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Connected Identity : Benefits, Risks & Challenges

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Connected business is a very dynamic and complex environment. Your desire is to reach out to your customers, partners, distributors and suppliers and create more and more business interactions and activities, that will generate more revenue. The goal here is not just integrate technological silos, in your enterprise – but also make your business more accessible and reactive. The ability to propagate identities across borders in a protocol-agnostic manner is a core ingredient in producing a connected business environment.

SAML, OpenID, OpenID Connect, WS-Federation all support identity federation – cross domain authentication. But, can we always expect all the parties in a connected environment to support SAML, OpenID or OpenID Connect ? Most of the federation systems we see today are in silos. It can be a silo of SAML federation, a silo of OpenID Connect federation or a silo of OpenID federation.

Even in a given federation silo how do you scale with increasing number of service providers and identity providers? Each service provider has to trust each identity provider and this leads into the Spaghetti Identity anti-pattern.

Federation Silos and Spaghetti Identity are two anti-patterns that needs to be addressed in a connected environment.

This talk will present benefits, risks and challenges in a connected identity environment

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Connected Identity : Benefits, Risks & Challenges

  1. 1. Prabath Siriwardena, Director Security Architecture, WSO2 Connected Identity: Benefits, Risks & Challenges
  2. 2. The global Internet economy is somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 trillion US dollars
  3. 3. By 2016, almost half the world’s population - about 3 billion people - will use the internet
  4. 4. During 2008, the number of things connected to Internet exceeded the number of people on earth
  5. 5. Over 12.5 billion devices were connected to the Internet in 2012
  6. 6. 25 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2015
  7. 7. 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020
  8. 8. In U.S only, mergers and acquisitions volume totaled to $865.1 billion in the first nine months of 2013, according to Dealogic
  9. 9. In Europe 58 percent transact directly with users from other businesses and/or consumers
  10. 10. In UK 65 percent transact directly with users from other businesses and/or consumers
  11. 11. By 2020, 60% of all digital identities interacting with enterprises will come from external IdPs
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