Three-part Learning Series: Understanding and Selecting IAM for Cloud Services

Of all the IT security areas, Identity and Access Management (IAM) can be the most complex. It is also an area that is in the midst of a Galilean-scale paradigm shift from centralized identity management of internal users and systems to unified management of internal and external users, across both traditional IT and third-party cloud services.

Adrian Lane, Analyst and CTO for Securosis presents a 3-part learning series that will enable you to:

  • Define cloud identity solutions and key issues with identity services.
  • Gather a simple but effective reference for IAM architecture and design.
  • Reference your organization’s requirements against most common IAM use cases and itemize your needs within a buyer’s guide.
  • Get an implementation roadmap to help you reach your goals without biting off more than you can chew.

Adrian Lane, Analyst & CTO, Securosis

Adrian is a Security Strategist with over 22 years of industry experience, spanning Ingres, Oracle, and Unisys. He has extensive experience in the vendor community, but brings a pragmatic perspective to selecting and deploying technologies. Adrian specializes in database security, data security, and software development.

1. Understand

Explanations: Solution Space, Architecture and Design

  • On-Demand Webinar & presentation slides.
  • Whitepaper: Explanations: Solution Space, Architecture and Design

Get conceptual awareness of IAM terms and concepts, bring them into sharp focus. This segment will enable you to:

  • Itemize features and benefits common to most cloud identity and access management systems
  • Be aware of key cloud identity services issues
  • Disentangle design from implementation standards by learning IAM design patterns to describe the architecture

2. Usage

Use Cases and Buyers Guide

  • On-Demand Webinar & presentation slides.
  • Whitepaper: Use Cases and Buyers Guide

Understand why cloud computing requires companies to rethink their IAM strategies. This segment provides use cases to illustrate common problems.

Learning objectives include:

  • Key IAM concepts: Identity provider, relying party, attribute provider, authoritative source, and policy decision point
  • Key cloud IAM use cases: SSO, Provisioning and Attribute Exchange

Also included is a practical buyers guide, the checklist to start analyzing IAM products.

3. Implement

Cloud IAM Integration and Implementation Roadmap

  • On-Demand Webinar & Presentation Slides.
  • Whitepaper: Cloud IAM Integration and Implementation Roadmap

Learn how the cloud service model effectively acts as a set of constraints which the IAM architect must factor into their architecture. This segment will guide you to evaluate vendors and start planning your own cloud IAM implementation by covering these topics:

  • Cloud identity deployment models
  • Roles of commercially available identity services, and identity standards
  • Correlate cloud IAM tasks to specific identity standards, which are the building blocks of cloud identity
  • Implementation roadmap: strategy through roles and process definitions