Clearly this "password+otp" model has its limitations. An attacker could "phish" both the password and the code and within a few seconds login into the user account. A more sophisticated attacker could extract information about the random number generator from the app or the target website and simulate the random number sequence used by the app.

Nevertheless, this model protects against a common attack - where the password was guessed or discovered at a previous time. The level of security sought by a business should be based on the value of the resource and types of attacks against which it is trying to protect itself. The goal is to *impose costs* on an anticipated class of attacks, versus achieving some security ideal. The password+otp user-experience remains a familiar one, though individuals do have to learn the extra step of viewing the app on their phones to retrieve the current number, and entering into a login screen.

Passwords aren't dead but they are going to be less important in the future. They will provide only one component of user authentication, though the conceptual and visual model of the login page will be retained. There are going to be lots of experiments, some profound and some silly (authentication tattoos anyone?), that companies and researchers will bring forward. The recent iPhone 6 [11] fingerprint scanner and Keychain integration is an intriguing sample: how can it be integrated with the familiar login experience and might it become a universal feature of smart phones in the future?

[1] http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/09/02Apple-Media-Advisory.html
[2] http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/12/22/entry-point-of-jpmorgan-data-breach-is-identified/?ref=technology&_r=1
[3] http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/technology/hackers-target-biotech-companies.html?_r=0
[4] http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/31/motorola_tattoo_pill_authentication/
[5] http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/11/21/the-heartbeat-vs-the-fingerprint-in-the-battle-for-biometric-authentication/
[6] https://fidoalliance.org/
[7] http://www.informationweek.com/gates-says-security-is-job-one-for-vista-/d/d-id/1040561?
[8] https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6238
[9] https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=oracle.idm.mobile.authenticator&hl=en
[10] https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oracle-mobile-authenticator/id835904829?mt=8i
[11] https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/samplecode/KeychainTouchID/Introduction/Intro.html

About the Author


Prateek Mishra is Technical Director at the Identity Management Division, Oracle. His group participates in standards and open source activities, including OAuth and OpenAz. He is best known for his pioneering role in conceptualizing and creating the SAML identity standard.
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Thursday Jan 08, 2015

Shoulder Surfed by a Kid: Why cruel and unusual mobile security policies compromise security…

Author: Clayton Donley, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle Identity Management & Mobile Security.

“Thank you for your purchase of Mojo! Your credit card has been billed $19.95.”

As I leaned back and reviewed my morning email on my iPad, I was surprised to see a receipt for a purchase of something called Mojo. However, it quickly dawned on me exactly what it was and how this had happened.

You see, for a few weeks my son had been playing a free-to-play game on his iPad. In this game, there was a virtual currency called Mojo. He had been asking for me to spend real money to buy some of this virtual currency and I had spent an equal amount of time denying this request. So when the receipt landed in my inbox, I knew exactly what it was and who did it. What I didn’t know was how he had managed to make the purchase.

My iTunes password had lower and upper characters, a special character, no dictionary words, and a number. I wasn’t using it on any other site and hadn’t even given it to my wife.

What I had done was type it on my iPad that morning before I left for work, allowing each character of the password to echo on the screen as I typed it.

Apparently, a properly motivated 9-year-old (at the time) can easily watch these characters echo over your shoulder and enter them later on their own device.

What if this was an Enterprise Password?

Many companies still use login/password to access corporate VPNs and business applications.

Imagine that you work for one of these companies and visit a conference or trade show and that you have decided check a file share, CRM application, or wiki using your mobile device.

You pull out your device, unlock it, and launch the application. Usually you’ve entered at least two layers of passwords by this point (perhaps using your fingerprint or swiping rather than entering a PIN to unlock your device).

While the device unlock is important, it requires that someone actually have your device to make it useful. The second sequence, where you connect to your corporate network (or cloud provider) is much more interesting. This is where you go from giving someone access to 32GB of data on your phone to countless terabytes stored in your enterprise.

If your organization hasn’t put into place one-time tokens or two-factor authentication, you’ve potentially given a motivated attacker an easy way to get access to your network. It’s much easier to watch your screen echo your password than it ever was to watch you touch-type your password.

Where some organizations get things exceptionally wrong is by enforcing even more frequent policies on authentication when coming from a mobile device. The idea is that because devices can more easily lost or stolen, it’s ideal to request users re-authenticate frequently to prove that they are still in control of the device.

This particularly cruel and unusual policy not only degrades user experience and encourages people to choose easier-to-type passwords, but also subjects these passwords to more frequent exposure.

Fortunately there are better security policies and better software to make those policies work well.

What Actually Works?

The easiest solution to this problem is to use the device itself as an authentication factor. This means that a hacker needs both my password and the device in order to login. This can be as simple as device fingerprinting and as complicated as leveraging digital certificates.

An even better solution is to move away from using any passwords in the first place, leveraging PKI and other established technology to handle the authentication between the device and the service, while using emerging technology like containerization to ensure that only appropriate applications on the device can leverage that session.

With employees bringing their own devices to work in BYOD programs, it’s very important to take an approach that focuses on applications, rather than devices. Over-hardening security at the device-level (e.g. even just to play Angry Birds), rather than just stepping up authentication when it is really needed (e.g. to view customer data), over-exposes credentials and gives users incentives to work around the inconvenience of security.

What about the Young Hacker?

With no shortage of hidden pride (and considering his promising future black hat career working with the LizardSquad and CryptoWall teams), I let my son know that he wasn’t allowed to do this sort of thing anymore.

Within a few days he proceeded to get my next few passwords, but “only used them to get free apps”. At this point I gave up.

About the Author


Clayton Donley is the Vice President of Product Management for Oracle’s Identity Management and Mobile Security products.
You can follow Clayton on Twitter at @cdonley.

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Tuesday Jan 06, 2015

Oracle Magazine: Reducing Risk While Mastering the Digital Identity

Just released - the latest issue of Oracle Magazine is focused on security and features two great case studies you will want to share with your customers. These two stories highlight how companies are reducing risk and at the same time mastering digital identity. "Businesses need identity management systems to provide a single point of access and control while reducing costs and improving operational efficiency. Learn how two organizations are turning to the Oracle Identity Management solution to enable growth and business transformation."( Phillip Gill, Oracle Mag 2015)


Oracle Magazine, January - February 2015

A United Workforce
Vodafone
At Vodafone Group, the world’s second-largest telecommunications company, the first step in adapting to the mobile, social, and cloud evolution was to unite corporate identity and access management.

Empowering Customers
Electrabel
Electrabel GDF Suez, the largest supplier of electricity and gas in Belgium, is counting on identity management to help it reach out to millions of its residential customers to reduce energy consumption.

Monday Jan 05, 2015

Minecraft and Identity Management - What an Identity Management guy learned from managing a world populated by tweens and teens

Author: Clayton Donley, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle Identity Management & Mobile Security.

“Lava and TNT is covering the entire spawn, dad! Can you fix it?”

I help my 12-year-old son run a Minecraft server for his friends, as well as random strangers (500+ at last count). Players point their Minecraft game at his server and work collaboratively (or so we hope) with others to build things, chat, and otherwise have fun.

In the span of two years, there’s been a lot of learning when it comes to managing a system where the bulk of the users have pre-teen or early teen levels of maturity.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Apparently on a server loaded with pre-teen users, there’s actually a LOT that go wrong…frequently.

In addition to my Saturday mornings of cleaning up lava and TNT (CoreProtect is your friend), I’ve needed to unban dozens of legitimate users, revoke privileges from griefers who have decided to destroy parts of the world, and kill off entire populations of zombies, creepers, and other creatures that were placed with the intent to DDoS the server with lag.

While on the surface these all seem to be different problems, they all ultimately come down to the wrong people having too much access and a lack of visibility into who has access to do what.

Who can you Trust?

To be clear, this access generally started with one person (my son), but as a server grew, this power got distributed to other helpers. These helpers get roles like Admin, Mod, Builder, etc… that give them a range of powers.

Minecraft servers support a notion of privilege systems. These systems allow you to very granularly define what each of these groups have access to do. For example, the Builder role might have access to make broad changes to the world by placing blocks in bulk using the WorldEdit, while users in the Mod role may have access to kick a player off the server or ban them. Figuring out which role grants access to what privileges involves manually sifting through pages of roles and permissions in a text file. Users can also have permissions that override the ones defined in their roles or have their roles and permissions restricted to only certain worlds or regions within the server.

If you’ve ever visited a multi-player Minecraft server, you’ll notice that the chat logs are inundated with kids asking others for all kinds of elevated access. If you’ll only make them a Mod, they’ll be your friend for life, bring all their friends to your server, build great things, and help you keep everything running smoothly. They’re friends with so-and-so, who runs the biggest Minecraft server you can imagine, and she will get so-and-so to send people to your server as well.

This is all bulls***. You’re much better off giving your password to the guy on the phone claiming to be from IT or clicking a phishing link.

Apparently, when kids hear this kind of thing, they start giving everyone crazy levels of access without considering the consequences. At one point when things were particularly out of control on the server, I audited user permissions and found that approximately half the active users had some level of privileged access. There was actually a network effect of kids giving it to other kids.

To make things worse, plugins all have their own permissions. Some of these permissions are quite powerful and allow players to change large parts of the world. It’s not always obvious when such privileges have been granted until they are granted to the wrong people — who then take advantage of it.

Who is this Really?

The Minecraft game itself costs money (~$27). Many families buy a single copy that gets shared by everyone in the family. Some kids even share their software with other friends that may not have bought a copy. All of this is done by sharing a single Minecraft login/password.

This means that even if you’ve got a great contributor who is building great things and interacting with a level of maturity well beyond their years…five minutes later a completely different kid could be accessing your server with the exact same account…and this kid could be a disaster!

Not only that, but nearly everyone who does something bad to your sever will claim that it was not really them that did it at all…but their terrible brother/sister/friend/etc… Hackers are frequently invoked. Those of you with multiple kids (or dysfunctional teams) know exactly what I’m talking about.

It’s like asking who left up the toilet seat or ate the last cookie — maybe a ghost?

Regardless of who did it, the damage is done and you’re left cleaning up the mess.

Enterprise Software is Different, Right?

Your typical enterprise is running hundreds or thousands of applications. Each of these systems also has roles and permissions that determine who gets access to which data or functions. Ideally, the security on these systems is being managed in a way that is different from the way my son runs his Minecraft server.

IT and the business need to understand some fundamental things about the users of mission critical systems:

  • Who has access to which systems, functionality, and data?
  • How is this access requested and approved?
  • Who is certifying that this access continues to be appropriate?
  • What users have toxic permission combinations (e.g. create/pay their own POs)?
  • Who has highly privileged access (e.g. super-user) and what are they doing with it?

This is where Identity Governance comes into play.

Identity Governance solutions connect to various systems in the enterprise to manage accounts, roles, and entitlements for users.

When an employee joins the company, they get a standard set of privileges for their role in the enterprise. This might be things like sending email or submitting expense reports. Additional privileges can be easily requested and approved as appropriate by the business and IT. Finally, when an employee leaves the company, their accounts and privileges are centrally revoked across all of these systems.

Lack of proper controls open enterprise applications to various insider threats. Additionally, over-privileged accounts are a goldmine for hackers that have already gained basic access via common attacks like phishing and malware.

Avoiding Lava and TNT

Hooking up an Identity Governance solution to a Minecraft server is a bit overkill — though don’t think I didn’t consider it.

