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  • Oracle presentations at the CIPS ICE Conference, November 5 - 7, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Oracle will be presenting at the CIPS ICE conference the last week of October in Calgary and the first week of November in Edmonton. Here is a list of the presentations for Edmonton: SHAW Conference Centre • Session Title: Identity and Access Management Integrated; Analyzing the Platform vs Point Solution Approach • Speaker: Darin Pendergraft • Monday, November 5th @ 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM • Session Title: Is Your IT Security Strategy Putting Your Institution at Risk? • Speaker: Spiros Angelopoulos • Monday, November 5th @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM Three sessions under the TRAIN: Practical Knowledge Track • Monday, November 5th @ 10:45 AM, 1:45 PM, 3:30 PM • Title: What's new in the Java Platform   Presenter: Donald Smith • Title: Java Enterprise Edition 6   Presenter: Shaun Smith • Title: The Road Ahead for Java SE, JavaFX and Java EE    Presenters: Donald Smith and Shaun Smith To learn more about the conference, and to see the other sessions go to the conference website.

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  • ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for November 21, 2012

    - by Bob Rhubart
    Fault Handling and Prevention - Part 1 | Guido Schmutz and Ronald van Luttikhuizen In this technical article, part one of a four part series, Oracle ACE Directors Guido Schmutz and Ronald van Luttikhuizen guide you through an introduction to fault handling in a service-oriented environment using Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Service Bus. One Stop Shop for Oracle Webcasts Webcasts can be a great way to get information about Oracle products without having to go cross-eyed reading yet another document off your computer screen. Oracle's new Webcast Center offers selectable filtering to make it easy to get to the information you want. Yes, you have to register to gain access, but that process is quick, and with over 200 webcasts to choose from you know you'll find useful content. Oracle on Oracle: Is that all? (Identity Management)| Darin Pendergraft Darin Pendergraft shares a discussion with Jaime Cardoso aboutthe latter's experience with Oracle's IDM products. What's particularly interesting is that the discussion grew out of Jaime's highly critical comment that Darin missed important pointsabout those products in an earlier interview Chirag Andani. If that ain't social engagement, I don't know what is. I.T. Chargeback : Core to Cloud Computing | Zero to Cloud "While chargeback has existed as a concept for many years (especially in mainframe environments), it is the move to this self-service model that has created a need for a new breed of chargeback applications for cloud," says Mark McGill. "Enabling self-service without some form of chargeback is like opening a shop where all of the goods are free." New Self-paced Online Oracle BPM 11g Developer Training | Dan Atwood Oracle ACE Dan Atwood of Avio Consulting shares a lot of information about a new Oracle BPM 11g Developer Workshop. JPA SQL and Fetching tuning ( EclipseLink ) | Edwin Biemond Oracle ACE Edwin Biemond's post illustrates how to "use the department and employee entity of the HR Oracle demo schema to explain the JPA options you have to control the SQL statements and the JPA relation Fetching." Thought for the Day "Team development is like a birthday cake. Everybody gets a piece." — Assaad Chalhoub Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

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  • Oracle on Oracle: Is that all?

