It’s not a protocol (yet) or a piece of software (yet), but Mike Neuenschwander is certain it is one of the missing elements in the identity infrastructure cloud or otherwise.
Neuenschwander, a senior manager with Accenture, thinks there is not enough focus on trust right now and without that focus the emerging cloud identity infrastructure and protocols will suffer from the same gaps that exist now with enterprise-based systems.
“We know we can’t prevent bad things from happening ever, but we know for sure we can have a better rate of security when certain conditions are met,” said Neuenschwander. “If we can figure out how to code five or six important elements of a trust relationship than that will be a more stable model than randomly hoping that people won’t screw each other over.”
What is needed is a game changing moment, says Neuenschwander, a witty presenter whose take on things leaves audiences thinking outside their comfort zone. He will be pondering some game-changer suggestions at July’s Cloud Identity Summit when he leads a session entitled “Accenture’s Best Practice for Cloud Security.”
“We need to stop laying new asphalt on the same old highways,” he says. “There needs to be a focus on trust; what creates trust in situations where you have partners that are collaborating and don’t know each other that well going into it.”
Neuenschwander says security is one issue, but the challenge is also trying to improve the trustworthiness of the transaction. “Identity protocols by and large assume you have all that worked out somewhere else.”
He wants to explore the questions about what happens when something goes wrong. Something off the script. “That stuff is not worked into the protocols right now,” he says. “It would be interesting to figure out how to do some of that stuff as matter of protocol rather than having to get lawyers on the phone.”
Says Neuenschwander, "If we are going to have an environment of any-to-any and not repave existing partnerships, the industry has to develop a systematic approach to trust."