Instead, I simply went user-by-user, role-by-role to limit everyone’s access to the bare minimum. We then selected a few users that would be given the ability to do more privileged things, but didn’t allow these users to further delegate their privileges. Additional plugins were added that allow for tracking and rollback if these permissions were abused (similar to privileged session recording).

Cleaning things up with 500 users in a half-dozen roles on a single, relatively simple system took several hours.

Scaling this manual process up to tens of thousands of users, thousands of roles, and hundreds of systems without the benefit of automation would have been completely impossible without cutting corners and reducing overall security.

That said, in the case of the Minecraft server, this significantly improved the stability of the server and eliminated some of the large-scale griefing that was taking place.

About the Author


Clayton Donley is the Vice President of Product Management for Oracle’s Identity Management and Mobile Security products.
You can follow Clayton on Twitter at @cdonley.

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Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

Oracle Access Portal Self Study now available for IDM Solutions

Visit the The Oracle Learning Library to access free Identity and Access Management video content for a multitude of audiences including Security Compliance Auditors, Identity Adminstrators, Security Administrators, as well as Java Architects and Developers.

The latest featured content includes:

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Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

Securing Access with OAuth2: How to deal with OAuth Scopes

Author: Vadim Lander, Chief Identity Architect, Oracle

The OAuth standard has proven itself to be a very effective in managing distributed Web authorization by providing client applications a secure, delegated access to server resources on behalf of a Resource Owner.  A large number of public Internet web sites have standardized on OAuth for service-to-service authorization, the standard has gained traction in securing commercial SaaS/PaaS/IaaS services cloud, and is being adopted by enterprises interested in externalizing internal web services.

Here at Oracle we're using OAuth2 to secure access to Web Services exposed by Oracle Public Cloud services.  While the standard itself is relatively straightforward, there are a couple of areas that each implementation must address on its own. The purpose of this blog is to look at one such area we have to advise application developers on - how to deal with OAuth scopes. We will assume the reader is familiar with the standard OAuth terminology.

Figuring out what scopes to expose is a responsibility of an application developer, and it may be confusing at first:

  • Do I expose a single scope protecting the entire service, or do I expose scopes to protect fine-grained business functionality of my application?
  • Do I break up my service into many smaller services with one scope each, or do I build multi-functional service with multiple fine-grained scopes?
  • How do I balance the needs of my clients to request specific capabilities and the needs of my application owners to manage appropriate policies?

Lets take a closer look at scopes, and see what it means to request scopes that will be granted by the Authorization Server and placed into the Access Token.

An OAuth scope X is an indication by a client that it wants to access the Resource Server to perform X or access something on the service that is related to X. For example, the client may request a claim EMAIL_SERVICE to access the email service, or it may request claim DELETE_INBOX if it desires to delete inbox entries.

The developer of the email service needs to think about what scopes should be exposed in a way that lets services support different types of clients by allowing proper authorization delegation. In the previous example, the “EMAIL_SERVICE” scope is generic and might not be that useful because it grants too much authority. If the email service breaks this into scopes such as “EMAIL_READ”, “EMAIL_POST”, “EMAIL_MOVE”, and “EMAIL_DELETE”, the core functionality of the email service is expressed as scopes. This becomes useful to allow clients to use minimal authority to access the user’s mailbox without requiring full access.

As mentioned previously the purpose of OAuth is to authorize access to a service. Hence some Policy Enforcement Point (PEP) will be tasked with securing access to the Resource Server must be able to determine from the Access Token's authorized scopes whether or not access should be allowed.  Once the token is issued to a client, client's access rights will be bound by scopes encapsulated by the Access Token for as long as the Access Token is valid.

The big question is where to draw the line between defining very granular scopes representing the right to invoke functional "capabilities" exposed by physical service implementations, and creating broad scopes representing the right to invoke the actual physical services.

One important perspective on how to answer this question is to look at the problem from the perspective of the Resource Owner - specifically what authorization decisions need to be made to authorize requested scopes, how often these decisions needs to be made, and what needs to be known in order to make such decisions.  The lifecycle of managing such authorization decisions should be straightforward – otherwise the policies will be incomplete, out of date, or overly permissive.

From the Resource Owner perspective there are two important considerations:

  • Who owns the data - end user or the target service
  • Who gets to specify the authorization policy - end user or application owner

The difference in considerations is important since it determines who gets to authorize the client's request for specific scopes  - end user who's data will be requested by the client, or the business/security admin configuring the client and granting it specific privileges.  Lets take a close look at each consideration:

End users authorizing request for scopes

If the Resource Server is tasked with providing access to end user's data (such as the case with consumer sites or user-centric apps such as email), the end user is the ultimate authorization authority for deciding whether or not requested scopes should be granted. 

In this case the purpose of a scope is to let the end user know what the client is trying to do with end user's data (ex: Requesting access to one's pictures or emails, requesting access to one's mobile GPS data, etc.). Then when the Access Token is granted, the approved scopes are "burned" into the token. Presenting this Access Token to the Resource Server conveys the fact the end user has approved client application's request to access his/her data. 

We can see that scopes represent client's intent to access user's data, and can be modeled based on the number of user's data categories the Resource Server wants to protect from "super user" access.

This requirement to secure access to end-user's data is the primary reason for the 3-legged OAuth interaction where the end user (data owner) is responsible for providing consent to operations requested by the client.  Here, the end user is familiar with, and wants to protect access to his/her data, so modeling scopes based on user's data categories (or collection of categories) makes sense. This model is often used by user-centric cloud services such as mail, photos, storage, documents, etc.

Business admins authorizing request for scopes:

There are numerous commercial/enterprise services where the Resource Server is consumed not by the end user directly, but by partners who build clients to consume, expose, or extend application functionality. 

In this case the purpose of scopes is to represent authorization permissions as granted by an administrative process responsible for registering clients.  For example, a real estate site is exposing listings, where unpaid clients have access to listings without addresses, while paid clients have access to addresses. Here, “Address” would be a scope, and it would be the service administrator configuring clients and granting them allowed scopes based on the level of service a client has paid for.

We can see that scopes represent fine-grained capabilities the Resource Server is charging for, using administrators (or automated sign up processes) to decide the authorization policy.

Looking at both scenarios, we can conclude that having too many scopes will create a burden on some user to try and understand/manage the meaning of scopes.

In the case of user-centric scopes, the end user is expected to understand the meaning of the data managed on his behalf.

In the case of business admins, they're expected to understand business rules (or in the case of automated client registration, have the ability to collect required service-level agreements).

The more scopes are exposed by a Resource Server, the greater the burden on a user (end user or administrator) to understand the exact meaning.

Hence, the overarching goal of application developers is to make their users capable of understanding the underlying authorization process, and this requires looking at scopes not only from the application development perspective but also from "administrative" knowledge and life cycle burden a developer might inadvertently create - some human being will have to be responsible for and trained in understanding the meaning of scopes.

Ultimately, the application developer has to think about what scope means in the context of “their” application, including how much delegation (to an end user or policy) should be exposed. There will be as many scopes as the developer wants to expose to a user who is expected to understand their meaning – this could be an end user of social/mobile app clients accessing his/her data, or a security policy admin for enterprise/commercial applications.

Overloading with too many fine-grained scopes will place a burden on the user, creating confusion or complicating policy administration. Its best to define few scopes protecting the high level service, adding few additional scopes to secure access based on read/write operations, and only then take a closer look at whether or not any additional scopes are required.

This is it for the first installment on OAuth scopes.  In the next blog, we will look at other scope-related topics:

  • Scope affinity. Can a client with a given scope access any resource or only the resource associated with the authorizing (and/or owning) user?
  • Scope changes. The Authorization Server is free to grant a different set of scopes than what a client requests. This can happen because of policy, user consent, or just versioning issues.
  • Scope risk. The Authorization Server might issue different tokens with different lifespans based on the scope requested.
  • Implicit scopes. Some scopes may be “implicit” where the policy dictates whether user, or a client on user’s behalf is authorized to do something – resulting in “automatic” consent with no actual consent dialog.
  • Privileged scopes. The Authorization Server may inject special scopes not requested by clients, by granted non-the less based on the contextual state of the client.

For more information on OAuth please see http://oauth.net/2/

About the Author


Vadim Lander joined Oracle’s Identity & Access Management team in 2009. He advises Oracle on key security technology trends, sets the technical strategy for the IAM Enterprise and Cloud product lines, and works with various Oracle teams on the architecture and implementation of the IAM stack. Previously, Vadim was CTO for the Security BU at CA delivering the architectural blueprints for engineering CA’s next-generation solutions. Vadim joined CA in 2004 with its acquisition of Netegrity, where he was CTO after holding a number of successive growth positions in engineering.Vadim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University in Boston.
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Wednesday Dec 03, 2014

Drivers for Identity and Access Management in Today's Businesses

Author: Paul Toal

Most organizations know from experience that Identity and Access Management isn’t a project, but more of a multi-phase, multi-year programme. Those who treat it as a single project, or even worse, as a milestone deliverable within another project (i.e. delivering a new business application) will be destined to fail. However, it is typically individual projects that surface the need for IAM and are forced to implement tactical fixes whilst the organization catches up with a more strategic solution. It is easy to see the challenges that individual projects face. No project sponsor wants to foot the bill for an enterprise-wide IAM platform, just to deliver the subset of capabilities they need. On the flipside, it is often difficult to get sufficient buy-in at the board level to invest in a strategic IAM platform. Implementing such a platform is often seen as a cost with very little ROI. 

However, that is no longer the case. The days of committing to a lengthy and costly IAM programm with very little return are gone. Let’s look at the evolution of IAM business cases in relation to IT security as a whole.

Fear

Anyone who has worked in IT security for any length of time will be more than familiar with this approach. Vendors used to sell IT security-related products on fear. IT departments then used the same approach with their investment boards. Pick the worst case scenario of what would happen if you didn’t have a particular IT security product (e.g. firewall) and convince the business that the scenario is highly likely and therefore they absolutely must invest in the project. This approach worked well in the early days when threats on the internet weren’t as well understood and many organizations didn’t take a risk management approach to handling IT security. As use of the internet for business increased and the risks were better understood, the approach of selling on fear started to wane, coupled with the fact that this approach also had very little demonstrable ROI.

Enablement

As business started pushing back against throwing endless pots of money at IT security with very little to show for it, the industry needed to evolve. By now, use of the internet for business was widespread and organizations were looking at how to take advantage of this shift to online business. As part of this shift, businesses realized that the foundation of any online business is security, and in relation to that, identity. For a company looking to deploy, for example, as eCommerce platform, or online banking, how could this possibly be done unless it was secure? Also, how could online services be provided to consumers unless you know who the consumer is. Once you know their identity and they have proven ownership of their identity (authenticated) you can provide then with the right services (authorization) to meet their needs.

The approach of deploying IAM as a business enabler has been key to obtaining investment from the business. We also know from our everyday experience that there is real ROI associated with this approach. Using the online channel, as end-users, we are transacting more money online than ever before. For many people, the online channel is the first, and preferred channel of engagement. Indeed, it can also be a differentiator when you are looking for a company to provide a service to you. For example, positive answers to questions such as “Can I manage my accounts online?” can set one business apart from its competitors.

For a lot of organizations, identity as an enabler is still the business justification for investing in IAM. However, there are a number of drivers within the industry today that are enabling IAM business cases to evolve further.