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    On October 17th, I posted a short blog and a podcast interview with Chirag Andani, talking about how Oracle IT uses its own IDM products. Blog link here. In response, I received a comment from reader Jaime Cardoso ([email protected]) who posted: “- You could have talked about how by deploying Oracle's Open standards base technology you were able to integrate any new system in your infrastructure in days. - You could have talked about how by deploying federation you were enabling the business side to keep all their options open in terms of companies to buy and sell while maintaining perfect employee and customer's single view. - You could have talked about how you are now able to cut response times to your audit and security teams into 1/10th of your former times Instead you spent 6 minutes talking about single sign on and self provisioning? If I didn't knew your IDM offer so well I would now be wondering what its differences from Microsoft's offer was. Sorry for not giving a positive comment here but, please your IDM suite is very good and, you simply aren't promoting it well enough” So I decided to send Jaime a note asking him about his experience, and to get his perspective on what makes the Oracle products great. What I found out is that Jaime is a very experienced IDM Architect with several major projects under his belt. Darin Pendergraft: Can you tell me a bit about your experience? How long have you worked in IT, and what is your IDM experience? Jaime Cardoso: I started working in "serious" IT in 1998 when I became Netscape's technical specialist in Portugal. Netscape Portugal didn't exist so, I was working for their VAR here. Most of my work at the time was with Netscape's mail server and LDAP server. Since that time I've been bouncing between the system's side like Sun resellers, Solaris stuff and even worked with Sun's Engineering in the making of an Hierarchical Storage Product (Sun CIS if you know it) and the application's side, mostly in LDAP and IDM. Over the years I've been doing support, service delivery and pre-sales / architecture design of IDM solutions in most big customers in Portugal, to name a few projects: - The first European deployment of Sun Access Manager (SAPO – Portugal Telecom) - The identity repository of 5/5 of the Biggest Portuguese banks - The Portuguese government federation of services project DP: OK, in your blog response, you mentioned 3 topics: 1. Using Oracle's standards based architecture; (you) were able to integrate any new system in days: can you give an example? What systems, how long did it take, number of apps/users/accounts/roles etc. JC: It's relatively easy to design a user management strategy for a static environment, or if you simply assume that you're an <insert vendor here> shop and all your systems will bow to that vendor's will. We've all seen that path, the use of proprietary technologies in interoperability solutions but, then reality kicks in. As an ISP I recall that I made the technical decision to use Active Directory as a central authentication system for the entire IT infrastructure. Clients, systems, apps, everything was there. As a good part of the systems and apps were running on UNIX, then a connector became needed in order to have UNIX boxes to authenticate against AD. And, that strategy worked but, each new machine required the component to be installed, monitoring had to be made for that component and each new app had to be independently certified. A self care user portal was an ongoing project, AD access assumes the client is inside the domain, something the ISP's customers (and UNIX boxes) weren't nor had any intention of ever being. When the Windows 2008 rollout was done, Microsoft changed the Active Directory interface. The Windows administrators didn't have enough know-how about directories and the way systems outside the MS world behaved so, on the go live, things weren't properly tested and a general outage followed. Several hours and 1 roll back later, everything was back working. But, the ISP still had to change all of its applications to work with the new access methods and reset the effort spent on the self service user portal. To keep with the same strategy, they would also have to trust Microsoft not to change interfaces again. Simply by putting up an Oracle LDAP server in the middle and replicating the user info from the AD into LDAP, most of the problems went away. Even systems for which no AD connector existed had PAM in them so, integration was made at the OS level, fully supported by the OS supplier. Sun Identity Manager already had a self care portal, combined with a user workflow so, all the clearances had to be given before the account was created or updated. Adding a new system as a client for these authentication services was simply a new checkbox in the OS installer and, even True64 systems were, for the first time integrated also with a 5 minute work of a junior system admin. True, all the windows clients and MS apps still went to the AD for their authentication needs so, from the start everybody knew that they weren't 100% free of migration pains but, now they had a single point of problems to look at. If you're looking for numbers: - 500K directory entries (users) - 2-300 systems After the initial setup, I personally integrated about 20 systems / apps against LDAP in 1 day while being watched by the different IT teams. The internal IT staff did the rest. DP: 2. Using Federation allows the business to keep options open for buying and selling companies, and yet maintain a single view for both employee and customer. What do you mean by this? Can you give an example? JC: The market is dynamic. The company that's being bought today tomorrow will be sold again. Companies that spread on different markets may see the regulator forcing a sale of part of a company due to monopoly reasons and companies that are in multiple countries have to comply with different legislations. Our job, as IT architects, while addressing the customers and employees authentication services, is quite hard and, quite contrary. On one hand, we need to give access to all of our employees to the relevant systems, apps and resources and, we already have marketing talking with us trying to find out who's a customer of the bough company but not from ours to address. On the other hand, we have to do that and keep in mind we may have to break up all that effort and that different countries legislation may became a problem with a full integration plan. That's a job for user Federation. you don't want to be the one who's telling your President that he will sell that business unit without it's customer's database (making the deal worth a lot less) or that the buyer will take with him a copy of your entire customer's database. Federation enables you to start controlling permissions to users outside of your traditional authentication realm. So what if the people of that company you just bought are keeping their old logins? Do you want, because of that, to have a dedicated system for their expenses reports? And do you want to keep their sales (and pre-sales) people out of the loop in terms of your group's path? Control the information flow, establish a Federation trust circle and give access to your apps to users that haven't (yet?) been brought into your internal login systems. You can still see your users in a unified view, you obviously control if a user has access to any particular application, either that user is in your local database or stored in a directory on the other side of the world. DP: 3. Cut response times of audit and security teams to 1/10. Is this a real number? Can you give an example? JC: No, I don't have any backing for this number. One of the companies I did system Administration for has a SOX compliance policy in place (I remind you that I live in Portugal so, this definition of SOX may be somewhat different from what you're used to) and, every time the audit team says they'll do another audit, we have to negotiate with them the size of the sample and we spend about 15 man/days gathering all the required info they ask. I did some work with Sun's Identity auditor and, from what I've been seeing, Oracle's product is even better and, I've seen that most of the information they ask would have been provided in a few hours with the help of this tool. I do stand by what I said here but, to be honest, someone from Identity Auditor team would do a much better job than me explaining this time savings. Jaime is right: the Oracle IDM products have a lot of business value, and Oracle IT is using them for a lot more than I was able to cover in the short podcast that I posted. I want to thank Jaime for his comments and perspective. We want these blog posts to be informative and honest – so if you have feedback for the Oracle IDM team on any topic discussed here, please post your comments below.

