Identity is the foundation for everything we do

Sarbanes Oxley is bring blossoming business opportunities not only to the big 4 accounting firms, but also to a lot of software vendors, Among those technologies and products involved in SOX compliance programs, identity management is the focal point that a lot of giant vendors fight for, Microsoft, IBM, CA, BMC, HP, Oracle, Novell, Sun and …. I am very happy to see the following diagram:

GM Director of software

where John Jackson from GM said "Identity is the foundation for everything we do".

"Ten years ago, the prevailing assumption was that if you were on the GM network, then you were a GM employee," says Jackson, who is on the board of the Liberty Alliance, a consortium developing protocols for sharing identities.

"Today, we have dealers and suppliers [on the network] that are not a part of GM. Add the fact that we are completely outsourced, and it becomes critical to track who you are and what rights you have so we can make sure that people only get to the information they are allowed to get to. Identity is the foundation for everything we do," he adds.

So important is this that GM has a 12-person identity group within the security team. The group continues to consolidate internal directories while expanding its identity federation deployment and building out virtual directories and SSO capabilities.

Users and analysts agree that identity is seeping into corporate infrastructure.

"In five years, what we talk about today as identity and access management will just be another part of the infrastructure, and it won't be sold separately. It will be part of your security foundation," says Sally Hudson, a security research manager at IDC.

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