User Experience

There are many organizations that already offer a strong online presence and online catalog of services for their customers. However, just having these online capabilities is no longer good enough. With the shift of users from laptops and desktops to mobiles and tablets, the expectations around user experience are driving IAM to a new level and forcing organizations to evolve. Consumers have come to expect slick and personalized user experiences whether they are an employee or a customer. What is going to set an organization apart from its competitors isn’t whether they have an online presence, but what the experience for the end user is like. For example, does the company have a mobile application? Is it easy to use? Can it provide me with all the information and services that I need in an intuitive way? There are so many mobile applications on the market today that users know what a good application looks like. They are not prepared to spend hours learning what they must do. If the app isn’t intuitive enough within a couple of minutes, it is easy for the user to delete it and find a different company that provides a better app and user experience.

IAM plays a crucial role within this evolution. We know from the enablement business cases discussed above, that knowing the user is key to providing them with services. However, looking at user experience, IAM also provides a key set of services. Take these examples: 

Social login – Mobiles and tablets are great devices for many things, but filling in long forms with lots of fields (e.g. username, firstname, lastname, email etc) isn’t one of them. However, user registration is one of the key elements to a mobile application. If you can’t get your user up and running with your mobile app easily and quickly, it will be deleted. Enabling customers to register from their social network such as Facebook, Google+ etc is a great solution to this. However, integrating with lots of social networks can be a painful and time-consuming coding exercise for an application developer. Fortunately, a good IAM platform will take that pain away for you, turning social network integration into a configuration rather than coding exercise. 

Step-up authentication – So, now your user has registered and logged into your app from a social network, now what? Well, that level of trust may be good enough to access some basic information but you aren’t going to let a user manage their bank account (I hope) purely based on a social login. A good IAM platform will enable you to understand the level of trust a user has at any point in time and when necessary step-up their level of trust with an additional challenge. This should be flexible but could include options such as a issuing a challenge question or using a one-time passcode.

Multi-channel Single Sign-on – In modern development, the ‘constant beta’ and the focus is on rapid application development and release cycles is very popular. Therefore, it is not always necessary or desirable to implement all of the information and services that are available on the website within the mobile app. This isn’t a problem because you can always drop out from the application into a web browser on a device, or even present web content within your mobile application. However, you need to ensure you maintain the user experience. Users have enjoyed SSO in the web channel for a long time and they expect no less in the mobile channel. Therefore, flows like the one below are unacceptable for users (and so they should be):

A good IAM platform will enable SSO not just within a single channel, i.e. between multiple mobile applications, but also across channel, e.g between a native app and a browser-based application so that the user experience is maintained.

If you are looking for an IAM solution that can address all of the above requirements as well as provide a single, integrated platform for addressing all of your IAM needs, both internally and externally, the Oracle IAM platform is a great option. Whether you are looking to deploy it on-premise or within the cloud, Oracle can help you realize your IAM strategy with its market-leading solutions.

To summarise, it’s not just about user experience. IAM helps many organizations to meet their legal and regulatory requirements. However, in today’s rapidly evolving IT world, we need to look at how IAM can be used, not only as an enabler, but as a differentiator by delivering improved user experience, thus taking it from a pure cost to the business to one that has a demonstrable ROI.

About the Author


Paul Toal is a very passionate and capable IT security consultant specialising in the field of Information Security. He has worked in IT for over 20 years and built up a wide-ranging and in-depth portfolio of knowledge and skills. Equally comfortable talking to C-level execs or technical experts, Paul has worked in both pre-sales and consulting delivery roles covering everything from writing business cases, high-level requirements capturing and solution architecture, through to delivery, training and post-sales support. In addition, he has also been an integral part of designing the UK’s citizen Identity Assurance framework, “Gov.UK Verify”, where he was one of the original authors of the technical specification.
Paul can be reached via LinkedIn
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Monday Nov 24, 2014

Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit, Dec 2-4, 2014 w. Amit Jasuja

Register Now for Gartner Identity and Access Management Summit, Dec 2-4, 2014


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Oracle Session
: Revolution or Evolution: Unlocking The Potential of The New Digital Economy
Speaker: Amit Jasuja, Senior Vice President, Development Java & Identity Management Products, Oracle
Oracle Session Schedule: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m - Octavius 22

Abstract: As organizations consume an increasing number of mobile and cloud apps, identity management becomes fragmented. Organizations have inconsistent access policies and lose visibility into who has access to what. To avoid these risks and costs, they are increasingly adopting a strategy of extending enterprise identity services to the cloud. This presentation explores how organizations are using Identity Management to give users access to all their data from any device while providing an intelligent centralized view into user access rights across mobile, cloud and enterprise environments. See how Oracle Identity Management can securely accelerate your adoption of mobile and cloud applications.

Visit the Oracle Platinum Sponsor Booth
Attendees can meet with Oracle Solution experts and discuss how Oracle Identity Management can securely accelerate your adoption of mobile and cloud applications.

Oracle Demos will Showcase:

Identity Governance
Given the state of our economy these days, with high number of data breaches and unauthorized access to sensitive information assets, it is no wonder this is one of the biggest threats an organization is concerned with these days. Ensuring proper vetted access and visibility into highly privileged accounts and entitlements is critical to ensuring a sound security practice.

This demo showcases Oracle’s Identity Management Solution, highlighting the differentiated value proposition of an integrated and converged Identity Governance, Access Management and Privileged Accounts Management approach.

We will show the following capabilities:

  • Self Service Access Request
  • Integrated OIM Catalog with OPAM entitlements
  • Multi approval workflow with temporal grants and authorizations
  • 2-Factor authentication with Oracle Mobile Authenticator
  • Recording of a privileged access (Windows session recording)
  • Execution of a certification campaign with both normal and privileged entitlements
Mobile & Cloud Access Management
  • Unified Self Service Console and Delegated Admin Console (OIG) extended to Mobile
    • App and device level policies, app inventory
    • View user, request for roles and invite user to register device
    • Automated device configuration and Secure Workspace app installation
    • Data leakage prevention policies
  • Application access via Secure Workspace
    • Show applications being provisioned as part of the role assignment above. This would also include link to the IdaaS portal in the secure workspace.
    • Click on the link and you are Single Sign on to the IdaaS portal.
  • Cloud Application access scenarios in IdaaS:
    • Access Document Cloud Service – Simple Federated SSO.
    • Access Fusion HCM and be prompted for a 2 factor auth using OMA.

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Thursday Nov 20, 2014

Advanced Registration Now Open for new Oracle Mobile Security Primer eBook

Today, just as organizations are starting to understand the first wave of the mobile revolution, there are now numerous demands being placed on IT to support the second wave as new generation devices and applications are coming online to take advantage of these new capabilities in today’s corporate environment.


Register now to gain access to the new eBook: Oracle Mobile Security Primer as soon as it is published.


The Oracle Mobile Security Primer will provide a deeper understanding of not only the fundamentals, but also the complex issues related to mobile security in today’s corporate mobility environment. If you maintain the role of a mobility planner, security architect, CISO, security director, IT director, operations manager or just simply want to stay up on the latest trends around mobile security, then pre-register for this new eBook: Oracle Mobile Security Primer.


Some of the areas covered in this eBook:

  • A look at the changing mobile and business requirements
  • Deep dive in the technologies used to secure the mobile platform today
  • Containerization and application management
  • The role Identity Management plays on the mobile device
  • The broader view of securing the mobile stack

Registration will allow Oracle to provide notification to you upon its availability in both eBook and printed form by McGraw-Hill.

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Tuesday Nov 18, 2014

Oracle Partner AmerIndia is now Avancer

Oracle Partner and Identity Management solution provider AmerIndia is now Avancer!


(read about the change here)

In a previous guest blog post supporting a webinar (see below) with Avancer, "Embracing Mobility in the Workspace using Oracle API Gateway", we explained how Oracle API Gateway (OAG), Oracle Access Management (OAM) and Oracle Entitlement Server (OES) can be managed to effectively support mobile devices.

"By 2015, over 80% of handsets in mature markets will be smart phones.” - Gartner Research



While mobile devices have evolved to better suit the needs of consumers they've also traded away security to ensure usability. These trade-offs increasingly contribute to security risks when such devices connect to the enterprise resources.

These security risks can be addressed in an effective manner to protect precious company resources and comply with increasingly strict regulations. Mobile Access management solution using Oracle API Gateway technology unifies enterprise resources and cloud-based resources across network boundaries to mobile devices. This solution assures enhanced security, regulatory compliance, improved governance, and increased productivity.

Watch the webinar replay as experts from Avancer and Oracle discuss Mobility in the Enterprise and the implications that BYOD have on the security postures of the organization along with the steps that can be taken to reduce risk.


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Friday Nov 14, 2014

IDM in the Enterprise: Best Practices Blog Series with Infosys

Last week we finished up with the four-part series of must read-read articles for anyone working with Oracle Identity Management in large enterprise environments.

Thanks to the authors, Abhishek Nair, Rajesh Gaddam, and Vikesh Parmar, Senior Technology Architects with the Enterprise Security and Risk Management (ESRM) practice at Infosys Limited*, the response has been outstanding and marked some of the highest readerships ever in the OracleIDM blog.

To read or re-read the series:

Part 1: Design Considerations:
Implementing Oracle Identity Management for Large Enterprises
by Abhishek Nair - Building an abstraction layer to allow for consolidation of identity, account and access information from OIM and other enterprise sources.

Part 2: Disconnected Application Framework in OIM 11g R2 PS1
by Rajesh Gaddam - Exploring further on theme of how organizations can earn an accelerated ROI from the new IDM infrastructure by adopting the Disconnected Application framework.

Part 3: Best Practices: Implementing SSL in Oracle Identity Manager
by Rajesh Gaddam - A practical approach to enabling SSL between Oracle Identity Manager (OIM), a load balancer and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Part 4: Enterprise Role Definition: Best Practices and Approach
by Vikesh Parmar - Role definition is a critical step in deploying any RBAC system. This article presents the details of a hybrid approach to implementation.

*Infosys Limited (NYSE:INFY) is a global leader in technology, consulting and services and an Oracle (Diamond) Partner


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Sunday Nov 09, 2014

Oracle at Gartner Identity and Access Management Summit - Dec 2nd - 4th, 2014 in Las Vegas

Join Amit Jasuja, Senior Vice President, Development Java & Identity Management Products, Oracle, at the Gartner Identity and Access Management Summit running from December 2nd to 4th, 2014, at which Oracle is proud to be a Platinum sponsor.

Oracle Session: Revolution or Evolution: Unlocking The Potential of The New Digital Economy
Speaker: Amit Jasuja, Senior Vice President, Development Java & Identity Management Products, Oracle
Oracle Session Schedule: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m - Octavius 22
Abstract: As organizations consume an increasing number of mobile and cloud apps, identity management becomes fragmented. Organizations have inconsistent access policies and lose visibility into who has access to what. To avoid these risks and costs, they are increasingly adopting a strategy of extending enterprise identity services to the cloud. This presentation explores how organizations are using Identity Management to give users access to all their data from any device while providing an intelligent centralized view into user access rights across mobile, cloud and enterprise environments. See how Oracle Identity Management can securely accelerate your adoption of mobile and cloud applications.

Oracle Booth
Attendees can meet with Oracle Solution experts and discuss how Oracle Identity Management can securely accelerate your adoption of mobile and cloud applications.

Oracle Demos will Showcase:

Identity Governance
Given the state of our economy these days, with high number of data breaches and unauthorized access to sensitive information assets, it is no wonder this is one of the biggest threats an organization is concerned with these days. Ensuring proper vetted access and visibility into highly privileged accounts and entitlements is critical to ensuring a sound security practice.

This demo showcases Oracle’s Identity Management Solution, highlighting the differentiated value proposition of an integrated and converged Identity Governance, Access Management and Privileged Accounts Management approach.