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  • SIM to OIM Migration: A How-to Guide to Avoid Costly Mistakes (SDG Corporation)

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    In the fall of 2012, Oracle launched a major upgrade to its IDM portfolio: the 11gR2 release.  11gR2 had four major focus areas: More simplified and customizable user experience Support for cloud, mobile, and social applications Extreme scalability Clear upgrade path For SUN migration customers, it is critical to develop and execute a clearly defined plan prior to beginning this process.  The plan should include initiation and discovery, assessment and analysis, future state architecture, review and collaboration, and gap analysis.  To help better understand your upgrade choices, SDG, an Oracle partner has developed a series of three whitepapers focused on SUN Identity Manager (SIM) to Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) migration. In the second of this series on SUN Identity Manager (SIM) to Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) migration, Santosh Kumar Singh from SDG  discusses the proper steps that should be taken during the planning-to-post implementation phases to ensure a smooth transition from SIM to OIM. Read the whitepaper for Part 2: Download Part 2 from SDGC.com In the last of this series of white papers, Santosh will talk about Identity and Access Management best practices and how these need to be considered when going through with an OIM migration. If you have not taken the opportunity, please read the first in this series which discusses the Migration Approach, Methodology, and Tools for you to consider when planning a migration from SIM to OIM. Read the white paper for part 1: Download Part 1 from SDGC.com About the Author: Santosh Kumar Singh Identity and Access Management (IAM) Practice Leader Santosh, in his capacity as SDG Identity and Access Management (IAM) Practice Leader, has direct senior management responsibility for the firm's strategy, planning, competency building, and engagement deliverance for this Practice. He brings over 12+ years of extensive IT, business, and project management and delivery experience, primarily within enterprise directory, single sign-on (SSO) application, and federated identity services, provisioning solutions, role and password management, and security audit and enterprise blueprint. Santosh possesses strong architecture and implementation expertise in all areas within these technologies and has repeatedly lead teams in successfully deploying complex technical solutions. About SDG: SDG Corporation empowers forward thinking companies to strategize their future, realize their vision, and minimize their IT risk. SDG distinguishes itself by offering flexible business models to fit their clients’ needs; faster time-to-market with its pre-built solutions and frameworks; a broad-based foundation of domain experts, and deep program management expertise. (www.sdgc.com)

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  • The Importance of a Security Assessment - by Michael Terra, Oracle

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Today's Blog was written by Michael Terra, who was the Subject Matter Expert for the recently announced Oracle Online Security Assessment. You can take the Online Assessment here: Take the Online Assessment Over the past decade, IT Security has become a recognized and respected Business discipline.  Several factors have contributed to IT Security becoming a core business and organizational enabler including, but not limited to, increased external threats and increased regulatory pressure. Security is also viewed as a key enabler for strategic corporate activities such as mergers and acquisitions.Now, the challenge for senior security professionals is to develop an ongoing dialogue within their organizations about the importance of information security and how it can impact their organization's strategic objectives/mission. The importance of conducting regular “Security Assessments” across the IT and physical infrastructure has become increasingly important. Security standards and frameworks, such as the international standard ISO 27001, are increasingly being adopted by organizations and their business partners as proof of their security posture and “Security Assessments” are a great way to ensure a continued alignment to these frameworks.Oracle offers a number of different security assessment covering a broad range of technologies. Some of these are short engagements conducted for free with our strategic customers and partners. Others are longer term paid engagements delivered by Oracle Consulting Services or one of our partners. The goal of a security assessment, (also known as a security audit or security review), is to ensure that necessary security controls are integrated into the design and implementation of a project, application or technology.  A properly completed security assessment should provide documentation outlining any security gaps that exist in an infrastructure and the associated risks for those gaps. With that knowledge, an organization can choose to either mitigate, transfer, avoid or accept the risk. One example of an Oracle offering is a Security Readiness Assessment:The Oracle Security Readiness Assessment is a practical security architecture review focused on aligning an organization’s enterprise security architecture to their business principals and strategic objectives. The service will establish a multi-phase security architecture roadmap focused on supporting new and existing business initiatives.Offering OverviewThe Security Readiness Assessment will: Define an organization’s current security posture and provide a roadmap to a desired future state architecture by mapping  security solutions to business goals Incorporate commonly accepted security architecture concepts to streamline an organization’s security vision from strategy to implementation Define the people, process and technology implications of the desired future state architecture The objective is to deliver cohesive, best practice security architectures spanning multiple domains that are unique and specific to the context of your organization. Offering DetailsThe Oracle Security Readiness Assessment is a multi-stage process with a dedicated Oracle Security team supporting your organization.  During the course of this free engagement, the team will focus on the following: Review your current business operating model and supporting IT security structures and processes Partner with your organization to establish a future state security architecture leveraging Oracle’s reference architectures, capability maps, and best practices Provide guidance and recommendations on governance practices for the rollout and adoption of your future state security architecture Create an initial business case for the adoption of the future state security architecture If you are interested in finding out more, ask your Sales Consultant or Account Manager for details.

