Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Network Security

7/2/2019
06:13 PM
Larry Loeb
Larry Loeb
Larry Loeb
50%
50%

Identity Can't Recognize Itself

Identity management needs to be 'frictionless' if it is going to gain users.

Identity management needs to be "frictionless" if it is going to gain users. It can't unacceptably intrude upon the user while they are using it. Think of a Slack channel, for example. Once a user has been registered, Slack knows a user and can change their permissions on the fly without interaction from them.

But that comes at a price for the channel's manager. Let's say a user has been added to a mobile Slack channel and then quits the enterprise. It will take 30 days to stop the departee's access to that channel. The tools that are needed by managers are not available to them right now, and the enterprise is paying the price.

There are so many fragmented parts to identity at the moment, It's easy to see the barriers to identity use. Vendors are selling parts of a solution (usually proprietary to boot), but the market wants more comprehensive ones.

Standards are a way to try and herd the security cats into a functional area. By creating an implementable standard, groups are enabled to function together.

Kim Cameron of Microsoft has been dealing with identity and the standards around them for a decade. He told an Identiverse panel audience that standards have "standards gas" around them that causes the author to ignore other standards and think that their standard is the most important.

A true standard, in his opinion, is one that unites all participants and makes their overall job easier. But as for a standard for identity, there has to be core agreement on the basis constituent. Richard Bird, CCIO of Ping Identity, thinks he has an idea about where a real-life identity standard will come from. In fact, he told Security Now that the basis is already here.

He pulled out his driver's license and said, "I'm under the RealID construct. The Feds were really, really sneaky starting in 2009. It has multiple forms of authentication, it's chipped and it has QR codes."

He continued, "The Federal Government has said if you as a state do not use this required framework then your citizens will not be able to travel in an airplane after October 2020. I was talking to the US CISO at the show, and he said that the US Government is not advocating for a national identity, it's advocating for a universally recognized national identity."

"This all fits in with identity being the core of security, which many companies are realizing it's not about firewalls anymore." What we accept as an identity in the digital realm has to evolve, much as our computer use has evolved. However it comes about, there are many economic interests that want to see a digital identity become a useful tool in the quiver of security.

— Larry Loeb has written for many of the last century's major "dead tree" computer magazines, having been, among other things, a consulting editor for BYTE magazine and senior editor for the launch of WebWeek.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Edge-DRsplash-10-edge-articles
I Smell a RAT! New Cybersecurity Threats for the Crypto Industry
David Trepp, Partner, IT Assurance with accounting and advisory firm BPM LLP,  7/9/2021
News
Attacks on Kaseya Servers Led to Ransomware in Less Than 2 Hours
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  7/7/2021
Commentary
It's in the Game (but It Shouldn't Be)
Tal Memran, Cybersecurity Expert, CYE,  7/9/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
The State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
In this report learn how enterprises are building their incident response teams and processes, how they research potential compromises, how they respond to new breaches, and what tools and processes they use to remediate problems and improve their cyber defenses for the future.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-36239
PUBLISHED: 2021-07-29
Jira Data Center, Jira Core Data Center, Jira Software Data Center from version 6.3.0 before 8.5.16, from 8.6.0 before 8.13.8, from 8.14.0 before 8.17.0 and Jira Service Management Data Center from version 2.0.2 before 4.5.16, from version 4.6.0 before 4.13.8, and from version 4.14.0 before 4.17.0 e...
CVE-2021-37578
PUBLISHED: 2021-07-29
Apache jUDDI uses several classes related to Java's Remote Method Invocation (RMI) which (as an extension to UDDI) provides an alternate transport for accessing UDDI services. RMI uses the default Java serialization mechanism to pass parameters in RMI invocations. A remote attacker can send a malic...
CVE-2021-23416
PUBLISHED: 2021-07-28
This affects all versions of package curly-bracket-parser. When used as a template library, it does not properly sanitize the user input.
CVE-2021-23417
PUBLISHED: 2021-07-28
All versions of package deepmergefn are vulnerable to Prototype Pollution via deepMerge function.
CVE-2021-23415
PUBLISHED: 2021-07-28
This affects the package elFinder.AspNet before 1.1.1. The user-controlled file name is not properly sanitized before it is used to create a file system path.