Gartner Identity Summit London 2015 – Review

This week saw the Gartner Identity and Access Management Summit come to London town.  The event brings together the great and good from the identity community, with a range of vendors, consultancies and identity customers all looking to analyse the current market place and understand the current challenges as well as hot topics that can be applied in 2015 and beyond.

Hitting the Right Notes

The main keynote from the external speaker, was from the highly talented classical musician Miha Pogacnik.  Miha delivered an inspirational 60 minute talk, translating the components of classical music into the realm of business transformation.  He focused on organisational change and all the various different angles of repetition, aggression, questioning and responding that occur and the new challenges it places on organisations, whilst playing a piece of Bach on his violin!  Fantastic.



Consumers Have Identities Too

From a strategic identity perspective, there were several presentations on the developing need for consumer identity management. Many organisations are embracing digital transformation in both the private and public sector, defining use cases and requirements for things like consumer registration, authentication and multi-factor authentication, all done within a highly scalable yet simple identity management framework.

Traditional identity management platforms, products and delivery approaches, are often focused on small scale, repeatable use cases that focus on employees and workflow and don't require the scale or rapid time to delivery that consumer facing projects need.

Gartner's Lori Robinson went through the journey of differences between customer and employee identity management and how features such as consumer registration, map neatly to core provisioning and synchronization use cases, whilst features such as authentication are being extended to include things like adaptive risk, device finger printing and the use of one time passwords to help improve security when high value consumer transactions take place, such as address changes.

The Identity of Things Headache

Another emerging area that not only Gartner, but many consultants and customers were talking about, was that of applying identity patterns to devices and things.  Whilst there has been the initial hype of consumer focused things - such as fitness trackers, fridge monitors and so on - there is a great and developing need for identity and access patterns to the manufacturing space, utilities, SCADA and energy sectors.  Many devices are low powered and have limited cryptographic processing capabilities, but still require registration and linking use cases to be fulfilled as well as having the data their generate to be protected.

The linking, relationship building and data privacy concerns of the newly emerging internet of things landscape, requires heavy doses of identity and access management medicine to make them sustainable.

Newer emerging standards such as OpenID Connect and User Managed Access were the main focus of the coffee chatter and how they can provide federated authorization capabilities to both people and things based infrastructures.


Overall it was a well attended and thought provoking summit, with both traditional and emerging vendors sponsoring and some great event party antics.  It seems the identity management space is going from strength to strength, even after being around for over 15 years.  The new challenges of devices, consumers, cloud and mobile are helping to drive innovation in both the vendor and delivery space.

By Simon Moffatt



Happy 5 Years Anniversary, ForgeRock!

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Today marks the 5 years anniversary of ForgeRock !

5 years and the company counts over 250 employees, over 500 customers, and more than half a billion of identities protected by our ForgeRock Identity Stack ! By the way, this is just the beginning… Feeling like you want to be part of it ? We’re growing and hiring !

ForgeRock Company Meeting 2015.

A big room for the 220+ employees at the last company meeting!

I do remember celebrating the 1st anniversary, with less than 20 people and a cake, in a small hotel south of Portugal…

ForgeRock cake presented by Hermann, VP of Sales

What an amazing journey ! Thanks Hermann,Jonathan, Lasse, Steve and Victor for bootstrapping the company and giving us the opportunity to join, work hard and have fun ! Happy anniversary to the 5 of you !

The 5 ForgeRock Founders


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OpenDJ on Windows…

OpenDJ LogoOpenDJ, the LDAP directory services in Java, is supported on multiple platforms and has been for many years. We’re testing on Linux, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS X, but also different JVMs: Oracle JRE, OpenJDK, Azul Zulu, IBM JVM…

With OpenDJ 2.6, we’ve made it easier for people to install it on Linux machines by providing RPM and Debian packages.

We are now also providing a MSI package to ease the installation and removal on Windows machines. The MSI package is available for nightly builds here.