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  • Derek Brink shares "Worst Practices in IT Security"

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Derek Brink is Vice President and Research Fellow in IT Security for the Aberdeen Group.  He has established himself as an IT Security Expert having a long and impressive career with companies and organizations ranging from RSA, Sun, HP, the PKI Forum and the Central Intelligence Agency.  So shouldn't he be talking about "Best Practices in IT Security?" In his latest blog he talks about the thought processes that drive the wrong behavior, and very cleverly shows how that incorrect thinking exposes weaknesses in our IT environments. Check out his latest blog post titled: "The Screwtape CISO: Memo #1 (silos, stovepipes and point solutions)"

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  • Oracle on Oracle: How Oracle IT uses Oracle IDM

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Sometimes, the toughest customers are your own employees.  Chirag Andani runs the Product Development Security IT Group - which means that his group is responsible for internal Identity Management and Security inside Oracle. Like a lot of large, global companies, Oracle has a complicated and dynamic IT infrastructure which continues to change as the company grows and acquires companies. I caught up with Chirag and asked him what kinds of problems his team faces, and asked him what he thinks about Oracle IDM, and 11gR2 in particular.Listen to the podcast interview here: podcast link

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  • Identity Management as a Controls Infrastructure

    - by Darin Pendergraft
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  • OpenWorld 2013 Presentation Links

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    We have had a lot of requests for OpenWorld 2013 presentations that were delivered by the IDM team this year in San Francisco.  To make things easier, I have uploaded all of the presentations to SlideShare.  Here is a list of available presentations: ID Title CON8808 Enabling Business Growth in the new Economy CON8810 Who Should have Access to What CON8811 Converged Identity Governance for Speeding Up Business and Reducing Cost CON8813 Securing Privileged Accounts with an integrated IDM Solution CON8817 API Management - Enable your Infrastructure for Secure Mobile and Cloud Use CON8819 Context and Risk Aware Access Control Any Device AnyWhere CON8823 Access management for the Internet of Things CON8828 Justifying and Planning a Successful Identity Management Upgrade CON8833 Access at Scale for Hundreds of Millions of Users CON8834 Bring Your Own Identity CON8836 Leveraging the Cloud to Simplify Your Identity Management Implementation CON8837 Leverage Authorization to Monetize Content and Media Subscriptions CON8896 Securely Enabling Mobile Access for Business Transformation CON8902 Developing Secure Mobile Applications CON9024 Next-Generation Optimized Directory - Oracle Unified Directory CON9573 Managing the OIM platform with Oracle Enterprise Manager

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  • Webcast Reminder: Implementing IDM in Healthcare, September 19th @10:00 am PST

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Join me and Rex Thexton from PwC tomorrow (September 19th) as we review an IDM project that Rex and his team completed for a large healthcare organization.  Rex will talk through the IT environment and business drivers that lead to the project, and then we will go through planning, design and implementation of the Oracle Identity Management products that PwC and the customer chose to complete the project. This will be a great opportunity to hear about the trends that are driving IT Healthcare, and to get your Identity Management questions answered. If you haven't already registered - Register Here!

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  • Sun2Oracle: Hub City Media Webcast Reminder - Thursday, September 13, 2012

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Our Sun2Oracle webcast featuring Steve Giovanetti from Hub City Media is this Thursday, September 13th at 10:00 am PST.  If you haven't registered yet, there is still time: Register Here. Scott Bonell, Sr. Director of Product Management will be talking to Steve about their recent project to upgrade a large University from Sun DSEE Directory to Oracle Unified Directory.  Scott and Steve will talk through details of the project, from planning through implementation. In addition to this webcast, Steve Giovanetti will also be participating in two sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2012: CON9465 - Next-Generation Directory: Oracle Unified Directory  Etienne Remillon, Principal Product Manager, Oracle  Steve Giovanetti, CTO Hub City Media  Warren Leung, Sr. Architect, UCLA  Tuesday, Oct 2, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Moscone West – 3008 CON5749 - Solutions for Migration of Oracle Waveset to Oracle Identity Manager Steve Giovanetti, CTO Hub City Media Kevin Moulton, Senior Sales Consulting  Manager, Oracle Thursday, Oct 4, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Moscone West - 3008

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  • ISACA Webcast follow up: Managing High Risk Access and Compliance with a Platform Approach to Privileged Account Management

