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Identity Management & GRC analysts Kuppinger Cole announce European Identity Conference (EIC) 2009

GRC 2008 Report published


Following the success of the 2nd European Identity Conference (EIC) in April 2008, analyst firm and event organiser Kuppinger Cole (KCP) is pleased to announce that EIC 2009 will take place on May 5 – 8, 2009 in Munich/Germany.

EIC 2008 saw a 25% increase in visitor numbers over EIC 2007, with virtually all of the well-known names in identity management participating as speakers, panellists and exhibitors. EIC 2008 hosted more than 130 speakers, 40 best practice sessions and an evening ceremony which toasted Identity Management Awards winners in six categories plus two special awards.

Among them, in the category "Best Innovation", the European Identity Award went to a group of companies that are driving forward the process to outsource authentication and authorisation, making it easier to control application security from outside the network. There are several providers with different approaches in this field, but during the past year they all contributed to promote this concept that is considered by KCP as indispensable to making progress with the technical support. The winners in this category were Bitkoo, CA, iSM, Microsoft and Oracle.

“With a truly European look and feel to EIC, attracting interest from participants from 24 different countries, EIC 2009 looks set to be even bigger and better,” said Martin Kuppinger, founder and senior partner at KCP. “As well as covering topics such as GRC (Governance, Risk Management, Compliance) and user-centric identity management, EIC also focuses on the integration and interaction of identity management with SOA (Service Oriented Architectures).”

KCP has also released its Market Report GRC 2008 which, for the first time, gives a clear and consistent definition of the market for products which deal with Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance. This new product category integrates several existing products which address the overall GRC threats partially, like attestation, auditing, and role management solutions.

“GRC is the next step, building upon the solutions we see today and integrating them to act as the infrastructure to efficiently address the GRC threats every company is facing today,” said Martin Kuppinger. “We observe a clear trend towards a more common functionality of products which started at different edges and now are working on a more and more complete support of GRC requirements.”

The report is available for 165 Euro (plus VAT if applicable).

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About Kuppinger Cole

Kuppinger Cole (KCP) was founded in 2004 and has become the leading European analyst for all topics around digital identities and identity management as well as GRC. KCP stands for expertise, opinion leadership and an objective view on the enlarged identity management market. This includes topics like the classic Identity and Access Management (IaM), GRC (Governance, Risk Management, Compliance), Information Rights Management (IRM), Identity Risk Management, digital certification, cards and tokens, single sign-on, auditing, federation, user-centric identity management and Identity 2.0, as well as other fields. KCP currently is expanding its research scope into the fields of SOA, with special focus on SOA security, and BSM (Business Service Management).




About the EIC 2008 Awards

Kuppinger Cole & Partners’s EIC 2008 awards honoured outstanding Identity Management projects, innovation and further developments of standards, with six different award categories.

As well as best innovations in Identity Management and the best new or improved standards, prizes were given to the best projects in the following categories: internal projects, B2B, B2C and eGovernment.

KCP also awarded two special prizes this year, for ‘Best Innovation’ and ‘Best new/improved standard.’

In the category "Best Innovation", the European Identity Award went to a group of companies that are driving forward the process to outsource authentication and authorisation, making it easier to control application security from outside the network. There are several providers with different approaches in this field, but during the past year they all contributed to promote this concept that is considered by KCP as indispensable to making progress with the technical support. The winners in this category were Bitkoo, CA, iSM, Microsoft and Oracle.

Also among the finalists in the "Best Innovation" category were Aveksa and Sailpoint for their Identity Risk Management solutions. In addition, Microsoft was recognised for making a significant contribution to identity information protection in distributed environments by their takeover of Credentica and the planned integration of U-Prove technology into user-centric Identity Management.

In the "Best new/improved standard" category, the European Identity Award went to the OpenID Foundation and to Microsoft for their InfoCard initiative. These standards form the base for Identity 2.0, the so-called user-centric Identity Management.

Other outstanding solutions nominated as finalists were the eCard API Framework and the simpleSAMLphp project driven forward by Feide RnD. The eCard API Framework has been jointly developed by Secunet and the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (abbreviated BSI - in English: Federal Office for Security in Information Technology) to simplify the interaction of applications with different card technologies. With simpleSAMLphp, federation functions can easily be integrated into existing and new applications.

The Award for "Best internal Identity Management project" went to BASF for their AccessIT project, which realises Identity Management within a complex corporate structure and excels in consistent approaches to centralised auditing. Another finalist in this category was the Royal Bank of Scotland, with its project to control a multitude of applications by an integrated role-based access control.

Winner in the category "Best B2B Identity Management project" was Orange/France Telecom. Also among the finalists in this category were Endress+Hauser for their business customer portal and education network SurfNET which is at present one of the most comprehensive federation implementations.

In the category "Best B2C Identity Management project", the award went to eBay and Paypal which support strong authentication mechanisms, thus making a significant contribution to the protection of online transactions and creating more awareness on this issue among the wider public. Other finalists were Karlsruhe-based company Fun Communications for their innovative approach to the use of info cards as virtual customer cards, and KAS bank for their consistent use of strong authentication and encryption technologies to protect transactions.

The Republic of Austria received the prize in the "Best eGovernment Identity Management project" category for their eGovernment initiatives which are leading with regard to the implementation of Identity Management. Other finalists were Crossroads Bank, Smals and BAMF (the Bundesamt für Migration and Flüchtlinge, English: Federal Office for Migration and Refugees), for their outstanding Identity Management projects in eGovernment.

In addition, special prizes were given to two initiatives considered as groundbreaking by KCP. The VRM project by Doc Searls is an innovative approach that applies user-centric Identity Management concepts to customer management. In the VRM Unconference 2008 at the EIC 2008, this issue was intensely discussed in Europe for the first time. The second special prize went to open source projects Higgins and Bandit, an important open source initiative in Identity Management.

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