OpenDJ MSI InstallerScreen Shot 2015-01-28 at 09.14.01


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OpenIG 3.1 is now available…

It’s my great pleasure to announce the general availability of OpenIG 3.1, a minor update of the ForgeRock Open Identity Gateway product, following the press release of early December.

The Open Identity Gateway is a simple standard-based solution to secure access to web applications and APIs. It supports SAMLv2, OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect and can capture and replay credentials, enabling SSO and Federation.

With a four months release cycle since the previous release, OpenIG 3.1 doesn’t contain many major new features, but it does bring several new enhancements to the product, including :

  • The support for encrypted JSON Web Token (JWT) cookies to store session information on the user-agent. The administrator can decide to keep the default container managed sessions, or use JWT cookies globally or for a specific route.
  • A simplification of OpenIG configuration, with the ability to inline objects, omit specific fields when empty or obvious. This simplification enables faster configuration as well as a better readability for long term maintenance of the service.
  • IMG_4090The introduction of “Decorator” for configuration objects, easily adding new behaviors to existing configured objects. OpenIG 3.1 provides 3 decorators out of the box: a CaptureDecorator that enables debugging and logging in a much easier and more dynamic way; a TimerDecorator that records times spent in the decorated objects; an AuditDecorator that allows to audit operations for any decorated objects.
  • The support for a sample monitoring handler that provides basic statistics about the exchanges and routes. The monitoring information can be used to provide an activity dashboard such as here on the right..
  • Some optimisations and performance improvements when using OpenID Connect and OAuth 2.0

For the complete details of the changes in OpenIG 3.1, please check the release notes.

You can download the ForgeRock product here. It’s been heavily tested by our Quality Assurance team : functional tests on Windows, Mac and Linux, stress tests as proxy, with OAuth2 and OpenID Connect, non-regression tests… The documentation has been entirely reviewed and all examples tested.  The  source code is available in our code repository (https://svn.forgerock.org/openig).

We are interested in your feedback, so get it, play with it and give us your comments, either on the mailing list, the wiki, the OpenIG Forum or through blog posts.

 


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On track for the release…

Yesterday we’ve announced the new releases of 3 of ForgeRock products : OpenAM 12.0, OpenIDM 3.1 and OpenIG 3.1.

There are still a few days before we make OpenIG 3.1 generally available. We are currently stressing it out and reviewing the documentation. But all indicators are green for now :

Snapshot of OpenIG Issue Tracker


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IoT World Forum Review: Interop, Data & Security

This week saw the 2 day Internet of Things World Forum conference take place in London. There is clearly a general consensus, that the IoT market is a multi-trillion dollar opportunity, through the implementation of items such as consumer wearables, embedded predictive failure components and data collecting sensors.



The rapid rise in connected devices and IoT ecosystems, is seemingly beingdriven by several key factors, includingfalling cost of both connectivity anddata storage. These lowering barriers to entry, coupled with more developer friendly ecosystems and open platforms, is helping to fulfil new revenue generating business opportunities in multiple verticals including manufacturing and healthcare.

Matt Hatton from Machina Research started off discussing the progression from local standalone projects (Intranets of Things), through to more internal or enterprise focused deployments (Subnets of Things).  David Keene from Google, extended this further, to say the progression will reach the concept of Web of Things, where accessibility and 'findability' will be key to managing and accessing data.

It was clear that data aggregation and analytics will be a major component in any successful IoT infrastructure, whether that is focusing on consumer enhancements, such as the Jaguar connected car project as described by Leon Hurst, through to smart health care, either in the form of Fitbits, or more advanced medical instrumentation.

API's and machine processing were certainly referenced more than once.  The new more connected web, will provide interaction touch points that only machines can understand, coupled with better data aggregation, distributed data storage and centralised querying. API's of course need protection too, either via gateways or via token management integration for standards such as OAuth2.

One aspect that was conspicuous in it's absence, was that of data privacy, and identity and access management.  The IoT landscape is creating vast amounts of data at stream like speeds.  The concept of little data (small devices in isolation) to big data (aggregated in cloud services) requires strong levels of authentication and authorization, at both the device, service and end user level.  The ability to share and transparently know where data is being accessed will be a key concern in the consumer and health care spaces.