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Last week we presented how Oracle Privileged Account Manager (OPAM) could be used to manage high risk, privileged accounts.  If you missed the webcast, here is a link to the replay: ISACA replay archive (NOTE: you will need to use Internet Explorer to view the archive) For those of you that did join us on the call, you will know that I only had a little bit of time for Q&A, and was only able to answer a few of the questions that came in.  So I wanted to devote this blog to answering the outstanding questions.  Here they are. 1. Can OPAM track admin or DBA activity details during a password check-out session? Oracle Audit Vault is monitoring these activities which can be correlated to check-out events. 2. How would OPAM handle simultaneous requests? OPAM can be configured to allow for shared passwords.  By default sharing is turned off. 3. How long are the passwords valid?  Are the admins required to manually check them in? Password expiration can be configured and set in the password policy according to your corporate standards.  You can specify if you want forced check-in or not. 4. Can 2-factor authentication be used with OPAM? Yes - 2-factor integration with OPAM is provided by integration with Oracle Access Manager, and Oracle Adaptive Access Manager. 5. How do you control access to OPAM to ensure that OPAM admins don't override the functionality to access privileged accounts? OPAM provides separation of duties by using Admin Roles to manage access to targets and privileged accounts and to control which operations admins can perform. 6. How and where are the passwords stored in OPAM? OPAM uses Oracle Platform Security Services (OPSS) Credential Store Framework (CSF) to securely store passwords.  This is the same system used by Oracle Applications. 7. Does OPAM support hierarchical/level based privileges?  Is the log maintained for independent review/audit? Yes. OPAM uses the Fusion Middleware (FMW) Audit Framework to store all OPAM related events in a dedicated audit database.  8. Does OPAM support emergency access in the case where approvers are not available until later? Yes.  OPAM can be configured to release a password under a "break-glass" emergency scenario. 9. Does OPAM work with AIX? Yes supported UNIX version are listed in the "certified component section" of the UNIX connector guide at:http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E22999_01/doc.111/e17694/intro.htm#autoId0 10. Does OPAM integrate with Sun Identity Manager? Yes.  OPAM can be integrated with SIM using the REST  APIs.  OPAM has direct integration with Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2. 11. Is OPAM available today and what does it cost? Yes.  OPAM is available now.  Ask your Oracle Account Manager for pricing. 12. Can OPAM be used in SAP environments? Yes, supported SAP version are listed in the "certified component section" of the SAP  connector guide here: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E22999_01/doc.111/e25327/intro.htm#autoId0 13. How would this product integrate, if at all, with access to a particular field in the DB that need additional security such as SSN's? OPAM can work with DB Vault and DB Firewall to provide the fine grained access control for databases. 14. Is VM supported? As a deployment platform Oracle VM is supported. For further details about supported Virtualization Technologies see Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System configurations here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/downloads/fusion-certification-100350.html 15. Where did this (OPAM) technology come from? OPAM was built by Oracle Engineering. 16. Are all Linux flavors supported?  How about BSD? BSD is not supported. For supported UNIX version see the "certified component section" of the UNIX connector guide http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E22999_01/doc.111/e17694/intro.htm#autoId0 17. What happens if users don't check passwords in at the end of a work task? In OPAM a time frame can be defined how long a password can be checked out. The security admin can force a check-in at any given time. 18. is MySQL supported? Yes, supported DB version are listed in the "certified component section" of the DB connector guide here: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E22999_01/doc.111/e28315/intro.htm#BABGJJHA 19. What happens when OPAM crashes and you need to use the password? OPAM can be configured for high availability, but if required, OPAM data can be backed up/recovered.  See the OPAM admin guide. 20. Is OPAM Standalone product or does it leverage other components from IDM? OPAM can be run stand-alone, but will also leverage other IDM components

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  • Developing and Enforcing a BYOD Policy

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    On October 23, SANS released Part 1 of their Mobile Access Policy Survey (webcast link) and Part 2 was presented on October 25th (webcast link). Join us this Thursday, November 15th as SANS and Oracle present a follow up webcast that will review the survey findings and present guidance on how to create a mobile access policy for employee owned devices, and how to enforce it using Oracle IDM. Click this link to register: Developing and Enforcing a BYOD Policy This will be an excellent opportunity to get the latest updates on how organizations are handling BYOD policies and managing mobile access. We will have 3 speakers: Tony DeLaGrange a Security Expert from Secure Ideas will review the main findings of the SANS Mobile Access Survey Ben Wright, a SANS instructor, attorney and technology law expert will present guidance on how to create BYOD policy Lee Howarth from Oracle Product Managment will review IDM techology that can be used to support and enforce BYOD policies. Join us Thursday to hear about best practices and to get your BYOD questions answered. 

