Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Roger Strukhoff

Related Topics: @ThingsExpo, Microservices Expo, @CloudExpo, Cloud Security, @DXWorldExpo, SDN Journal

@ThingsExpo: Article

'Internet Of Things' and Identity

As the Internet of Things continues its march to the mainstream, organizations have more opportunities to expand relationships

Over the past few years, enterprises have been moving to the cloud to streamline processes and operations. A study last year by TheInfoPro indicated that there is no sign of cloud investment slowing down - predicting an average growth rate of cloud spending of 36 percent from this year until 2016. As the Internet of Things continues its march to the mainstream, organizations have more opportunities to expand relationships with customers and partners by building and offering new services. These services have the potential to exponentially drive revenue and create business value.

The question is, what do CIOs need to do to make sure that their companies can take advantage of this potential? The first step is to look at their existing technical infrastructure to ensure that it can truly enable companies to drive change. One crucial component: security, including identity and access management.

IRM and the Cloud: The Move Toward Supporting a Dynamic Environment
Traditionally, identity and access management (IAM) was used to defend a company from security breaches and protect data by providing the right level of access to the right people, who were typically employees of the company. But in a cloud-based world, where organizations need to break down the walls to increase their interaction with customers and partners, a traditional IAM solution just doesn't work - it won't be able to cope with the varying devices and environments at Internet scale.

Looking at all the differences between what is needed now and what traditional identity management offers, I think that "identity relationship management" (IRM) is the best way to describe the new lightweight and agile solution that companies will adopt. A term coined by Kantara Initiative in October 2013, I think it is a perfect way to describe the changes that are needed - moving from managing access and identities to managing relationships.

In a cloud-based world, organizations need to ensure that their IAM system - a critical security component - is able to handle dynamic requests. What do CIOs and CSOs need to look for in an IRM solution to drive revenue through the cloud, while still ensuring a secure experience? Here are some ideas:

  1. Scalability: In a world running on the cloud and the Internet, scalability is a key factor - it's no longer about managing employees who access information from their desks. Customers, partners and employees are accessing information from devices across a variety of locations and the number of users grows exponentially over time, so identity systems need to manage millions of identities instantaneously.
  2. Intelligent and adaptable: Now that everyone has a mobile device, they expect access to information across different environments and geographies. But, that doesn't mean that IT needs to compromise on security. That's why identity and access systems need to be flexible, so that if a user tries to access a secure portal from a new device or location, it will allow access, granted they have the proper credentials.
  3. Modular structure: Modern identity demands are at an entirely new level of complexity that an old, traditional system is not able to handle. Systems need to respond quickly to a plethora of varying factors - devices, circumstances, and access privileges - to ensure that systems continue to run seamlessly. Now that companies are opening up access to partners and customers, user experience becomes that much more complex and critical, and traditional IAM struggles to respond to these varying factors.
  4. Borderless: Not long ago, information was stored on premises and that's where employees accessed it from - their desktop from the network in their office. Now that companies have adopted new technologies like cloud and SaaS, information is likely stored across all three environments, but users still expect the same fast and easy access. A good IRM solution is borderless so that stakeholders have the flexibility to securely and seamlessly access information stored in any environment from anywhere.

Making the Transition Easy
There are also some detailed technical features that organizations can keep in mind when choosing an IRM solution. These include emerging standards like OpenID Connect and OAuth 2.0, which enable cloud and mobile-ready features like device agnostic single-sign on (SSO) across environments. A system that uses REST APIs also makes it more developer friendly, and is a lightweight and flexible alternative to traditional SOAP-based Web services.

When considering implementation, it is essential to ensure the deployment is as quick and easy as possible. Oftentimes, organizations are using different IAM systems across their company, making management difficult. Deploying a central IRM solution gives users the ability to quickly create and deploy new revenue-generating services.  Additionally, the IT team is able to manage and scale the system much easier from one centralized location.

IAM has always been seen as a necessity for employees and company systems, and therefore a business cost, but with the cloud, organizations are in the unique position to adjust their focus from simple identity and access management to leveraging the value of unique relationships to drive business' top-line revenue.

More Stories By John Barco

John Barco is currently vice president of product management at ForgeRock. He has more than 20 years of experience building innovative products for enterprise customers with focus on identity and access management for the last 12 years. Prior to joining ForgeRock, he served as senior director of product management for the Identity Management group at Sun Microsystems. John has also held leadership positions at iPlanet, Silicon Graphics, NComputing, and IronKey. He holds a degree in industrial engineering from Missouri State University.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


CloudEXPO Stories
The precious oil is extracted from the seeds of prickly pear cactus plant. After taking out the seeds from the fruits, they are adequately dried and then cold pressed to obtain the oil. Indeed, the prickly seed oil is quite expensive. Well, that is understandable when you consider the fact that the seeds are really tiny and each seed contain only about 5% of oil in it at most, plus the seeds are usually handpicked from the fruits. This means it will take tons of these seeds to produce just one bottle of the oil for commercial purpose. But from its medical properties to its culinary importance, skin lightening, moisturizing, and protection abilities, down to its extraordinary hair care properties, prickly seed oil has got lots of excellent rewards for anyone who pays the price.
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected path for IoT innovators to scale globally, and the smartest path to cross-device synergy in an instrumented, connected world.
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
ScaleMP is presenting at CloudEXPO 2019, held June 24-26 in Santa Clara, and we’d love to see you there. At the conference, we’ll demonstrate how ScaleMP is solving one of the most vexing challenges for cloud — memory cost and limit of scale — and how our innovative vSMP MemoryONE solution provides affordable larger server memory for the private and public cloud. Please visit us at Booth No. 519 to connect with our experts and learn more about vSMP MemoryONE and how it is already serving some of the world’s largest data centers. Click here to schedule a meeting with our experts and executives.
Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal' for all devices and users, updating its understanding as the environment changes.