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Heard at KuppingerCole European Cloud and Identity Conference 2022

Heard at KuppingerCole European Cloud and Identity Conference 2022
Written by ga_dahmani
Heard at KuppingerCole European Cloud and Identity Conference 2022

Heard at KuppingerCole European Cloud and Identity Conference 2022
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Tue, 07/12/2022 – 17:41

A change of focus: identify the driver, composable company

IT teams must ensure that the products and services that are created are secure, reliable, and available. Cybersecurity and identity today are at the forefront of digital business, with identity being an enabler and zero-trust cybersecurity acting as the foundation for secure delivery.

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As Martin Kuppinger pointed out in his opening speech, now new topics are emerging. “Decentralized technologies” like Blockchain and “composable company” in the form of orchestration, APIs and business processes. Organizations can leverage identity, security, and decentralized technologies in a composable enterprise framework (where an organization moves away from single, large applications and leverages the API economicshow to explain here).

Identities are the engine behind all evolving business models, said Anil Bhandari of ARCON TechSolutions. Identities are enablers of growth, efficiency, and an enhanced digital experience.

decentralized technologies

The promise of an economy based on decentralized technologies puts the user at the center of everything: business transactions, proprietary information, and any type of data that represents humans or machines through credentials and tokens. Decentralized technologies also enable a world without intermediaries where people interact directly with any type of institution or person: to buy shares, consume content, buy an apartment or a vehicle, lend money or gain access to a service.

The decentralized economy has attracted an unprecedented level of innovation and creativity. For example, over 200,000 developers are writing code on Ethereum, making it the fastest growing distributed ledger right now. We are witnessing a growing number of startups disrupting traditional business models in the financial industry and beyond. But we also see the growing risk associated with this dramatic technological and economic change.

Crypto Scams Hit Decentralized Systems Hard

Crypto scams and fake digital wallets destroy both the credibility of decentralized initiatives and “traditional” security. The damage caused by breaches exploiting such weaknesses can be significantly higher in decentralized systems than anywhere else.

To ensure the decentralized future of companies, we need:

  • Understand the basics of a composable enterprise
  • Use decentralized identities (also known as Self-Sovereign Identity) as the core element of a secure, user-centric world
  • Create, manage and license digital assets on Web 3.0 through new standards, protocols and technologies such as interplanetary file system (IPFS)
Identity and privacy

Perhaps the most intriguing speech was the one delivered by Dr. Emilio MordiniPresident of the Ethics Committee of the European Association of Biometrics.

Privacy is often confused with the protection of personal data. “The confusion between privacy and protection of personal data has generated a technical conception of privacy, framed in terms of risk management and technical capacity to protect or penetrate the private sphere (information)”, argued Dr. Mordini. Therefore, most privacy issues have become issues related to varying degrees of anonymity and data ownership.

However, there is a clear difference: personal data is an economic asset. Privacy is about individuality.

In other words, we are confusing money with people. “Privacy is the integrity of our identities in relation to other people and our social context.” Personal identity means that each person is unique. Dr. Emilio Mordini concluded that “Privacy, Identity and Dignity are thus the three facets of the same prism. To protect one of them, you must protect them all.”

the European Identity and Cloud Conference 2023 will take place in Berlin, from May 9 to 12, 2023.

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