ForgeRock CEO Mike Ellis discussed identity relationship management during a Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by ForgeRock at the 2014 Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Leadership Forum in San Francisco on May 6. In his presentation, "Identity Relationship Management: Using Identity to Empower CISOs Everywhere," Ellis noted identity relationship management technology could prove to be vital for CISOs over the next few years.
Ellis said the convergence of identity and security has changed the way many organizations are protecting their sensitive information. Many organizations are leveraging contextual data to improve their security, Ellis said, and this trend may continue for years to come: "A very important convergence [is] happening, and I think you’ll see this in a big way over the next 12 months really start to take hold where you’ve got vendors that have dashboards around firewall. They’re either served up by Splunk or some other analytic vendor and you’re going to start to see identity feeding that dashboard real time and not just loads of logs of identity data, but contextual data about anomalies that are occurring around identity and policies’ context of that identity."
According to Ellis, the most valuable asset of any enterprise is the customer. By personalizing security, Ellis said, an organization can avoid data protection issues and safeguard its customers: "How do you really personalize [security]? The key thing here is don’t think about sign-on and federation to the clouds. That’s old school commoditization of that functionality. What you really need to understand is the context. Again, going back to all the attributes of the identity doing it real time."