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Everywhere in the world information fraud is on the rise driving banks, businesses and online merchants to renew their focus on identity and access management (IAM) during 2008. Here are five IAM trends to anticipate for the coming year.

1. User Centric ID Management - More Control of Who Goes Where in the Network

No longer focused purely on the perimeter and keeping people out, security and IT departments will become more focused on controlling who is accessing what information in the network. This will lead to more detailed IAM policies and a more stringent focus on user centric identity validation. A shift will take place toward looking not just at a valid user name and password, but also whether they have additional online credentials that prove that they are the actual owner of the online account or have the right to access the online portal.

In parallel, validation will move beyond just perimeter control. It will go on to control what specific information users can access. To achieve these policy goals, strong authentication will become even more tightly integrated with the network security infrastructure and part of a consolidated identity and access management solution as companies act on what they already know--that single factor, password-based access control is outdated.

2. Consolidation of Point IAM Solutions with SOA Models

Many organizations are running multiple solutions for authentication, password management, identity and access management. This can expose enterprises to fraud and information leakage, with fraudsters targeting the weakest link in the solutions suite. Many of these companies will want to reduce the risk of fraud and information leakage by consolidating these systems into an overarching service-oriented architecture, which will also make management of identity and access policies easier. Analysts recognize the importance of identity validation services as being essential for fighting fraud and building online reputations.


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