Burton Group

Burton Group

January 24, 2007 15:14 ET

Identity Control Issues Top Burton Group's 2007 IT Identity Management Trends

Analyst Firm Predicts Enterprise Organizations Will Continue to Grapple With User Access Control

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(CCNMatthews - January 24, 2007) - Burton Group, an IT research firm focused on technical analysis of enterprise infrastructure technologies, today released a research report that pinpoints the top trends in the IT identity management market affecting enterprises in 2007 and beyond. Topping this year's list is control of user access rights within the organization.

According to Mike Neuenschwander, research director for Burton Group's Identity and Privacy Strategies service, this issue is familiar to enterprise organizations, but regulatory drivers -- Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) requirements in particular -- have brought identity control optimization technologies, such as entitlement management, to the forefront.

"Defining and maintaining access rights continues to be a big pain point for our enterprise clients," says Neuenschwander. "Some products approach entitlement management from the audit perspective and some focus on defining and managing business and IT roles; it can be tricky and extremely expensive."

Burton Group notes that the majority of market activity will be focused on technologies specializing in data-mining tools for role definition. Startups and boutique vendors are more active in this space than major brands which could lead to acquisition activity. Other top identity management market trends pinpointed in the report include:

-- Identity in service-oriented architecture (SOA) environments --
Product support for IdM in SOA environments has been slow in coming, while
enterprises are moving forward with custom solutions. In 2007, vendors will
begin building frameworks for identity services.

-- Information Cards -- The market will finally have its chance to test
the theories and the hype behind the electronic information card. With the
appearance of Microsoft CardSpace (a component of Windows Vista), user-
centric identity technologies are moving off the discussion boards and into

-- Residual effects of last year's identity assurance push -- Several
events in 2006 brought significant attention to authentication
technologies, including the Federal Financial Institutions Examination
Council (FFIEC) guidance, and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive
12 (HSPD-12). In 2007, demand for stronger authentication will remain, but
tempered by palpable counter pressures.

Burton Group points out that while market activity will be strong in 2007, many societal issues have yet to receive adequate attention including age verification services, stronger identity fraud protection, and reuse of identity information in other Internet contexts, including the blogosphere, instant messaging, collaborative spaces, and across social networks.

A podcast about Burton Group identity management predictions is available at Burton Group Inflection Point, a complimentary resource that includes podcasts, blogs, and research. http://inflectionpoint.burtongroup.com

About Burton Group

Burton Group (www.burtongroup.com) helps technologists make smart enterprise architecture decisions in increasingly complex environments. Burton Group's research and advisory services focus on technical analysis of infrastructure technologies relating to security, identity management, web services, service-oriented architecture, collaboration, content management, and network and telecom.

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