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  • New in 11gR2: Oracle Optimized System for Oracle Unified Directory (OOS4OUD) Podcast

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    There have been a lot of cool new features in the IDM 11gR2 related to new functionality: social log-in capability, mobile application security, and self service access requests, just to name a few.  But what about performance? In the 11gR2 release we announced the availability of an Optimized System configuration for Unified Directory.  Oracle is very focused on software with matching hardware that is configured and tuned to get the best performance possible.  I caught up with Nick Kloski, Infrastructure Solutions Manager and asked him to talk me through the new Optimized System for OUD. Listen to the podcast interview here. Podcast Interview

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  • Partner Blog: aurionPro SENA - Mobile Application Convenience, Flexibility & Innovation Delivered

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    About the Writer: Des Powley is Director of Product Management for aurionPro SENA inc. the leading global Oracle Identity and Access Management specialist delivery and product development partner. In October 2012 aurionPro SENA announced the release of the Mobile IDM application that delivers key Identity Management functions from any mobile device. The move towards an always on, globally interconnected world is shifting Business and Consumers alike away from traditional PC based Enterprise application access and more and more towards an ‘any device, same experience’ world. It is estimated that within five years in many developing regions of the world the PC will be obsolete, replaced entirely by cheaper mobile and tablet devices. This will give a vast amount of new entrants to the Internet their first experience of the online world, and it will only be via these newer, mobile access channels. Designed to address this shift in working and social environments and released in October of 2012 the aurionPro SENA Mobile IDM application directly addresses this emerging market and requirement by enhancing administrators, consumers and managers Identity Management (IDM) experience by delivering a mobile application that provides rapid access to frequently used IDM services from any Mobile device. Built on the aurionPro SENA Identity Service platform the mobile application uses Oracle’s Cloud, Mobile and Social capabilities and Oracle’s Identity Governance Suite for it’s core functions. The application has been developed using standards based API’s to ensure seamless integration with a client’s on premise IDM implementation or equally seamlessly with the aurionPro SENA Hosted Identity Service. The solution delivers multi platform support including iOS, Android and Blackberry and provides many key features including: • Providing easy to access view all of a users own access privileges • The ability for Managers to approve and track requests • Simply raising requests for new applications, roles and entitlements through the service catalogue This application has been designed and built with convenience and security in mind. We protect access to critical applications by enforcing PIN based authentication whilst also providing the user with mobile single sign on capability. This is just one of the many highly innovative products and services that aurionPro SENA is developing for our clients as we continually strive to enhance the value of their investment in Oracle’s class leading 11G R2 Identity and Access Management suite. The Mobile IDM application is a key component of our Identity Services Suite that also includes Managed, Hosted and Cloud Identity Services. The Identity Services Suite has been designed and built specifically to break the barriers to delivering Enterprise, Mobile and Social Identity Management services from the Cloud. aurionPro SENA - Building next generation Identity Services for modern enterprises. To view the app please visit http://youtu.be/btNgGtKxovc For more information please contact [email protected]

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  • Guest Blog: Secure your applications based on your business model, not your application architecture, by Yaldah Hakim

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Today’s businesses are looking for new ways to engage their customers, embrace mobile applications, while staying in compliance, improving security and driving down costs.  For many, the solution to that problem is to host their applications with a Cloud Services provider, but concerns that a hosted application will be less secure continue to cause doubt. Oracle is recognized by Gartner as a leader in the User Provisioning and Identity and Access Governance magic quadrants, and has helped thousands of companies worldwide to secure their enterprise applications and identities.  Now those same world class IDM capabilities are available as a managed service, both for enterprise applications, as well has Oracle hosted applications. --- Listen to our IDM in the cloud podcast to hear Yvonne Wilson, Director of the IDM Practice in Cloud Service, explain how Oracle Managed Services provides IDM as a service ---Selecting OracleManaged Cloud Services to deploy and manage Oracle Identity Management Services is a smart business decision for a variety of reasons. Oracle hosted Identity Management infrastructure is deployed securely, resilient to failures, and supported by Oracle experts. In addition, Oracle  Managed Cloud Services monitors customer solutions from several perspectives to ensure they continue to work smoothly over time. Customers gain the benefit of Oracle Identity Management expertise to achieve predictable and effective results for their organization.Customers can select Oracle to host and manage any number of Oracle IDM products as a service as well as other Oracle’s security products, providing a flexible, cost effective alternative to onsite hardware and software costs.Security is a major concern for all organizations- making it increasingly important to partner with a company like Oracle to ensure consistency and a layered approach to security and compliance when selecting a cloud provider.  Oracle Cloud Service makes this possible for our customers by taking away the headache and complexity of managing Identity management infrastructure and other security solutions. For more information:http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/cloud/managed-cloud-services/overview/index.htmlTwitter-https://twitter.com/OracleCloudZoneFacebook - http://www.facebook.com/OracleCloudComputing

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  • Free SANS Mobility Policy Survey Webcast - October 23rd @10:00 am PST

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Join us for a free webcast tomorrow, October 23 @ 10:00 am PST as SANS presents the findings from their mobility policy survey. -- Register here for Part 1: https://www.sans.org/webcasts/byod-security-lists-policies-mobility-policy-management-survey-95429 This is a great opportunity to see where companies are with respect to mobile access policies and overall mobile application management. This first part is entitled: BYOD Wish Lists and Policies.  Part 2 will be run on October 25th and is entitled: BYOD security practices. -- Register here for Part 2: https://www.sans.org/webcasts/byod-security-practices-2-mobility-policy-management-survey-95434

