The Nest intelligent thermostat company got bought by Google last week for $3.2B. Does this mean that the age of IoT is here? Probably not - the identity and security problems we experience with servers and mobile devices will only be worse for the IoT without some major changes:
Kat Megas, NSTIC, and Ken Klingenstein, Internet2: Creating Trustmark Compounds from Trust Elements Recently, there has been considerable discussion within the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) and elsewhere regarding trust frameworks, trustmarks, accreditation criteria, and identity ecosystems. "Traditional" trust frameworks and trustmark models - which were historically developed within monolithic schemes with a requirement for accountability to a single enterprise program - are starting to evolve to accommodate a broader extent of trust federation. Cross-federation trust is also emerging, not only as a natural evolution of trust frameworks, but also as a logical next step towards standardization of services and business drivers for participants. As we look to advance the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), this sort of cross-federation trust is essential to a vibrant Identity Ecosystem.
Zach Epstein, BGR: Major security holes found in 90% of top mobile banking apps Security is important in every app, of course, but if there is one group of mobile apps that users want to be secure even more so than any others, it's probably mobile banking apps. It will undoubtedly come as a shock, however, that a new study has found 90% of mobile banking apps from top banks have serious security vulnerabilities that could potentially compromise sensitive user data.
Tom Scavo, InCommon: Social Identity: A Path Forward Social Identity was a hot topic at Identity Week in San Francisco last November. Some of the participants questioned the wisdom of Social Identity in the first place: Do we really want to give the keys to the kingdom to Google? Wouldn't it be in the Federation's best interest to continue to encourage campuses to deploy their own IdPs?
NSTIC 2014 Pilot Opportunity Underway! The NSTIC National Program Office is pleased to announce the kickoff of a third round of NSTIC pilot projects - providing another opportunity for stakeholders to support the President's strategy to improve the privacy, security, and convenience of online transactions through innovation in the emerging Identity Ecosystem. The new Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement has been posted; for details, click here.
She's Geeky! Bay Area, January 24-26 It is one of my favorite weekends of the year. If you are a woman and you do anything related to tech or science or math or daydream about science fiction, are a gamer join us for a weekend of fun and connection and nerding out. The diversity of women is amazing.
NSTIC Pilots in Motion - Jan. 30: This is a special event produced by Kantara and hosted at the Department of Commerce in Washington DC. The event is an industry day that will feature NSTIC pilots where Kantara is playing a role. Event space is limited. If you're interested to join us please send an inquiry to email@example.com.
HIMSS - Feb. 23-27: We're planning an amazing workshop for HIMSS 2014. The is the second year in a row Kantara will be hosting a workshop at HIMSS. This conference goes big and we love the theme: Innovation, Impact, Outcomes, Onward!
RSA - Feb. 24-28: RSA is always an amazing event. We have Kantara Members appearing on conference agenda topics and we're very happy to bring the next installment of "Non-Profits on the Loose."
EIC - May 12-16: The European Identity and Cloud Conference is an event we look forward to every year. We'll be hosting another workshop at EIC in 2014. We'll be presenting around IRM, UMA, Profiling of OpenID Connect & OAuth, and much more.