The Open Group’s Security Practitioners Conference to Explore Future of ‘Identity in the Clouds’

March 23, 2009

Additional Sessions will Focus on Web 2.0 Security, Bio Identity and Authentication

SAN FRANCISCO, March 23 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced the plenary agenda and preliminary speaker lineup for its 2nd Security Practitioners Conference (SPC), to be held in London on April 27, 2009 at the Central Hall Westminster. The SPC will be co-located with the 22nd Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference and features executive speakers and analysts who will discuss emerging security issues facing global companies, with a primary focus on identity and access management, Web 2.0 and cloud computing.

The Open Group SPC is designed for industry leaders to share experiences and create best practices for the future of information security. The morning plenary sessions will feature a keynote presentation by Adrian Seccombe, CISO of Eli Lilly, entitled “The Future of Identity in the Clouds – a ProSumer’s Perspective.” Other morning presentations will include a discussion on “Order through KAoS: Simplifying Support for Identification and Access Control” by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, and a case study on ISO 27001 Information Security Management System implementation and certification experience, presented by Tim Holman, QCC Interscan.

“The inaugural SPC in January provided a much-needed opportunity to discuss both the challenges and opportunities of securing cloud computing services,” said Jim Hietala, vice president of Security, The Open Group. “We look forward to building on the success of San Diego and continuing the discussion so that we can better understand organizations’ needs for maintaining information flow by developing open information security standards.”

The afternoon will be comprised of two focus sessions, the first on Web 2.0 security threats and enterprise adoption issues, and the second on identity management in the cloud. The Web 2.0 Security and Enterprise Adoption session will explore issues and use cases through a panel discussion and presentations on “Security for Web 2.0″ by Mark O’Neill of Vordel and “Clouds forecast – doing business beyond the perimeter” by Andrew Yeomans, Jericho Forum Board of Managers.

“Identity in the Cloud” will be the focus of the conference’s second afternoon session. This session will feature two presentations and a panel discussion. The first presentation will be from Stuart Boardman, CGI, on “Identity in the Cloud: The Issues”, while the second one will be on “User Requirements: The Future of Identity in the Cloud: Requirements, Risks and Opportunities” by Marco Casassa Mont, HP Labs UK. The afternoon will conclude with a panel discussion exploring the far-reaching challenges of identity in the cloud, including ensuring that identities are kept secure and that there is coordination of identity information between the various cloud services and between enterprise identity stores and cloud services.

Registration, Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Registration is open to both members and non-members of The Open Group. For more information, or to register for the conference in London, please visit: http://opengroup.org/london2009-spc/. Registration is free for members of the press and industry analysts.

The Open Group also offers various sponsorship and exhibit opportunities. For more information, please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/london2009-spc/sponsor-exhibit.htm.

About The Open Group

The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow(TM) that will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to operate the industry’s premier certification service. Further information on The Open Group can be found at http://www.opengroup.org.

Note to Editors: Boundaryless Information Flow and TOGAF are trademarks of The Open Group.

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