Michael Bissell

Michael Bissell
As Director of Customer Enablement at Cloudentity, Michael provides insights and thought leadership for the complex world of Identity and Security from localhost, legacy systems, SaaS, PaaS and beyond.
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Your Ever-Changing Identity: Why You Need a Dynamic Identity Strategy

Posted by Michael Bissell on Jun 21, 2018 11:04:29 AM

We tend to think of “Identity” as a static thing. I’m “me” and I can prove it! Only my “identity” is extremely fluid. Identity, in the IAM world of Identity Access Management, isn’t just me proving I’m Michael Bissell, but it’s me proving that I’m allowed to do things, and therein lies the challenge.

To be honest, most companies still use their IdP (Identity Provider) as a way to login with AuthN, plain old Authentication. They think they’re doing AuthZ (Authorization), but in reality, you have a fractured Identity strategy any time you have a system that has to make a second call to a database after I log in, just to figure out what I get to do.

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Topics: Identity, IAM

Identity and Security Starts at Home

Posted by Michael Bissell on Jun 14, 2018 12:03:44 PM

 

 

I started my career back in the days when we hosted servers in the basement of the office. At the time, we never really thought much about security until we deployed the code (which pretty much meant FTPing a bunch of files to a server). Security was handled at the router first – block malicious traffic from getting in the door. Then we locked down the firewall on the server itself (no, you can’t telnet from outside the building).

Skip forward 15-20 years. We like to think in the days of solid development cycles and continuous integration/continuous deployment we have this whole security thing nailed. But to be honest, we, as an industry, still pretty much treat security as the thing you do in Production. We treat our dev boxes an awfully lot like my team treated servers back in the day – it’s okay, it’s inside the firewall.

Only it’s not okay.

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Topics: IAM, Identity

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