Earlier this month, we officially announced our partnership with SailPoint. In brief, Axiomatics will extend SailPoint’s identity management solutions by adding the richness of Axiomatics’ run time authorization rules to the dynamic policies already managed in the IdentityIQ platform. Axiomatics’ authorization solutions will also be able to leverage authoritative user data and context from IdentityIQ, which will improve the accuracy of access control decisions.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend SailPoint’s Navigate conference in Austin, Texas. This was the first of three such conferences happening this year, followed by Amsterdam and Sydney, Australia. This is the fifth year Sailpoint has brought together customers and partners focused on making good use of their technology investments. Like many vendor-specific conferences, this event was focused mainly on one specific set of technology (identity and access management).
The first day of the event kicked off with technical education sessions. After that was the opening reception held in the main expo hall, which is where our booth was located. Featuring what was easily some of the best conference food I’ve ever had, Austin is known for their BBQ after all, this was a great opportunity to get introduced to the people we’d be spending the next few days with.
The next day started with a welcome session and introduction from several of SailPoint’s top executives. They recapped a great year since the last conference, and also spent some time on what would be coming in the coming year. There was also a very well received take by their CEO, Mark McClain, who stressed the company’s commitment to their customers and core values. Encapsulated in a simple mantra of “The Four I’s”: Innovation, Integrity, Impact, and Individuals. After several days with a large team from SailPoint, I can easily say that those principles are something the company truly supports throughout the organization.
Wednesday’s keynote address was delivered by the always enlightening security blogger, Brian Krebs, who recommended that the audience should “Challenge Your Security Assumptions”. While he was there to support the efforts of a vendor, he made it very clear that security tools mean nothing without vigilant people to plan and react. As someone whose daily life is affected by security, and the cyber-criminals behind some of the worst attacks on the planet, Mr. Krebs also made it very clear that we should all be as concerned about the effects.
Following the morning keynotes, a series of breakout sessions detailed specific products and services. Most interesting to me were the sessions with specific customers detailing their SailPoint-centric strategy and implementations. As a vendor focused on moving customers away from RBAC-only access control, it was interesting to hear the team at Humana talk about their still-ongoing four year project to implement RBAC. With Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC), we normally see a much shorter timeline in terms of implementation.
All in all, Navigate was an excellent conference. I invite you to check out more on the Axiomatics + SailPoint partnership in our press room.