So in a month where nothing was interesting enough for me to comment about, here's a few main bits of Identity news I came across:
- The Burton Group followed up a previous post about the Law of Relational Symmetry (which I referenced in an earlier post) with a post relating to the Law of Relational Risk. I for one had a tougher time grasping the concepts here, so I REALLY had to concentrate.
- The Burton Group also mentioned the "ascension" of authorisation management within enterprise environments of late. Seems this concept just won't go away...and rightly so. But as I mentioned in an earlier post (although at the time I used the term "entitlement management" and made mention of a company called Securant, which started a discussion between myself and Securent's CEO Rajiv Gupta which you can read in the comments section of that post - I should note that he didn't respond to my email following my final comment. I'm sure he had better things to do than debate terminology with me), this is not a new concept. It's just getting more attention of late.
- EMC talked about leveraging their RSA acquisition to "identity enable" their suite of products. I'll believe it when I see it!
- Microsoft Windows Vista launched - probably means we'll start to see the advent of more Windows CardSpace enabled solutions.
- IBM announced the release of Identity Mixer, which is software designed to help people hide or anonymise their personal information on the web. This has been donated to the Higgins project.
- The Liberty Alliance announced a Portal called OpenLiberty.org to "provide easy access to tools and information to jump start the development of more secure and privacy-respecting identity-based applications based on Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services standards".
- Microsoft Architect for Identity and Access and User Centric Identity luminary Kim Cameron gave examples about how one would integrate CardSpace with OpenID.
- Kim Cameron and Dick Hardt (yes that really is his name), CEO of Sxip had a bit of a friendly stoush over OpenID and what Kim thinks is a susceptibility to phishing unless OpenID adopts some of the more secure concepts behind CardSpace. Dick responds on his blog. The discussion continues in the Identity-sphere.
- Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced changes in his cabinet making Senator Ian Campbell the new Minister for Human Services. He takes over from Joe Hockey who is now Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations. I mention this because it means that there's now a new guy in charge of Australia's Access Card initiative which has the potential to become our National Identity Card depending on what happens moving forward. It will be interesting to see the direction this takes moving forward with new leadership in place...not to mention the continuation of all the Software Security vendors (one of which I work for - more on this in the next post) and System Integrators salivating at the sheer size and potential $$$ involved with winning even part of the bid to implement this or to provide part of the infrastructure for it.