We will show the following capabilities:

  • Self Service Access Request
  • Integrated OIM Catalog with OPAM entitlements
  • Multi approval workflow with temporal grants and authorizations
  • 2-Factor authentication with Oracle Mobile Authenticator
  • Recording of a privileged access (Windows session recording)
  • Execution of a certification campaign with both normal and privileged entitlements
Mobile & Cloud Access Management
  • Unified Self Service Console and Delegated Admin Console (OIG) extended to Mobile
    • App and device level policies, app inventory
    • View user, request for roles and invite user to register device
    • Automated device configuration and Secure Workspace app installation
    • Data leakage prevention policies
  • Application access via Secure Workspace
    • Show applications being provisioned as part of the role assignment above. This would also include link to the IdaaS portal in the secure workspace.
    • Click on the link and you are Single Sign on to the IdaaS portal.
  • Cloud Application access scenarios in IdaaS:
    • Access Document Cloud Service – Simple Federated SSO.
    • Access Fusion HCM and be prompted for a 2 factor auth using OMA.

Register Now for Gartner Identity and Access Management Summit 2014. We hope to see you there!

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Wednesday Nov 05, 2014

Enterprise Role Definition: Best Practices and Approach

Infosys Limited (NYSE:INFY) is a global leader in technology, consulting and services and an Oracle (Diamond) Partner that has graciously agreed to present on best practices garnered from experience working on Large Enterprise IDM deployments in a four part series hosted here in the Identity Management Blog.

Role Engineering

Today a number of organizations are considering or are in the process of moving to a Role Based Access Control (RBAC) model. Role Engineering is the process by which an organization develops, defines, enforces, and maintains role-based access control. RBAC is often seen as a way to improve security controls for access and authorization, as well as to enforce access policies such as segregation of duties (SoD) to meet regulatory compliance. It establishes effective controls and insight into “Who has access to What”.

RBAC Basic

The concept of roles is defined in the ANSI RBAC standard that was first proposed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). The model for RBAC illustrates the mapping between users, roles, and privileges (permissions) in base RBAC. Privileges are collections of system-specific operations on objects that can be mapped to roles.


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Image 1: ANSI RBAC Model

Role

A Role is described as a collection or group of users who share same position or perform the same function. Roles can be defined at Business level and Information Technology (IT) level.

Business Roles: these represent  job functions and related set of responsibilities. These responsibilities are influenced by the relationship of the role to the organization. Business roles can be associated with specific conditions or events, such as hiring and internal transfer for particular job function. Example: supervisor, program manager, customer service representative, and bank teller. Business Roles can be defined by using a Top-down approach by reviewing organizational business and job functions and mapping the permissions for each job function. This approach is more business-driven and provides alignment of roles with business functions.

IT System Roles: these represent technical responsibilities as a collection of privileges across multiple systems that are required to perform a job function. These can be identified as application roles which are application specific, such as a controller permission to an ERP system. Application-specific roles are frequently associated with events like transactions which are configured within application. Examples include: sourcing user, buyer privileges in an ERP application or administrator, domain user permissions in Active Directory. IT Roles can be defined in a Bottom-up approach by analyzing user access and permissions on existing applications and systems. Once user permissions are explored, the next step is to perform role normalization and rationalization. In this approach, roles are defined to meet application or system specific access requirements.


Image 2: Enterprise Role Definition

Challenge

Organizations face various challenges with regard to role engineering such as: how to define and establish a role-based model on a large scale, how to associate user to roles and roles to application/target resources, how to associate business rules and policies to roles, and how to maintain enterprise roles over time.
Role definition is a critical step in deploying any RBAC system. Roles can be defined at an abstract level from a business perspective (Top-down), or context-specific to an application or system from a technology perspective (Bottom-up). Both Top-down and Bottom-up approaches have their own challenges. For instance, Top-down approach does not provide easy enforcement capabilities. Abstracting roles may not be possible without understanding the entire context. Whereas, Bottom-up approach lacks the perspective of or input from business owners.

Best Practices

Infosys recommends a Hybrid approach that combines both Bottom-up and Top-down approach. This approach defines role as an association between user’s functional responsibilities and their IT access privileges.  The Hybrid approach leverages normalized roles derived from bottom-up role mining and aligns them to job functions derived from top-down analysis.  For example, when an employee joins an organization in the customer service department and that person's user account is created the enterprise role management system will determine the user’s attributes such as organization unit, department code, job title. User rules will then translate entitlements to a given customer service representative role in order to provide access rights to applications such a CRM system, call center application, email system or expense tracking system in order for the user to perform his/her job duties.


Image 3: Hybrid Approach to Role Engineering

Infosys has successfully leveraged Oracle Identity Analytics (OIA) to perform bottom-up role mining, role definition, segregation of duties (SoD) reporting, access certification and role governance. Apart from OIA, Infosys has also leveraged homegrown analytics scripts and tools to analyze and associate top-down functional role definition. The process of defining roles should be based on a thorough analysis of how an organization operates and should be an integrated effort with representation from both Business and IT. Role definition and management requires alignment between business owners, business analysts, IT managers and IT administrators. IT representatives provide expertise in evaluating entitlement, authorization data and knowledge of IT control systems, and application owners provide the perspective on how the business operates.

RBAC Methodology

Embarking upon enterprise wide Role Based Access Control initiative requires strategic planning and an organized methodology to achieve the expected business benefits. RBAC initiatives should start with a small scope which can be expanded gradually to define and manage role on an ongoing basis.
RBAC can be achieved enterprise wide by conducting iterative role design cycle with define set of business units in terms of users and number of in-scope applications. It is important to define boundaries for user population, applications, and the number of business units to be included in the project.
The following diagram describes the RBAC Methodology


RBAC Methodology

RBAC Methodology


RBAC Phases

Brief Description

Identity Warehouse

  • Assess existing system privileges information. Application/ system access data is the foundation to build Identity Warehouse for defining roles in the organization.
  • Identify and prioritize logical sets of users based on Business Units, Departments and Reporting Hierarchy.

Role Definition

  • Perform Role Mining on selected sets of logical groupings of user privileges and access rights that map to a department, geographical location, job function, reporting relationship or other organizational attributes.
  • Conduct workshops to refine and finalize Roles and SoD.
  • Role Mining can become a continuous process of refinement as organizations become more mature in their understanding of roles.

Role Governance

  • Establish Role Governance model and framework to maintain roles on an ongoing basis.
  • Role governance should address role life cycle management, role membership and role definition, creation and maintenance of additional data elements that impact the assignment and management of roles.
  • Develop Role Entitlement Certification Workflow. An enterprise that adopts role-based access control also needs to define processes for ensuring that roles are kept up-to-date, old roles are retired and new roles defined to meet new business needs.

Enforce Role

  • Once a role model has been defined, next move is to leverage that model in the user-provisioning process.
  • To assign roles to users, enterprises can choose manual, automated, or request-based systems. Provisioning systems are often used to facilitate user-to-role assignment through internal rule processing.
  • Effective RBAC reduces the risks of users having inappropriate access. As users change their job function, new roles are assigned and old roles are removed. This results in user’s access and privileges matching their job functions.

Conclusion

For a Role Based Access Control model to be successful, it is imperative to have a detailed understanding of how an organization functions and should have participation from both business and IT stakeholders.  Roles should be defined with an eye towards lifecycle management. The optimal approach is to have Hybrid approach with combination of top-down and bottom-up role discovery.

Enterprise role management involves ongoing design, creation, change, and management of roles and the periodic certification of users to their roles.  Leverage enterprise role management tools such as OIA to include role mining, role definition and access recertification. A holistic approach to RBAC and role governance framework will help enterprises in maintaining segregation of duties, keeping up with regulatory compliance requirements, and automating role-based provisioning to enterprise applications.

We hope our experiences and thoughts will help organizations with their security solution planning and implementation. Please reach out to our team and the writers for any queries, feedback and suggestions and be sure to read the previous blog entries in this series:

Design Considerations: Implementing Oracle Identity Management for large enterprises
Disconnected Application Framework in OIM 11g R2 PS1
Best Practices: Implementing SSL in Oracle Identity Manager

Visit the Oracle Technology Network for more information about Oracle Identity Manager including downloads, documentation and samples.

About the Author


Vikesh Parmar is a Senior Technology Architect with the Enterprise Security & Risk Management (ESRM) practice at Infosys Limited. . He has over 14 years of experience providing security services to clients. He has been primarily involved in engaging multiple organization to establish or improve security posture to support business critical processes; define strategy, roadmap, & architecture and manage large scale Identity & Access Management implementation programs.
Vikesh can be reached via LinkedIn

Friday Oct 31, 2014

Best Practices: Implementing SSL in Oracle Identity Manager

Implementing SSL in OIM 11g R2 PS1

Infosys Limited (NYSE:INFY) is a global leader in technology, consulting and services and an Oracle (Diamond) Partner that has graciously agreed to present on best practices garnered from experience working on Large Enterprise IDM deployments in a four part series hosted here in the Identity Management Blog.

In this blog post, part three of the four part series, Infosys shares its experience with enabling SSL between Oracle Identity Manager (OIM), a load balancer and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in one of their recent implementations of OIM 11g R2 PS1.

Why secure an OIM solution?

The majority of the IDM/OIM implementations are used for managing internal users with the IDM implementations being deployed within the intranet and inside the physical boundaries of the enterprise. In such scenarios, it is not uncharacteristic of security engineers and administrators to think that the OIM solution is secure within the intranet and does require any additional measures.
All enterprise OIM solutions integrate with multiple applications and systems. OIM solutions are often used as password management solutions along with the application access request systems. End users change and reset their passwords using the OIM web interface, which then are synchronized to the target applications. The users can also approve access requests for mission critical / top secret applications from the OIM interface.
In such scenarios, regardless of whether the OIM solution is an internal or external implementation, it becomes vital to secure OIM since it holds the passwords and approvals to critical applications. Securing an OIM implementation using SSL provides an additional layer of security by way of securing the communication channel between end users and OIM.
In a typical OIM implementation, OIM is deployed on an Application Server (e.g. Weblogic) and is front-ended by a Web Server / Load Balancer configuration. While it is a common practice to secure the communication channel between end user browsers to a load balancer using SSL, it is equally important to secure the communication between the Web Server / Load Balancer and OIM. Below we will discuss the various aspects of implementing SSL in a reference OIM 11g R2 PS1 implementation.

SSL implementation in OIM 11g R2 PS1

Let us consider a sample reference OIM architecture as shown in Figure-1 for discussing the different aspects related to SSL.


Figure 1 represents a clustered environment with two members in the cluster, both hosting OIM and SOA. In Figure 1 we can see that there are three channels where SSL communication is depicted, while Figure 2 describes those communication channels. In our discussion we will primarily focus on channels 2 and 3. 



