Category: privacy

Consumer Centric Identity

What the use of open banking means for identity networks

By connecting identity data from multiple sources through APIs, the open banking concept can help verify identity more reliably and improve the customer experience. When you think of Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), what likely springs to mind is the implementation of the Secure Customer Authentication rule (SCA). SCA was brought in as an additional…
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Feeling secure enough to use open source for IAM projects

Identity is big, really big, especially when it is customer facing. There are a lot of moving parts to build, pieces to hook up, and external functionality to integrate. The whole makes the identity ecosystem which was once a dream of a few but is fast becoming a reality for many. Part of this movement…
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The Cloud’s the Limit for Secure, Complaint, Identity Storage, and Personal Data

Back in 2009, I gave a talk about Cloud identity. It went down, less like a fluffy Cloud and more like a lead balloon. It was too early – way too early. But as we reach peak Cloud adoption, with rates of uptake reaching 93%, the sky’s the limit for digital identity. Cloud computing has…
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What Happens If… Disaster Recovery for the Smart City and Beyond

Crisis planning is integral to many cities across the planet and we see it in use when natural disasters strike. When the magnitude 9 earthquake hit Japan in 2011, previous disaster planning kicked in. But the response has been criticized because of the predictive limitations that informed the disaster recovery attempts. Other criticisms highlighted too…
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Data as a Smart Superstructure: A Warning to the Wise

In a previous article, I talked about how we need to build a smart identity for a smart city. The article, hopefully, pointed to building a perspective on what smart actually means. But, smart cities are built up from many smart pieces. These ‘smart pieces’ are really just an evolution of our current critical infrastructures…
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Identity and The Smart City

Human beings love cities, well many of us do. We love them so much that the United Nations are predicting that by 2050, 66% of us will live in them. So how do to make sure that all of those people are housed, have clean water, can get into and out of the city easily,…
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Is Privacy The New Security?

Security is a very wide subject. If we pare it down to cybersecurity, it still covers everything from the wanton damage of IT systems to espionage to data breaches. Security touches all points in a system, from the human operator out to the Cloud and beyond. Cybersecurity is a fundamental aspect of an identity system.…
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May The Forces be With You: Using IPaaS for IAM and GDPR

The General Data Protection Directive GDPR which comes into force on May 25, 2018, may well be the most written about directive ever. There is a reason for this. It is complicated, involves data, and it cuts across country boundaries like Attila the Hun could never achieve. I recently did a webinar on GDPR, hoping…
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Hacking The GDPR

Just uttering the words General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is almost enough to make grown adults faint. The GDPR is the updated and more stringent version of the European Union Data Protection Directive 95/46 EC which goes back to 1995. Things have changed a lot since the nineties. For one thing, the Internet in 1995…
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