Cloud Identity Services – Models and Challenges

I am co-presenting with Martin Kuppinger (of KuppingerCole) on a panel about Cloud Identity Services – Models and Challenges. Please stop by for my session if you are attending European Identity Conference and want to understand the challenges of how Cloud based Identity is totally different than Enterprise Identity.

Cloud Identity Services – Models and Challenges
Martin Kuppinger, KuppingerCole
Andy Thurai, Intel

As the software-as-a-service (SaaS) market explodes, more and more organizations struggle to gain control over their user’s identities in the cloud. Some are also exploring outsourcing their identity and access management (IAM) functions to the cloud.

There are three architectural models for implementing cloud identity services:

In the cloud – identity and access management as an on-demand service
To the cloud – IAM from an on-premise platform
Hybrid – a model that includes elements of both on-demand and on-premise solutions.

In this session, we will discuss the key architectural, platform, integration, security, scalability and reliability issues which organizations seeking to adopt cloud-based identity need to consider, including the increasingly significant role that Cloud Identity Broker/Cloud Security Broker technology is playing. The discussion will also assess current and evolving technology and industry standards available for managing SaaS account provisioning/de-provisioning, single sign-on, strong authentication, and other identity operations.


When you finish this session, you will have a framework for analyzing the state of today’s technology options and selecting the most appropriate architectural platform to meet your businesses identity requirements in the cloud.

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