Enabling SSL on OIM and SOA

Below are the steps that need to be followed for enabling SSL on OIM and SOA:

  • Create an Identity Keystore
    • This is the custom Identity Keystore. It holds the server certificates of oim_host1 and oim_host2
  • Create a Trust Keystore
    • This is the custom Trust Keystore. It holds the root CA certificate.
    • Alternatively, instead of creating a fresh Trust Keystore, copy the existing enterprise Trust Keystore and rename it as custom Trust Keystore. 
  • Create a Certificate Signing Request for both the servers in the cluster (oim_host1 and oim_host2)
  • Send the Certificate Signing Requests to CA for signing
  • Procure and import signed certificates from CA for both the hosts into your custom Identity Keystore
  • Get the root CA certificate and import into your custom Trust Keystore
  • Login into the Weblogic admin console and perform the below steps for each of the servers in the cluster
    • Click on Environment à Servers to display the servers
    • Click on the server name and select SSL Listen Port Enabled and click on Save
    • Next go to KeyStores Menu and change the Keystores option to ‘Custom Identity and Custom Trust’
    • Enter the absolute path for the custom Identity Keystore, Keystore Type as ‘JKS’, Keystore Passphrase and confirm the Keystore Passphrase
    • Enter the absolute path for the custom Trust Keystore, Keystore Type as ‘JKS’, Keystore Passphrase and confirm the Keystore Passphrase and Save the configurations
    • Go to SSL menu and enter the Private Key Alias, Private Key Passphrase and Confirm Private Key Passphrase and save the configurations
  • Test the SSL URL from your browser  (E.g. https://oim_host1.mycompany.com:7114/identity)
  • Send the server certificates signed by CA for oim_host1 and oim_host2 to administrator of the load balancer for importing into load balancer.

Once the certificates are successfully imported into load balancer, the communication channel is secured from end user browser all the way to OIM/SOA server using SSL.

Additional configuration for SSL communication between OIM and SOA

When SSL is configured for OIM and SOA, without the following additional configurations OIM and SOA will not function as expected. Approvers will not see the approval task details when they open the approval task.

  • Setting OimFrontEndURL Attribute
  • Login to Enterprise Manager (EM)
  • Navigate to Identity and Access -> OIM -> oim(11.1.2.0.0)
  • From Oracle Identity Manager dropdown select System MBean Browser
  • Under Application Defined MBeans, navigate to
oracle.iam ->  Server:IDM-Internal-AppServer1 -> XMLConfig -> Config ->  XMLConfig.DiscoveryConfig -> Discovery
  • Set OimFrontEndURL - https://idm.mycompany.com:443

(Load Balancer URL for OIM on https)

  • Setting Rmiurl and Soapurl
  • Login to Enterprise Manager (EM)
  • Navigate to Identity and Access -> OIM -> oim(11.1.2.0.0)
  • From Oracle Identity Manager dropdown select System MBean Browser
  • Under Application Defined MBeans, navigate to
oracle.iam ->  Server:IDM-Internal-AppServer1 -> XMLConfig -> Config ->  XMLConfig.SOAConfig -> SOAConfig
  • Set Rmiurl - t3s://oim_host1.mycompany.com:7114,oim_host2.mycompany.com:7114

(All SOA servers in the cluster with SSL port and here 7114 is a sample port for SSL communication)

  • Set Soapurl - https://idm.mycompany.com:444

(Load Balancer URL for SOA on https)

  • Setting ServerURL
  • Login to Enterprise Manager (EM)
  • Navigate to Identity and Access -> OIM -> oim(11.1.2.0.0)
  • From Oracle Identity Manager dropdown select System MBean Browser
  • Under Application Defined MBeans, navigate to
oracle.as.soainfra.config  -> Server: SOA-Internal-AppServer1 -> SoaInfraConfig -> soa-infra
  • Set ServerURL – https://idm.mycompany.com:444

(Load Balancer URL for SOA on https)

  • Setting Worklist Task Details Application URI

This needs to be done for each SOA composite that you might be using in your deployment

  • Expand SOA -> soa-infra -> default -> Manager Approval [1.0] [1.0]

This is as a sample SOA composite

  • Scroll down to Component Metrics and click on the Human Task 
  • Click on Administration tab
  • Specify following values and apply the changes:

Host Name: idm.mycompany.com (virtual hostname)
HTTP Port: 0
HTTPS Port: 443 (load balancer SSL port for OIM)

In Conclusion

Although most OIM implementations inherently feel secure from an internal enterprise setup, there are wide variety of reasons why OIM solutions in an enterprise fall in the critical category leading to a pressing need to secure the communication channels between various layers of the solution. In this article, we have documented the settings and configurations that need to be updated to secure the communication between Load Balancer and OIM/SOA as well as communication between OIM and SOA using SSL in an OIM deployment. Administrators and integrators will be able to follow these guidelines to implement/configure SSL in OIM 11g R2 PS1 deployments.

Coming in the next post:

The introduction of roles in an enterprise, whether small or large, has its own challenges.  There is always reluctance for change in existing processes, confusion about what to request for and how it is configured, push back for taking away access that was never intended to be there, etc. Detailed planning and communication are required before the introduction of roles. It is very important that the end users are aware of the roadmap and the important milestones that impact them. Therein, our next post will talk about proven approaches for introducing or updating the role management processes for an enterprise.

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About the Author


Rajesh Gaddam is a Senior Technology Architect with the Enterprise Security & Risk Management (ESRM) practice at Infosys Limited. He has over 10 years of experience in architecting, designing and implementing IAM solutions for multiple clients from different verticals.
Rajesh can be reached via LinkedIn

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Oracle Virtual Technology Summit Kicks Off November 18

The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) invites you to the next Virtual Technology Summit, on November 18th. Learn first hand from Oracle and community experts about Oracle Middleware, Mobile Architectures and more. Participate in hands-on labs and technical presentations, and chat with other developers. Register here!


Featured at the Summit:  Securing Mobile apps and data in a BYOD world

By Indus Khaitan, Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle

Mobile apps are changing how employees interact with their organizations. Productivity now requires far more than 24x7 email, including unfettered access to corporate data, files, and email from anywhere and on any device. Mobile apps are the new endpoint security concern. This session will focus on measures that can be taken to achieve mobile security without compromising productivity and user-experience.


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Thursday Oct 23, 2014

UL Secures Customers’ Access to Certification Status While Protecting Intellectual Property

Equipped with requirements to provide customers with access to information on product-testing and certification status, as well as additional information on the company’s services, UL needed to ensure that it could provide this information without exposing confidential intellectual property information to the wrong parties. In pursuit of these goals, UL initiated a three-year security and identity-management evolution process relying on Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite to authenticate users and provide an access-control framework built on the company’s business taxonomy.

Using Oracle API Gateway, UL can provide its customers with a user interface giving them control over defining their own identities and providing specific employees within their organizations with access to the UL information stores associated with them. This federation capability enables UL’s customers to manage their own user provisioning and make adjustments as needed, while freeing UL from needing to provision or deprovision customer users - boosting security as any user who leaves a customer organization is automatically deprovisioned and denied access.

Click here for more about the UL deployment of  Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite and Oracle API Gateway.

For more information about Oracle API Gateway, read these previous OracleIDM blog entries:
What Can Oracle API Gateway Do for You?
Embracing Mobility in the Workspace: Oracle API Gateway

Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

Disconnected Application Framework in OIM 11g R2 PS1

Infosys Limited (NYSE:INFY) is a global leader in technology, consulting and services and an Oracle (Diamond) Partner that has graciously agreed to present on best practices garnered from experience working on large enterprise Identity Management (IDM) deployments in a four part series hosted here in the Identity Management Blog. In this part-2 of the four part series Infosys shares its experience with disconnected application framework for implementing manual provisioning for a large set of applications in Oracle Identity Manager 11g R2 PS1.

In our first blog, we discussed the need to build an abstraction layer to allow for consolidation of identity, account and access information from Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) and other enterprise sources. In the second edition, we will continue exploring further on theme of how organizations can earn an accelerated ROI from the new IDM infrastructure by adopting “Disconnected Application framework”.

Introduction to Disconnected Application Framework in OIM

The first step of introducing an enterprise IDM solution is to build an identity warehouse by reconciling identity sources and key target systems. This is followed by use case deployments like password management, automated provisioning/de-provisioning to platforms, access certifications, etc. These features allow the organizations to make big strides and provide much needed relief to the administration side of identity management operations and compliance teams.
For the lines of business though, automating the access provisioning/de-provisioning of applications holds the key to achieve the desired efficiency of identity management as well as reduction in costs associated with manual provisioning. However, it takes time and effort to fully automate provisioning/de-provisioning to the hundreds of applications in the enterprise ecosystem. Although this might sound a little discouraging for enterprise leaders and architects, there is a middle way to handle the above scenario.

In order to achieve the desired ROI of implementing an integrated IDM solution, Infosys recommends a hybrid model for implementing application provisioning. In our approach, we ask architects and business owners to participate in an application profiling exercise that involves rating of applications across a range of criteria. The questionnaire includes parameters around application criticality, compliance needs, required speed and complexity of provisioning & de-provisioning, complexity of approval workflow, availability of out-of-box integrations etc. The profiling exercise provides the team with a list of potential automation candidates as well as a list of applications that can be onboarded for manual provisioning. Nonetheless, as an IDM integrator, we maintain the focus on providing the key benefits of the IDM solution to the organization for both automated and manual application provisioning.

Key Benefits of Application Integration with an IDM Solution:

  • Speedy/efficient, centralized and secure provisioning processes
  • Scalable provisioning model
  • Compliance adherent application model

In this blog we will focus on the ‘Disconnected Application Framework’ in OIM which can be leveraged by enterprises to easily integrate large number of applications for manual provisioning. We will also present the high level process that should be followed while using the framework. This process was evolved from our recent experience of integrating hundreds of applications in OIM 11g R2 PS1 for manual provisioning at a large enterprise.

In the earlier versions of OIM, one had to explicitly create a custom resource object and associated connector artifacts and use manual tasks for each of the application to assign tasks to application administrators for manual provisioning. It was effort intensive and had its own limitations. OIM 11g R2 offers the concept of disconnected resource/application for easier integration of applications for manual provisioning. This feature leverages existing OIM provisioning components like resource object, provisioning process, provisioning form etc. while providing a seamless integration with SOA engine for manual provisioning workflow. The ‘disconnected application framework’ in OIM provides a browser based creation, configuration and administration of application instances to integrate applications that do not have connectors for automated provisioning.
Here is a list of advantages of the ‘Disconnected Application Framework’:

  • Easy creation, configuration and administration of application instances
  • Browser based application form UI customizations
  • Automated backend creation of underlying connector objects

How to create a single disconnected application?

In one of our recent large scale IDM implementations we had to integrate 150+ applications for manual provisioning with OIM 11g R2 PS1 in a short span of time. During the integration, we noticed that the process of creating and configuring one disconnected application is simple.
High Level process of creating a disconnected application instance:
Steps on OIM Admin Interface

  • Create a Sandbox
  • Create an application instance by selecting the “Disconnected” checkbox in the application instance form
  • Create the application instance form
  • Export the Sandbox as zip file for backup
  • Publish the Sandbox

Steps on OIM End User Interface

  • Create a Sandbox
  • Search and select the application in the catalog
  • Perform any UI level customizations required for the application instance form

A Sandbox in OIM provides a mechanism to isolate the customizations by analysts at runtime enabling the analysts to work on the customizations without affecting the experience of other analysts until the Sandbox is published.
As shown in Figure 1. Application Instance Artifacts below, at the surface we are dealing only with Sandbox to create disconnected application instances. In the background OIM automatically creates the relevant connector objects that are needed for the application. These connector objects are directly created in database even without publishing the Sandbox and are not stored in the Sandbox zip file that is exported.


Figure 1. Application Instance Artifacts

How does the sandbox feature work in OIM 11g?

