Your cell phone. Your computer. Your cable box. Your Wi-Fi printer.
This Internet of Things is the network equivalent of the Big Bang. Business in the digital economy is inherently cross-domain, yet security policy isn't. The result is a universe of people, applications, and devices that is chaotic, insecure, and reduced to trillions of aggravating passwords. Identity is the key to unlocking a better future. An open, standards-based identity framework.
We need to think differently about identity security. It's no longer about locking down the enterprise. It's about enabling access and creating new opportunities. It's about realizing the full potential of your Identiverse.
The Identiverse is a more perfect digital world of people, applications, and devices that all recognize and interact with each other. When everything is identity-aware and access is ubiquitous, the Identiverse will provide superior security and freedom to realize the full potential of a digital economy.
Getting there requires some basic pillars:
1. Everything has an identity (apps, devices, people) 2. Authentication is multifactor (and rarely passwords) 3. APIs are ubiquitous 4. Standards are everywhere 5. Access is Federated 6. Privacy is possible
It's a new framework in which to think about how to subtract friction out of the Internet of Things and cross-domain interaction in order to take advantage of something that's traditionally been viewed as an obstacle.
It's time to start exploring your Identiverse. Patrick Harding, our CTO, will dive into some of these pillars in his session tomorrow at the Gartner Catalyst Conference and you'll be hearing more from us and our customers and partners on this topic in the weeks to come.
(Harding's session is Tuesday, July 30 at 10:20 am in Elizabeth Ballroom D).