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  • OOW2012 Session: Identity Management and the Cloud

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Cloud architecture and the agility and cost savings it provides are compelling reasons for companies to consider this alternative deployment option.  However, concerns about security keep customers from making the investment. If you are at Oracle Openworld 2012, please join us for a discussion about IDM and the Cloud - Wednesday,  October 3 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm in Moscone West 3008. Mike Neuenschwander and Melody Liu from Oracle will host special guests John Houston from UPMC, Tim Patterson from CONAGRA Foods Inc., and John Hill from SaskTel as they discuss how customers are addressing security and identity issues in the cloud. Click the link for a full session description: session description

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  • Oracle Identity Management Connector Overview

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) is a complete Identity Governance system that automates access rights management, and provisions IT resources.  One important aspect of this system is the Identity Connectors that are used to integrate OIM with external, identity-aware applications. New in OIM 11gR2 PS1 is the Identity Connector Framework (ICF) which is the foundation for both OIM and Oracle Waveset.Identity Connectors perform several very important functions: On boarding accounts from trusted sources like SAP, Oracle E-Business Suite, & PeopleSoft HCM Managing users lifecycle in various Target systems through provisioning and recon operations Synchronizing entitlements from targets systems so that they are available in the OIM request catalog Fulfilling access grants and access revoke requests Some connectors may support Role Lifecycle Management Some connectors may support password sync from target to OIM The Identity Connectors are broken down into several families: The BMC Remedy Family BMC Remedy Ticket Management BMC Remedy User Management The Microsoft Family Microsoft Active Directory Microsoft Active Directory Password Sync Microsoft Exchange The Novell Family Novell eDirectory Novell GroupWise The Oracle E-Business Suite Family Oracle e-Business Employee Reconciliation Oracle e-Business User Management The PeopleSoft Family PeopleSoft Employee Reconciliation PeopleSoft User Management The SAP Family SAP CUA SAP Employee Reconciliation SAP User Management The UNIX Family UNIX SSH UNIX Telnet As you can see, there are a large number of connectors that support apps from a variety of vendors to enable OIM to manage your business applications and resources. If you are interested in finding out more, you can get documentation on these connectors on our OTN page at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/id-mgmt/downloads/connectors-101674.html

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  • Usability enhancements for Users and Administrators in 11gR2 with Rex Thexton from PwC

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    In addition to the inviting customers to participate in the 11gR2 BETA program, a select number of partners were invited as well.  Rex Thexton, Managing Director of PwC's Advisory/Technology practice and his team were part of the BETA program.  I caught up with Rex recently to ask him about the new features that he liked most in the latest release.  Listen to our interview here:  podcast link

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  • Sun2Oracle: Upgrading from DSEE to the next generation Oracle Unified Directory - webcast follow up

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Thanks to all of the guest speakers on our Sun2Oracle webcast: Steve from Hub City Media, Albert from UCLA and our own Scott Bonell. During the webcast, we tried to answer as many questions as we could, but there were a few that we needed a bit more time to answer.  Albert from UCLA sent me the following information: Alternate Directory EvaluationWe were happy with Sun DSEE. OUD, based on the research we had done, was a logical continuation of DSEE.  If we moved away, it was to to go open source. UCLA evaluated OpenLDAP, OpenDS, Red Hat's 389 Directory. We also briefly entertained Active Directory. Ultimately, we decided to stay with OUD for the Enterprise Directory, and adopt OpenLDAP for the non-critical edge directories.HardwareFor Enterprise Directory, UCLA runs 3 Dell PowerEdge R710 servers. Each server has 12GB RAM and 2 2.4GHz Intel Xeon E5 645 processors. We run 2 of those servers at UCLA's Data Center in a semi active-passive configuration. The 3rd server is located at UCLA Berkeley. All three are multi master replicated. At run time, the bulk of LDAP query requests go to 1 server. Essentially, all of our authn/authz traffic is being handled by 1 server, with the other 2 acting as redundant back ups.

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  • Register for a free webcast presented by ISC2: Identity Auditing Techniques for Reducing Operational Risk and Internal Delays

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Join us tomorrow, June 26 @ 10:00 am PST for Part 1 of a 3 part security series co-presented by ISC2 Part 1 will deal focus on Identity Auditing techniques and will be delivered by Neil Gandhi, Principal Product Manager at Oracle and Brandon Dunlap, Managing Director at Brightfly Register for Part 1: Identity Auditing Techniques for Reducing Operational Risk and Internal Delays ... Part 2 will focus on how mobile device access is changing the performance and workloads of IDM directory systems and will be delivered by Etienne Remillon, Senior Principal Product Manager at Oracle, and Brandon Dunlap, Managing Director at Brightfly Register for Part 2: Optimizing Directory Architecture for Mobile Devices and Applications ... Finally, Part 3 will focus on what you need to do to support native mobile communications and security protocols and will be presented by Sid Mishra, Senior Principal Product Manager at Oracle, and Brandon Dunlap, Managing Director at Brightfly. Register for Part 3: Using New Design Patterns to Improve Mobile Access Control Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

