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A jam-packed program with something for everyone
From May 7-10, participants and speakers from around the world gathered in Munich to discuss the hot topics facing the Identdity & Access Management industriy today, including:
Compliance & identity risk management
Company managers in virtually every field are under increasing pressure from regulatory agencies and auditors to demonstrate compliance with a host of national, international and internal laws and rules governing the way IT handles business-critical or highly sensitive information. Compliance automation is beginning to replace costly and time-consuming manual checks and balances in many organizations, but most European companies have yet to realize the importance of compliance tools and identity management for IT governance and risk management. The 1st. European Identity Conference will devote an entire two-day track to these important issues and will highlight products and solutions aimed at reducing the compliance workload and enabling greater security and productivity.
Identity federation & user-centric identity management
Identity Federation is arguably the most exciting trend in identity management today, and definitely the one with the greatest impact on your company’s operations. Many critical business processes are slowed down or flawed by the lack of identity information which increasingly has to flow beyond the borders of an individual organization in order to include partners, suppliers, consultants and, most important of course, customers. Recently discussion within the identity federation community has centered around the issues of user-centric Identity management and “Identity 2.0”. The conference will explore the implications of this new emphasis on the user as well as on finding ways of providing better service and increased satisfaction to existing and potential clients and consumers.
Authentication trends & SSO
User names and passwords are just simply not enough to ensure the security and integrity of vital data and processes within your company. But what are the alternatives? Smartcards, digital certificates, maybe even biometric systems? The conference will showcase actual projects and implementations of existing identity-based authentication systems as well as the benefits of single sign-on solutions for personal productivity and cost reduction. Presentations and discussion will focus on industry standards such as Kerberos and X.509 and will explore the possible impact of identity federation on SSO.
Roles & provisioning
For many years experts have cautioned that managing rights and permissions within the corporate IT must be based on a set of clearly defined policies and roles in order to reduce security breaches and avoid administration nightmares. Automation is the name of the game, and role management is the key. Until now, such projects have usually been driven by the IT departments, but increasingly business managers are insisting on taking the wheel in order to ensure that role concepts match the real needs of the enterprise. In addition, trying to demonstrate compliance with hundreds or even thousands of laws, rules and regulations is forcing companies to adopt a systematic and comprehensive approach to role management both inside the organization and towards external users. The conference will provide examples of best practice solutions and give participants a chance to ask questions to experts in the field of role management.
SOA & identity as a service
In today’s modular, business-oriented IT world, buzzword like SOA (service-oriented architecture), MDA (model-driven architecture) and MDI (model-driven integration) are creating confusion among IT professionals and business users alike. Increasingly, identity management is being perceived as the “missing link” in shared service environments, offering seamless integration and enhancing the usability of systems built from a set of highly disparate components. The conference will investigate the challenges and opportunities as identity increasingly becomes just another service IT departments are expected to offer their customers both within the company and without.