Dave Wagstaff from BSquare, brought up the interesting concept, that many organisations are now subtly moving away from a product based business model, to a software and services based approach. With the the increased capability of devices, organisations now can perform much more in the way of remote monitoring, predictive failure and so on, where the end user really is just paying an insurance or subscription for their physical thing.

Bernd Heinrichs from Cisco followed a similar pattern, where he described the German view of Industry v4.0 (or 4.1...) where innovative production concepts are helping to reduce energy, increase uptime and generate better component output.

From a new market opportunity perspective, Francois Menuier from Morgan Stanley, observed that 6% of all consumers now own a wearable, with 59% of them using that wearable daily. In addition many wearable owners, argued that this was an additional purchase and not one to replace existing technology, solidifying the view that new market initiatives are available in the IoT world. However many consumer wearables generate huge amounts of deeply personal data that needs to be protected and shared securely.

Jon Carter from Deutsch Telekom went through the 7 steps for a successful IoT implementation, which ended with the two main points of applying a minimum viable product concept to design and also leverage secure and open platform.

Dr Shane Rooney from the GSMA focused his thoughts on security within the mobile network operator network, including the concept of device to device and device to service authentication, as well the the need for greater focus on data privacy.

Overall an interesting couple of days. Whilst most manufacturers and platforms are focused on interoperability and data management, identity and access management has a strong and critical role in allowing 3rd party data sharing and interactions to take place. It will be interesting to see if the 2015 and 2016 start to introduce these concepts by default.





Another great resource to get started with OpenIG

guillaumeI forgot to mention, but Guillaume, the lead developer for OpenIG, has also started a blog to discuss about Middleware, and share his experience and thoughts about OpenIG.

He has started a great series of posts introducing OpenIG, it’s use cases, some terminology…

I encourage you to take a look at it here : In Between – a Blog by Guillaume Sauthier


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Simplifying OpenIG configuration…

In the article that I’ve posted yesterday, I’ve outline portions of configuration files for OpenIG. The configuration is actually only working with the latest OpenIG nightly builds, as it leverages some of the newest updates to the code.

One of the feedback that we got after we released was that configuring OpenIG was still too complex and verbose. So, we’ve made changes to the model, simplifying it, removing intermediate objects… The result is much smaller and easier to understand configuration files, but more importantly, easier to read back and understand the flow they represents.

My colleague Mark has done a great job of describing and illustrating those changes in a few articles :

OpenIG’s improved configuration files (Part 1)

OpenIG: A quick look at decorators

OpenIG’s improve configuration files Part 2

 


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Missed the IRM Summit Europe ? We’ve got it recorded !

All the sessions from the European IRMSummit that took place early this month in Dublin were recorded, and the videos are now available.

To make it even easier for everyone, our Marketing team has produced playlists according to the agenda :

Enjoy and I hope this will give you envy to be with us next year !


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The new ForgeRock Community site

Earlier this week, a new major version of ForgeRock Community site was pushed to production.

ForgeRock.org

Beside a cleaner look and feel and a long awaited reorganisation of content, the new version enables better collaboration around the open source projects and initiatives. You will find Forums, for general discussions or project specific ones, new Groups around specific topics like UMA or IoT. We’ve also added a calendar with different views, so that you can find or suggest events, conferences, webinars touching the projects and IRM at large.
Great work Aron and Marius for the new ForgeRock.org site ! Thank you.

Venn Of Authorization with UMAAnd we’ve also announced a new project OpenUMA. If you haven’t paid attention to it yet, I suggest you do now. User-Managed Access (UMA) is an OAuth-based protocol that enables an individual to control the authorization of data sharing and service access made by others. The OpenUMA community shares an interest in informing, improving, and extending the development of UMA-compatible open-source software as part of ForgeRock’s Open Identity Stack.

 


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