Sandbox feature in OIM 11g works similar to a typical versioning system but with a distinction. Every time a Sandbox is created a separate copy of the underlying artifact(s) is created from the mainline and all customizations performed within the Sandbox are contained within the ‘copy’ artifact(s) created for that Sandbox.
The distinction of Sandbox from a versioning system is that whenever a Sandbox is published, the artifact(s) in the mainline are overwritten with the ‘copy’ artifacts from the Sandbox instead of merging the changes. This behavior of the Sandbox poses a challenge if you want to create application instances in parallel.
A typical thought process to accelerate creation of disconnect application instances can be to distribute applications among a team of analysts creating applications in parallel in the development environment of OIM 11g.
However in this scenario, where analysts create their own Sandboxes to work in parallel, when an analyst publishes the Sandbox they have created it will overwrite all customizations published by previous analysts. This results in errors related to missing view objects in UI while requesting the applications in Catalog.

How to scale the framework for integrating large number applications?

To resolve the issues that can arise from concurrent application instance creations as explained above, we have come up with best practices that can be followed:

  • In single development environment, create and publish applications in sequence. The issue with overwriting of files will not allow you to gain any efficiency of scales. Slow and steady wins the race here.
  • If you have the luxury of multiple development environments, then create applications in parallel on these separate environments and combine them while migrating to higher environments. Utmost care is needed when combining the applications.
  • Instead of create application in one sandbox, it is a good practice to create separate sandboxes for each of the applications
  • Once a sandbox is published, it cannot be exported. As a best practice export and save the sandbox with a naming convention capturing the application name, time stamp and version before publishing it

Migrating disconnected applications between environments

Once disconnected applications are created and tested in a lower environment, the next step is to migrate these applications to a higher environment. Migrating an application from one environment to another involves exporting and importing of Sandbox and connector objects.


Note: While migrating the application instances when you import the Sandbox from one environment
to another environment, the files in the Sandbox (BizEditorBundle.xlf and CatalogAM.xml)
from source environment will be overwritten on the files in the target/destination environment.
It is necessary to merge the changes from source environment Sandbox files with the destination environment Sandbox files.

Process for migration of applications from source to destination environment:

Step 1: Export application artifacts from source environment

We recommend that the steps be repeated for each of the application to be migrated.

  1. Using Deployment Manager export Application instance corresponding to an application along with dependencies and save as a file (e.g. App1_instance_source.xml)
  2. E.g. of dependencies: Resource, Process Form, Process, IT Resource Definition, IT Resource, Lookup

  3. Using Deployment Manager export Request Dataset corresponding to the application and save it to a file (e.g.  App1_Req_Dataset_source.xml)
  4. Get the Sandbox zip file that was exported before publishing in the source environment (e.g. App1_Sandbox_source.zip)

Step 2: Extracting and preparing destination artifacts

The following steps will be completed in destination environment in preparation for merging the sandbox artifact changes from lower environment.

  1. Backup the complete Metadata Services (MDS)
  2. Get latest version of BizEditorBundle.xlf and CatalogAM.xml files form destination
    1. Method 1: Create a dummy Sandbox and create a dummy application
    2. Method 2: Create a dummy Sandbox and edit an existing application instance with a very minor change

    The above 2 methods will get you the latest version of BizEditorBundle.xlf and CatalogAM.xml files from destination into your dummy sandbox.

  3. Export the Sandbox (e.g. Destination_DummyApp_Sandbox.zip)
  4. Publish the Sandbox created above
  5. Copy and extract the Sandbox zip file (Destination_DummyApp_Sandbox.zip) to a folder on a machine from which you can access OIM admin interface of the destination environment

Let us call it Master_Sandbox_Destination folder.

Step 3: Importing Applications in the destination environment

Repeat the below steps to migrate each application exported from source
environment in Step 1

i. Using Deployment Manager import the application instance xml file (App1_instance_source.xml) followed by import of the request dataset xml file (App1_Req_Dataset_source.xml) exported from the source environment in Step 1
ii. Extract the application Sandbox zip from the source environment of Step 1 (App1_Sandbox_source.zip)


a. Open xliffBundles\oracle\iam\ui\runtime\BizEditorBundle.xlf and copy the elements corresponding to the application being migrated and merge them with the BizEditorBundle.xml in the extracted Sandbox zip file from destination environment (i.e Master_Sandbox_Destination folder). You can look for the ‘trans-unit’ elements with the application instance form name of the application that is being migrated. The first element always corresponds to ITResource. Below is an example


b. Open persdef\oracle\iam\ui\catalog\model\am\mdssys\cust\site\site\CatalogAM.xml file and copy the elements corresponding to the application being migrated and merge them with the CatalogAM.xml in the extracted Sandbox zip file from destination environment (i.e Master_Sandbox_Destination folder). You can look for <mds:insert> elements with the app instance form name of the application being migrated


iii. Zip the Sandbox folder Master_Sandbox_Destination folder and import it to the destination environment using Sandbox manager in OIM sysadmin console
iv. Publish the Sandbox imported in the above sub-step

The above process represents the steps to be followed for one application and can be easily replicated for large set of applications. To expedite the process, we have created custom accelerators to automate the integration of applications in batches.

To Conclude

The ‘Disconnected Application Framework’ in OIM 11g can be leveraged to quickly integrate applications for manual provisioning. However with large number of applications to be integrated in a short span of time, without forethought and planning it can become a challenge to create and migrate the applications between environments. Following the process described above allowed us to avert most of the challenges and achieve a smooth application integration.

Coming in the next post:

While we all understand that OIM solution holds the keys to the kingdom of security in an enterprise, there is a growing need to ensure your OIM deployment is secure due to ever increasing rate of insider threats. One of the ways to secure all communication channels to/from OIM is via SSL. It's a common practice that in enterprise class deployments OIM is front-ended by a web server/load balancer. While typically the communication between the end users and web server/load balancer is secured via SSL sometimes securing the channel between and OIM and web server/load balancer or SOA is overlooked.
In our next post we share our experience with implementing SSL between OIM and load balancer & SOA in one of our recent implementations of OIM 11g R2 PS1, challenges to expect and relevant resolutions.

About the Author


Rajesh Gaddam is a Senior Technology Architect with the Enterprise Security & Risk Management (ESRM) practice at Infosys Limited. He has over 10 years of experience in architecting, designing and implementing IAM solutions for multiple clients from different verticals.
Rajesh can be reached via LinkedIn

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

Design Considerations: Implementing Oracle Identity Management for large enterprises

Infosys Limited (NYSE:INFY) is a global leader in technology, consulting and services and an Oracle Diamond Partner that has graciously agreed to present on best practices garnered from experience working on Large Enterprise Identity Management deployments in a four part series hosted here in the Oracle Identity Management Blog.

Large Enterprises: Large Challenges

During the course of deploying Oracle Identity Management suite for various large enterprises, the Infosys Enterprise Security & Risk Management (ESRM) technology team has identified a few typical organizational scenarios:

  • Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) version upgrades
  • OIM deployments for Organizations with existing custom user request Interfaces
  • Migration from other Identity Management products to OIM
  • Coexistence of OIM with another Identity Management product
  • Upgrades to request interface of OIM

While some organizations implement the end-to-end product suite of OIM, others replace specific parts of the Identity Management solution of the enterprise with matching modules of OIM suite.

Provided by security engineers from the Infosys ESRM team, this four part blog series will serve as an overview on design consideration on following topics:

  • The importance of an abstraction layer
  • Disconnected application framework
  • Implementing SSL within layers of Oracle Identity Manager
  • Introducing Roles in an Enterprise

In this first of the four part series, we will discuss the need to build an intermediate or abstraction layer to allow for consolidation of identity, account and access information from OIM and other enterprise sources.

The importance of an abstraction layer

Infosys follows its proven “Accelerated Integration Methodology” (AIM) for rolling out Identity Management components. It consists of four phases –

  • Envision” phase: Strategy of deploying the Identity Management capabilities are finalized
  • Enable” phase: Core Identity Management components are deployed
  • Empower” phase: Additional capabilities like Single Sign On, Fine Grained Authorization and Role Based Access are enabled
  • Extend” phase: Extending the identities across organizational barriers using federation

The “envision” state of an Identity and Access Management program is the initial phase where the Enterprise Security team finalizes the approach to consolidate the identities and accounts across the enterprise and provide the lifecycle flow of identities to various target platforms and applications. The detailed analysis of the existing Identity Management practices sometimes reveals patterns of applications and interfaces accessing the enterprise identity sources directly and business validations and decisions embedded in the applications. This leads to duplication of logic and usage of outdated identity and account information across enterprise systems.

After introducing OIM to consolidate the identities and accounts, the process to update the existing applications to use the identity and account data provided by OIM is time consuming. To ease the situation, the organization can plan for a “co-existence phase” during which the older IDM processes exists side by side with the new IDM infrastructure. But the co-existence phase leads to some interesting challenges. Viz. in some cases organizations maintain multiple request and provisioning systems due to legacy issues, thus triggering a need to track the status of one access request across multiple provisioning engines beyond the migration project. After reaching steady state, the organization will have only OIM as the one identity management tool.

These scenarios require an abstraction layer to be created on top of OIM for both provisioning and data services. This layer can then expose the OIM identity and account data and even data from outside OIM (which doesn’t need to be consolidated in OIM) in a consistent and faster way to all interfacing applications. This can also provide an interface where any new access can be added or modified on the connected targets using OIM.

An “Abstraction Layer” by definition hides the details of implementation while exposing secure and simple interface for identity and account data to outside systems or even to OIM forms. It also provides an interface to manage request submission and status retrieval use cases across multiple request and provisioning system. It provides a platform to consolidate the business decisions and a common interface that can be consumed by many applications. Even if there are standards and specifications available in market, we suggest analyzing the possibility of building a service that is consistent with the long term strategy of the enterprise.

So, how this can be achieved and how does this help?

Creating an additional layer can be a challenging process. We have to build an “Enterprise Identity and Account Services" layer that can receive requests from multiple systems and query OIM data and other system data for applications and platforms.
It should be simple and scalable to service requests in a faster and secure way. It should also provide different types of interfaces (Web services, database tables etc.) for a wide variety of systems that needs to be serviced. It needs careful analysis of what data is available in OIM and what needs to be fetched from outside OIM and how frequent these updates should be made. And, it should also pave the way for creating a single source of Identity, Account and Governance Data.

There can be multiple methods and interfaces created as part of this exercise. Drawing from the Infosys ESRM team's experience, we recommended having these services grouped under the following four categories.

  • User and Account data services: Services to expose the user, account and attribute information
  • Provisioning Services: Services to create/update/delete/enable/disable the accounts and users
  • Audit Services: Account and User Request / Entitlement history services
  • Governance Services: Access certification data services

Although provisioning systems like OIM and user repositories like LDAP provide native APIs to access all the information, the key in large enterprise Identity Management implementations is to provide usage-agnostic consolidated data services without compromising the security aspects of such data access and usage. Simple but critical requests like “get all service accounts owned by a user” or “get all access which were not assigned through a role” etc. can be easily exposed by building the right interfaces.

In addition to the above use cases, we have also come across enterprises that use OIM along with other IDM tools. In such cases, the user access requests have to be split across multiple provisioning systems but the status has to be tracked by a single request key in OIM. We’ve implemented such requirements by consolidating the provisioning services provided by underlying provisioning engines in the abstraction layer. The request system remains completely agnostic to the provisioning process and the systems involved in granting the access.

Reference Architecture: Abstraction Layer Implementation for Enterprise IDM
There are also access certification use cases where the closed loop compliance can be achieved using the services provided by abstraction layer. It can be used to submit access request, manage the access provisioning, track the request lifecycle, retrieve certification data and revoke unwanted access. The layer can service audit needs by exposing access history information to disparate enterprise audit tools.

