The Value Of Proactively Managing Identity | Redefining Security With Julie Smith (IDSA) And Kelvin Coleman (NCSA)


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Identity: the fact of being who or what a person or thing is — and the characteristics determining it. Pretty much, it is what defines a person, an item, or a group. Simple, no? Yes, it was — then our society walked into the online space, and things got messy.

Our digital identities are now at the core of pretty much every technical element we interact with in life: at home, on the go, at work, and beyond. Do we do enough to protect and manage these critical assets? How many identities can we have, and how many times can someone's identity be stolen?

In today's discussion, we get to uncover the work being done by two non-profit organizations. The National Cyber Security Alliance and the Identity Defined Security Alliance joined our conversation with the executive directors from each: Kelvin Coleman and Julie Smith, respectively.

While identity is ultimately about a person (or perhaps a device on a network or connected to the Internet), it's what it represents. An identity has access to other assets, and that needs to be understood and properly managed. Here is where things start to twist and turn, and this is what we discuss:

- The role of identity management in connection to the value of security for the business; why organizations need to pay attention to the value — and risk — that identity brings to the table.

- How organizations can begin to operationalize identity management to help meet the business objectives while proactively managing risk.

There is an opportunity to move beyond risk management to a place where the InfoSec team can provide value to the top and bottom lines in the form of revenue generation and/or protection.

And we also had a good time doing this.


About Identify Management Day
The mission of Identity Management Day is to educate business leaders and IT decision makers on the importance of identity management and key components including governance, identity-centric security best practices, processes, and technology, with a special focus on the dangers of not properly securing identities and access credentials.

About IDSA
The Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA) provides free vendor-neutral education and resources that help organizations reduce the risk of a breach by combining identity and security strategies. To address the expanded threat environment security leaders face, we provide best practices and identity-centric security outcomes and approaches for addressing the growing need for better identity management and digital identity security.

About NCSA
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) builds strong public/private partnerships to create and implement broad-reaching education and awareness efforts to empower users at home, work and school with the information they need to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems and their sensitive information safe and secure online and encourage a culture of cybersecurity.

Julie Smith, Executive Director, Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA) | (@IAMStrategies on Twitter)

Kelvin Coleman, Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) | (@KColemanNCSA on Twitter)

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