Earlier this month Gartner shared its Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. Not surprisingly, mobile device management and mobile apps are at the top of the list. Dealing with an expanding mobile workforce and array of employee-owned devices will introduce new complexities. Mobile identity will inevitably become one of the challenges organizations will have to face.
From November 18-20, Gartner will host the 2013 Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit in Los Angeles, and I’m excited to participate in many discussions about emerging trends in mobile, the cloud, and security and IAM. I’ll also be talking about extending identity technologies to mobile applications during the conference.
Identity capabilities such as authentication, access control, and auditing have long been required by applications since the earliest days of computing. Over the years, the identity approaches we’ve implemented have evolved to become increasingly loosely coupled from our applications and operating systems. Federation standards like SAML and OAuth have emerged to enable what might be considered the ultimate form of loose coupling, making them very well suited for identity functions within mobile applications.
My session will address the evolution of IAM systems, how federation standards can be used today to extend identity to mobile devices, and how these standards are being extended to provide additional capabilities to mobile devices in the future.
I look forward to seeing those of you who can make it to Los Angeles for the event. Visit me and the team at booth 202, and follow me on Twitter @dcplatt to track some of the interesting things I’m catching during the show.