Andrew Young is VP of Authentication for SafeNet and is responsible for setting go to market strategies and technical requirements for the companies authentication product line. A while back he wrote a blog post highlighting “some ideas and predictions on where the Identity and Access Management (IAM) market is heading during Gatner’s Identity and Access Management Summit keynote address in Los Angeles. Top on the list:
- Every user is a consumer, and the way we access systems is consumer-like –especially in the mobile era. “Gartner predicts that by 2020, 80% of access will be shaped by non-PC architectures – up from 5% today. It’s time to move on, and stop trying to make mobile devices look like corporate PC’s.”
- The IAM space is becoming a competitive marketplace for identities. “By 2020, 60% of digital identities interacting with the enterprise will come from external identity providers through a competitive marketplace – up from less than 10% today.”
- The death of the “least privileged”. “By 2020, over 80% of enterprise will allow unrestricted access to non-critical assets up from 5% today reducing IAM spend by 25%. To this end, organizations are better off focusing IAM spend on high-value data, and applying baseline security to everything else.”
- Legacy pricing models will implode: “By end of 2020, overall IAM products and services pricing will drop by 40% relative to today in real terms. We’ll see new ways of addressing the same issue, with new competitive players. We’ll see a change in delivery models. Also, pricing will move from user-based to transaction-based.”
- It’s not who you are, but what you do and how you do it. Multitude of devices, applications, and identities bring more attributes and multi-dimensional context to access control. By 2020, 70% of all businesses will use attribute based access control (ABAC) as the dominant mechanism to protect critical assets, up from 5% today.
- Identity intelligence finally gets a brain: “By 2020, identity analytical and intelligence (IAI) tools will deliver direct business value in 60% of enterprises up from less than 5% today. This will include logging and log management, behavioral attributes about who is accessing what and “identity nodes” around users and administrators.”
- Managing identities will include the internet of things. “By 2020, the internet of things will redefine the concept of “identity management” to include what people own, share, and use.”
In his post, Mr. Young also offers SafeNet’s perspective on each of these predictions. Certainly worth a further look as practical food for thought.
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