In Conclusion

While embarking on an ambitious Identity & Access Management strategy, enterprises have to continue using the investments made in the past. A well-built abstraction layer allows the organization to build on top of the existing infrastructure and processes. The simplicity of the solution also hides the complexities involved in marching large enterprises forward on the journey of unified identity & access management processes. The layer allows applications and provisioning engines to reuse business logic while keeping them agnostic to the implementation. The investments made in ‘Abstraction Layer’ also open up opportunities for new applications to reuse business logic and processes that would otherwise have to be written again.

Coming Up Next …

Automated application access provisioning/de-provisioning is one way to secure the benefits of IDM solution. But the time and effort it takes to achieve this level of automation is prohibitive. Another approach to win a quick ROI on IDM solution is to enable manual application provisioning. ‘Disconnected Application Framework’ in OIM 11g R2 provides a fast and easy way of integrating applications for manual provisioning.
In the next blog, we will share the recent Infosys experience with integrating 150+ applications in OIM 11g R2 using ‘Disconnected Application Framework’ along with the challenges we faced and the steps to avoid common pitfalls.

About the Author


Abhishek Nair is a Senior Technology Architect with the Enterprise Security & Risk Management (ESRM) practice at Infosys Limited. He has over 13 years of experience in Identity and Access Management domain. He has played key role in designing and architecting large IAM solution for Infosys customers with a prime focus on Oracle IAM products.
Abhishek may be reach via LinkedIn

Wednesday Oct 08, 2014

Seamlessly & Securely Managing 360k+ User Identities While Reducing IT Complexity: the Seneca College IdM Success Story

Following the 2013 decision to choose Oracle’s PeopleSoft applications running on  Oracle Exadata database machines as its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) and campus-solutions platform in 2013, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology was also faced with another critical decision prompted by the impending end-of-life scenario of its legacy identity management solution. 

Spurred with the overarching goal to provide secure and role-based access to all of the school’s applications and online services for a growing and increasingly remote student body, Seneca chose Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite as its new platform for managing identity and access rights. 

Engaging with Oracle partner ICSynergy, Seneca and ICSynergy designed a solution to meet the college's needs for high availability across multiple campuses and a very diverse user base of 26,500 full-time students and 70,000 part-time registrants. The solution provides streamline control of student access to Seneca College's digital services while securing student privacy and addressing the compliance requirements of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

The full success story can be read here.

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

Thursday October 2nd: Identity Management at Oracle OpenWorld '14

Join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 and find out how and why our customers and partners around the world, spanning nearly every industry, continue to choose Oracle Identity Management to provide seamless and secure access to nearly any application from any device, to identify and automate who has access to what and to provide a common view of the user across multiple channels.

Below you'll find a list of the Identity Management Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 for Thursday, October 2nd, by order of date and time, to help you as you plan your week. Click on each to find out more information and don't forget to register for those you want to attend as sessions can and do fill out.


Conference Sessions


Managing Telenet’s Identities in Practice
Bart Cools, Partner, Cronos NV
Mark Van Tiggel, Team Manager ERP, Telenet NV
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Moscone West - 3020 CON3995

There and Back Again: Journey to a Successful Deployment
Alex Bolante, Managing Director, Accenture
Viresh Garg, Director, PwC
Andrew Morrison, Partner / Principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Aaron Perry, President, Aptec LLC
Matthew Berzinski, Principle Product Manager, Oracle
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON8025

Self-Service Access Control: Help Yourself to More Productivity
Patrick Landry, IT Technical Director, USAA
David Mathias, Information Security Manager - Product Management, US Bank
Atul Goyal, Product Manager, Oracle
Volker Scheuber, Principal Sales Engineer, Oracle
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Moscone West - 3018 CON8007

Architecting a Complete Access Solution for the Cloud Economy
Bernard Diwakar, Security & IAM Architect, Intuit
Marc Chanliau, Director, Product Management, Oracle
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON7975

Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Managing Large-Scale Identity Management Deployments
Gebhard Herget, Architect, Bundesagentur für Arbeit
Perren Walker, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON8045


To maximize your attendance at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, running in San Francisco, CA from September 28th to October 2nd, be sure to review the complete listing of Oracle Identity Management Sessions and Demos.

The Schedule Builder is an invaluable tool to use when plan your visit to the conference. Be sure to pre-enroll in sessions of your interest as rooms can fill up. You can search identity management sessions using the term “identity+management” in the Content Catalog.

Identity Management executives and experts will be readily available for discussions and follow ups. Don’t forget to catch live demonstrations of our complete Oracle Identity Management solutions set while at OpenWorld.

Before and during, follow the conversation about Oracle OpenWorld 2014 on Twitter with #oow14 and, as always, engage with us @oracleidm and follow the Identity Managment blog. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Wednesday October 1st: Identity Management at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 and find out how and why our customers and partners around the world, spanning nearly every industry, continue to choose Oracle Identity Management to provide seamless and secure access to nearly any application from any device, to identify and automate who has access to what and to provide a common view of the user across multiple channels.

Below you'll find a list of the Identity Management Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 for Wednesday, October 1st, by order of date and time, to help you as you plan your week. Click on each to find out more information and don't forget to register for those you want to attend as sessions can and do fill out.


Conference Sessions


Customer Success Stories: How to Eliminate the Blind Spots in Enterprise Risk
Angelo Cascio, SVP, Head of Identity and Access Management, Jefferies
Rich Flees, Staff Manager IT, Qualcomm, inc
Bob Jamieson Jamieson, Information Security Director, UL LLC
Neil Gandhi, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Moscone West - 3020 CON7991

Modern Identity Management: Upgrading to Meet Requirements of the Digital Economy
Sherry Gray, Identity & Access Functional Analyst, ICBC
Judy Hatchett, Best Buy
Stacy Knoup, Asst Dir-IT, Principal Financial Group
Matthew Berzinski, Principle Product Manager, Oracle
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON8023

Securely Extend Applications to Mobile Devices: Developing a Mobile Architecture
Dawn Johnson, Director, IDM, First National of Omaha
RAKESH Meena, Security Architect, Aurionpro Solutions, Inc.
Kanishk Mahajan, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON7994

Beyond Brute Force: Strategies for Securely Leveraging Mobile Devices
Bob Beach, Security Technologies Strategist, Chevron Information Technology
Rajesh Pakkath, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
Andy Smith, Sr Dir of Product Management, Oracle
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON7973

Trust but Verify: Best Practices for Monitoring Privileged Users
Chirag Andani, VP, Identity Access Management PDIT, Oracle
Olaf Stullich, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
Arun Theebaprakasam, PMTS, Oracle
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON8005

To maximize your attendance at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, running in San Francisco, CA from September 28th to October 2nd, be sure to review the complete listing of Oracle Identity Management Sessions and Demos.

The Schedule Builder is an invaluable tool to use when plan your visit to the conference. Be sure to pre-enroll in sessions of your interest as rooms can fill up. You can search identity management sessions using the term “identity+management” in the Content Catalog.

Identity Management executives and experts will be readily available for discussions and follow ups. Don’t forget to catch live demonstrations of our complete Oracle Identity Management solutions set while at OpenWorld.


Before and during, follow the conversation about Oracle OpenWorld 2014 on Twitter with #oow14 and, as always, engage with us @oracleidm and follow the Identity Managment blog. We hope to see you there!

Monday Sep 29, 2014

Tuesday: Identity Management at Oracle OpenWorld '14

Join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 and find out how and why our customers and partners around the world, spanning nearly every industry, continue to choose Oracle Identity Management to provide seamless and secure access to nearly any application from any device, to identify and automate who has access to what and to provide a common view of the user across multiple channels.

Below you'll find a list of the Identity Management Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 for Tuesday, September 30th, by order of date and time, to help you as you plan your week. Click on each to find out more information and don't forget to register for those you want to attend as sessions can and do fill out.


Conference Sessions


Securing the New Perimeter: Strategies for Mobile Application Security
Josh Bregman, VP Solutions, Aurionpro Solutions, Inc
Thai Thai, Infrastructure Solution Architect, Safeway Inc
Andy Smith, Sr Dir of Product Management, Oracle
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Moscone West - 3020 CON7993

Identity as a Service: Extend Enterprise Controls and Identity to the Cloud
Sanjeev Topiwala, Group Manager, Intuit
Roger Wigenstam, Sr. Director, Product Management, Oracle Identity & Access Management, Oracle
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON8040

The Age of Megavolume: Oracle’s Next-Generation Directory and Future Strategy
Rafik Alsawalhy, Manager, City of Los Angeles
Jerome Cartagena, Staff IT Engineer, Qualcomm, Inc.
Etienne Remillon, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Moscone West - 3018 CON8043

Identity Services in the New GM
Andrew Cameron, Enterprise Architect, Identity Management, GENERAL MOTORS
Susie Godfrey, Directory & Platform Services Manager, GM
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON2007


To maximize your attendance at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, running in San Francisco, CA from September 28th to October 2nd, be sure to review the complete listing of Oracle Identity Management Sessions and Demos.

The Schedule Builder is an invaluable tool to use when plan your visit to the conference. Be sure to pre-enroll in sessions of your interest as rooms can fill up. You can search identity management sessions using the term “identity+management” in the Content Catalog.

Identity Management executives and experts will be readily available for discussions and follow ups. Don’t forget to catch live demonstrations of our complete Oracle Identity Management solutions set while at OpenWorld.

Before and during, follow the conversation about Oracle OpenWorld 2014 on Twitter with #oow14 and, as always, engage with us @oracleidm and follow the Identity Managment blog. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Sep 28, 2014

Monday: Identity Management at Oracle OpenWorld 2014


Join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 and find out how and why our customers and partners around the world, spanning nearly every industry, continue to choose Oracle Identity Management to provide seamless and secure access to nearly any application from any device, to identify and automate who has access to what and to provide a common view of the user across multiple channels.

Below you'll find a list of the Identity Management Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 for Monday, September 29th, by order of date and time, to help you as you plan your week. Click on each to find out more information and don't forget to register for those you want to attend as sessions can and do fill out.


MONDAY, SEP 29, 2014

General Sessions


General Session: The Cloud Platform for Digital Business—Presented by Thomas Kurian
Steve Holland, Chief Technology & Digital Officer, 7-Eleven, Inc.
Thomas Kurian, EVP, Oracle
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Marriott Marquis - Salon 7/8/9 GEN8589

Conference Sessions


Ready for the Digital Economy? Oracle’s Vision of How Identity Helps
Sanjeev Topiwala, Group Manager, Intuit
colin anderson, VP-IT & CISO, safeway
Amit Jasuja, Senior Vice President, Oracle
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Moscone West - 3020 CON7989

Identity Governance Across the Extended Enterprise
Dominic Fedronic, Senior Business Leader, VISA
Chris Guttridge, IS Architect, AAA - The Auto Club Group
Bernhard Hübl, Teamleader Middleware, SPAR AG
Jim Taylor, Snr. Director of Product Management, Oracle
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON7968

Access Without Fear: Delivering an Optimal Multichannel User Experience
Thai Thai, Infrastructure Solution Architect, Safeway Inc
Paul Van Nieuwenhuyze, Service Manager, GDF Suez
Jie Yin, Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON7995

Oracle Management Pack Plus for Identity Management Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Byron Amstutz, Executive Principle, Technical Architecture, Accenture-CalHEERS
Andrew Cameron, Enterprise Architect, Identity Management, GENERAL MOTORS
Perren Walker, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Moscone South - 200 CON8212

Securing Oracle Applications and the Extended Enterprise with Identity Management
Naynesh Patel, Sr. Partner, SIMEIO SOLUTIONS
Vaidyanathan Sree, Senior Director Business Application, Sony Computer Entertainment Amercia
Matthew Berzinski, Principle Product Manager, Oracle
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Moscone West - 3018 CON8874

Architecting Appiications with Intelligent Authentication and Authorization
Ranjan Jain, Enterprise IT Architect, Cisco Systems Inc
Roger Westman, Prin IA Engineer, MITRE Corporation
Svetlana Kolomeyskaya, Group Product Manager, Oracle
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Moscone West - 3020 CON7978


To maximize your attendance at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, running in San Francisco, CA from September 28th to October 2nd, be sure to review the complete listing of Oracle Identity Management Sessions and Demos.

