What’s new in Identity? September 2017

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Here is a quick run down of some of the latest news and blog updates from around the Identity Universe. There is a bunch of interesting news, from ForgeRock snagging $88 million in new funding to the concept of blockchain identity for refugees being floated in the EU. We also have a few new blog posts our list of Top Identity & Access Bloggers (and Organisations) including a great post from Guillaume Noé around privacy in public places.


Identity management startup ForgeRock snags $88 million Series D

Used to be when we thought about identity as it relates to computers and software, it involved a person logging into an application or service. Increasingly though, you also have machines and sensors attempting to authenticate as they access your systems. That creates complications for identity management vendors because instead of managing thousands or tens of thousands of identities, it could require scaling to millions or even hundreds of millions logons.

Okta Partners With Palo Alto Networks to Integrate Identity Mgmt With Cybersecurity

Okta will integrate its cloud-based user identity management platform with a Palo Alto Networks security tool with the goal to bolster network, cloud and endpoint security. The Okta Identity Cloud integration with Palo Alto’s Next-Generation Security Platform is designed to enable automated monitoring, analysis and response in efforts to strengthen cybersecurity, Okta announced Wednesday.

EU Politician Pushes Parliament to Test Blockchain Identity for Refugees – CoinDesk

A blockchain task force within the European Parliament wants to explore how the technology could be used to provide digital identities to refugees, public documents suggest. Amendments for the European Union’s 2018 budget, published on August 29, include one related to a task force first approved last year by EU lawmakers.

China Outlaws ICOs: Financial Regulators Order Halt on Token Trading – CoinDesk

China has officially outlawed ICOs. In a joint statement issued by seven financial regulators today, the world’s most populous nation outlined why it believes that nascent fundraising mechanism is illegal under domestic law. Authorities backing the statement include the People’s Bank of China, the Central Network Office, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, the China Banking Regulatory Commission.

China web users debate new rules on online identity – BBC News

Chinese social media users have been debating new rules requiring internet platforms to verify a user’s true identity before letting them post online content. The new rules were issued on 25 August by the Cyberspace Administration of China. They will take effect on 1 October.


From our Top Identity & Access Bloggers (and Organisations):

Awkward Privacy Snap

I felt guilty of privacy intrusion today. It was awkward. I was challenged on the train in Sydney and I was left with a few thoughts on privacy. I sat on the train in the middle of two passengers. On my right, a lady was simply looking around.

Open a Socket!

I hit this problem while working with Azure AD Connect at a customer earlier this week. The situation was that AAD Connect had already been configured with Pass-Through Authentication, which was working as expected. The next step was to enable Seamless Single Sign-On, but this failed with the following: ‘Failed to create single sign-on secret for True’.

OUD 11gR2PS3 BP09 has some issues…

So it looks like the Oracle Unified Directory 11gR2 PS3 Bundle Patch 9 has a couple issues that could have serious consequences: 1. Any users that have UTF-8 special characters in the DN become unsearchable. So if you have cn=L é on,ou=users,dc=corp,dc=com (notice the é in there with the accent mark), and run a search on it, it’ll come back with a fat 0.


Is Cybersecurity A Second Coming For AI? | SailPoint

Artificial intelligence (AI) is all over the technology headlines lately. It seems to be the latest buzzword to take hold, yet the question remains: Will this be a quick fad, or are we actually seeing the second coming of AI? Most recently, there has been a heavy surge of artificial intelligence thinking applied to cybersecurity.

Joshua Jager

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