The Schedule Builder is an invaluable tool to use when plan your visit to the conference. Be sure to pre-enroll in sessions of your interest as rooms can fill up. You can search identity management sessions using the term “identity+management” in the Content Catalog.

Identity Management executives and experts will be readily available for discussions and follow ups. Don’t forget to catch live demonstrations of our complete Oracle Identity Management solutions set while at OpenWorld.


Before and during, follow the conversation about Oracle OpenWorld 2014 on Twitter with #oow14 and, as always, engage with us @oracleidm and follow the Identity Managment blog. We hope to see you there!

Focus On: Access Management at Oracle OpenWorld '14

Oracle Access Management (OAM): Comprehensive Access Management.  

OAM delivers risk-aware end-to-end user authentication, single sign-on, and authorization protection, enabling enterprises to secure access from mobile devices and seamlessly integrate social identities with applications.

Join Oracle, our partners and customers at Oracle Open World 2014 and learn about Oracle Access Management, the industry’s most advanced solution for securing applications, data, Web services, and cloud-based services.

The following is a list of Access related Identity Management Sessions and HandsOn Labs at OOW14, by order of date and time, to help you as you plan your week. Click on each to find out more information and don't forget to register for those you want to attend as sessions can and do fill out.


Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday
Identity Governance: Reduce Cost, Increase Productivity, and Improve Compliance [HOL9408]This hands-on lab focuses on how Oracle provides a complete identity governance solution that enables organizations to efficiently balance the objectives of access, security, ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom III
Ready for the Digital Economy? Oracle’s Vision of How Identity Helps[CON7989]As organizations consume an increasing number of cloud services and apps, identity management becomes fragmented. Organizations have inconsistent access policies and lose ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM - Moscone West - 3020
Access Management: Secure Web, Mobile, and Cloud Access [HOL9449]The Oracle access management solution provides an optimal user experience for end users while reducing risks and costs through a common infrastructure. It provides a ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom III
Identity Governance Across the Extended Enterprise [CON7968]As organizations deploy an ever-increasing number of cloud, mobile, and enterprise applications, identifying and managing user access can be a challenge, especially when ...View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Access Without Fear: Delivering an Optimal Multichannel User Experience[CON7995]During today’s application explosion, organizations are dealing with an identity fragmentation issue that is creating a disjointed user experience and costing them ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Identify Bottlenecks and Tune Oracle Identity Management to Maximize Performance [CON8383]The Oracle Identity Management suite enables enterprises to manage the end-to-end lifecycle of user identities across all enterprise resources to control access to their ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Oracle Management Pack Plus for Identity Management Best Practices and Lessons Learned [CON8212]This session presents best practices and lessons learned from real-world Oracle Management Pack Plus for Identity Management implementations. Although Oracle Identity and ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM - Moscone South - 200
Architecting Appiications with Intelligent Authentication and Authorization[CON7978]With the increased opportunities of the mobile explosion and cloud applications comes an increase in security threats. To combat these threats while still providing a ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Securing Oracle Applications and the Extended Enterprise with Identity Management [CON8874]All Oracle applications are shipped with Oracle Identity Management components to provide the security services they need. These services can be extended to enable not only ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West - 3018
Mobile Security: Enabling Secure Consumer Mobility [HOL9398]Oracle Mobile Security Suite and Oracle API Gateway enable developers to secure consumer-facing mobile apps and the APIs they connect to. In this hands-on lab, learn how to ... View More
  • Tuesday, Sep 30, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom III
Mobile Security: BYOD to Securely Access Corporate Resources [HOL9399]Oracle Mobile Security Suite delivers a secure workspace where employees can access corporate resources from personal devices without locking them down. It offers the most ...View More
  • Tuesday, Sep 30, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom III
CyberSecurity in Higher Education [CON7734]Information access is very important in higher education, where data sharing and collaboration are mission-critical. This session discusses ways to improve information ... View More
  • Tuesday, Sep 30, 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM - Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C3
Identity as a Service: Extend Enterprise Controls and Identity to the Cloud[CON8040]As organizations continue to adopt software as a service (SaaS) applications to provide various business services such as CRM, office, HR, and collaboration, it is critical ... View More
  • Tuesday, Sep 30, 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Identity Services in the New GM [CON2007]The speaker's team at General Motors started with what seemed to be a straightforward mandate: “The New GM IT organization should be in-sourced and delivering internally ... View More
  • Tuesday, Sep 30, 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Customer Success Stories: How to Eliminate the Blind Spots in Enterprise Risk[CON7991]Three customers, three unique stories. This session focuses solely on understanding how these customers were able to automate their identity governance requirements by using ... View More
  • Wednesday, Oct 1, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM - Moscone West - 3020
Securely Extend Applications to Mobile Devices: Developing a Mobile Architecture [CON7994]As smartphones and tablets become the dominant form of consumer computing, customers are demanding access to services through native mobile applications that two years ago ... View More
  • Wednesday, Oct 1, 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Beyond Brute Force: Strategies for Securely Leveraging Mobile Devices[CON7973]With today’s always-connected workforce, employees are demanding access to corporate assets from mobile devices. Although this enables employees to be more productive, ... View More
  • Wednesday, Oct 1, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Trust but Verify: Best Practices for Monitoring Privileged Users [CON8005]Privileged accounts provide administrators with root-level access to systems and applications. As these accounts are frequently shared, providing secure controls to prevent ... View More
  • Wednesday, Oct 1, 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Managing Telenet’s Identities in Practice [CON3995]After confronting a security audit, Telenet kicked off the implementation of its security roadmap. First up was the proper management of internal identity access rights in ... View More
  • Thursday, Oct 2, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM - Moscone West - 3020

Self-Service Access Control: Help Yourself to More Productivity [CON8007]
As the pace of business increases, it has become impossible for the IT team to manage all the access requests and certifications in an efficient and secure manner. It is ... View More
  • Thursday, Oct 2, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM - Moscone West - 3018
Architecting a Complete Access Solution for the Cloud Economy [CON7975]To be able to conduct business in the digital economy, it is essential that users have consistent access to all their applications from any access channel. This session ... View More
  • Thursday, Oct 2, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM - Moscone West - 3020


To maximize your attendance at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, running in San Francisco, CA from September 28th to October 2nd, be sure to review the complete listing of Oracle Identity Management Sessions and Demos.

The Schedule Builder is an invaluable tool to use when plan your visit to the conference. Be sure to pre-enroll in sessions of your interest as rooms can fill up. You can search identity management sessions using the term “identity+management” in the Content Catalog.

Identity Management executives and experts will be readily available for discussions and follow ups. Don’t forget to catch live demonstrations of our complete Oracle Identity Management solutions set while at OpenWorld.

Before and during, follow the conversation about Oracle OpenWorld 2014 on Twitter with #oow14 and, as always, engage with us @oracleidm and follow the Identity Managment blog. We hope to see you there!

Saturday Sep 27, 2014

Focus On: Cloud & Identity at Oracle Open World 2014

As organizations consume an increasing number of cloud services and apps, identity management becomes fragmented. Private, public or hybrid, all cloud solutions warrant strict security and identity management policies and the solutions to implement them within the ever-expanding perimeter of devices and access points.

Join Oracle, our partners and customers at Oracle Open World 2014 and find out how Oracle Identity Management can securely accelerate your adoption of cloud services in the new digital economy.

The following is a list of Cloud related Identity Management Sessions and HandsOn Labs at OOW14, by order of date and time, to help you as you plan your week. Click on each to find out more information and don't forget to register for those you want to attend as sessions can and do fill out.


Ready for the Digital Economy? Oracle’s Vision of How Identity Helps [CON7989] As organizations consume an increasing number of cloud services and apps, identity management becomes fragmented. Organizations have inconsistent access policies and lose ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM - Moscone West - 3020
Access Management: Secure Web, Mobile, and Cloud Access [HOL9449] The Oracle access management solution provides an optimal user experience for end users while reducing risks and costs through a common infrastructure. It provides a ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom III
Identity Governance Across the Extended Enterprise [CON7968] As organizations deploy an ever-increasing number of cloud, mobile, and enterprise applications, identifying and managing user access can be a challenge, especially when ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Access Without Fear: Delivering an Optimal Multichannel User Experience [CON7995] During today’s application explosion, organizations are dealing with an identity fragmentation issue that is creating a disjointed user experience and costing them ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Securing Oracle Applications and the Extended Enterprise with Identity Management [CON8874] All Oracle applications are shipped with Oracle Identity Management components to provide the security services they need. These services can be extended to enable not only ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West - 3018
Architecting Applications with Intelligent Authentication and Authorization [CON7978] With the increased opportunities of the mobile explosion and cloud applications comes an increase in security threats. To combat these threats while still providing a ... View More
  • Monday, Sep 29, 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Identity as a Service: Extend Enterprise Controls and Identity to the Cloud [CON8040] As organizations continue to adopt software as a service (SaaS) applications to provide various business services such as CRM, office, HR, and collaboration, it is critical ... View More
  • Tuesday, Sep 30, 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM - Moscone West - 3020
The Age of Megavolume: Oracle’s Next-Generation Directory and Future Strategy [CON8043] With the rapid expansion of identities through cloud and mobile applications, it is becoming essential that you have a directory that is capable of handling them. In addition ... View More
  • Tuesday, Sep 30, 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM - Moscone West - 3018
Trust but Verify: Best Practices for Monitoring Privileged Users [CON8005] Privileged accounts provide administrators with root-level access to systems and applications. As these accounts are frequently shared, providing secure controls to prevent ... View More
  • Wednesday, Oct 1, 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM - Moscone West - 3020
Managing Telenet’s Identities in Practice [CON3995] After confronting a security audit, Telenet kicked off the implementation of its security roadmap. First up was the proper management of internal identity access rights in ... View More
  • Thursday, Oct 2, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM - Moscone West - 3020
Architecting a Complete Access Solution for the Cloud Economy [CON7975] To be able to conduct business in the digital economy, it is essential that users have consistent access to all their applications from any access channel. This session ... View More
  • Thursday, Oct 2, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM - Moscone West - 3020

To maximize your attendance at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, running in San Francisco, CA from September 28th to October 2nd, be sure to review the complete listing of Oracle Identity Management Sessions and Demos.

The Schedule Builder is an invaluable tool to use when plan your visit to the conference. Be sure to pre-enroll in sessions of your interest as rooms can fill up. You can search identity management sessions using the term “identity+management” in the Content Catalog.

Identity Management executives and experts will be readily available for discussions and follow ups. Don’t forget to catch live demonstrations of our complete Oracle Identity Management solutions set while at OpenWorld.


Before and during, follow the conversation about Oracle OpenWorld 2014 on Twitter with #oow14 and, as always, engage with us @oracleidm and follow the Identity Managment blog. We hope to see you there!

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