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  • Grow Your Business with Security

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Author: Kevin Moulton Kevin Moulton has been in the security space for more than 25 years, and with Oracle for 7 years. He manages the East EnterpriseSecurity Sales Consulting Team. He is also a Distinguished Toastmaster. Follow Kevin on Twitter at twitter.com/kevin_moulton, where he sometimes tweets about security, but might also tweet about running, beer, food, baseball, football, good books, or whatever else grabs his attention. Kevin will be a regular contributor to this blog so stay tuned for more posts from him. It happened again! There I was, reading something interesting online, and realizing that a friend might find it interesting too. I clicked on the little email link, thinking that I could easily forward this to my friend, but no! Instead, a new screen popped up where I was asked to create an account. I was expected to create a User ID and password, not to mention providing some personally identifiable information, just for the privilege of helping that website spread their word. Of course, I didn’t want to have to remember a new account and password, I didn’t want to provide the requisite information, and I didn’t want to waste my time. I gave up, closed the web page, and moved on to something else. I was left with a bad taste in my mouth, and my friend might never find her way to this interesting website. If you were this content provider, would this be the outcome you were looking for? A few days later, I had a similar experience, but this one went a little differently. I was surfing the web, when I happened upon some little chotcke that I just had to have. I added it to my cart. When I went to buy the item, I was again brought to a page to create account. Groan! But wait! On this page, I also had the option to sign in with my OpenID account, my Facebook account, my Yahoo account, or my Google Account. I have all of those! No new account to create, no new password to remember, and no personally identifiable information to be given to someone else (I’ve already given it all to those other guys, after all). In this case, the vendor was easy to deal with, and I happily completed the transaction. That pleasant experience will bring me back again. This is where security can grow your business. It’s a differentiator. You’ve got to have a presence on the web, and that presence has to take into account all the smart phones everyone’s carrying, and the tablets that took over cyber Monday this year. If you are a company that a customer can deal with securely, and do so easily, then you are a company customers will come back to again and again. I recently had a need to open a new bank account. Every bank has a web presence now, but they are certainly not all the same. I wanted one that I could deal with easily using my laptop, but I also wanted 2-factor authentication in case I had to login from a shared machine, and I wanted an app for my iPad. I found a bank with all three, and that’s who I am doing business with. Let’s say, for example, that I’m in a regular Texas Hold-em game on Friday nights, so I move a couple of hundred bucks from checking to savings on Friday afternoons. I move a similar amount each week and I do it from the same machine. The bank trusts me, and they trust my machine. Most importantly, they trust my behavior. This is adaptive authentication. There should be no reason for my bank to make this transaction difficult for me. Now let's say that I login from a Starbucks in Uzbekistan, and I transfer $2,500. What should my bank do now? Should they stop the transaction? Should they call my home number? (My former bank did exactly this once when I was taking money out of an ATM on a business trip, when I had provided my cell phone number as my primary contact. When I asked them why they called my home number rather than my cell, they told me that their “policy” is to call the home number. If I'm on the road, what exactly is the use of trying to reach me at home to verify my transaction?) But, back to Uzbekistan… Should my bank assume that I am happily at home in New Jersey, and someone is trying to hack into my account? Perhaps they think they are protecting me, but I wouldn’t be very happy if I happened to be traveling on business in Central Asia. What if my bank were to automatically analyze my behavior and calculate a risk score? Clearly, this scenario would be outside of my typical behavior, so my risk score would necessitate something more than a simple login and password. Perhaps, in this case, a one-time password to my cell phone would prove that this is not just some hacker half way around the world. But, what if you're not a bank? Do you need this level of security? If you want to be a business that is easy to deal with while also protecting your customers, then of course you do. You want your customers to trust you, but you also want them to enjoy doing business with you. Make it easy for them to do business with you, and they’ll come back, and perhaps even Tweet about it, or Like you, and then their friends will follow. How can Oracle help? Oracle has the technology and expertise to help you to grown your business with security. Oracle Adaptive Access Manager will help you to prevent fraud while making it easier for your customers to do business with you by providing the risk analysis I discussed above, step-up authentication, and much more. Oracle Mobile and Social Access Service will help you to secure mobile access to applications by expanding on your existing back-end identity management infrastructure, and allowing your customers to transact business with you using the social media accounts they already know. You also have device fingerprinting and metrics to help you to grow your business securely. Security is not just a cost anymore. It’s a way to set your business apart. With Oracle’s help, you can be the business that everyone’s tweeting about. Image courtesy of Flickr user shareski

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  • Tackling Security and Compliance Barriers with a Platform Approach to IDM: Featuring SuperValu

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    On October 25, 2012 ISACA and Oracle sponsored a webcast discussing how SUPERVALU has embraced the platform approach to IDM.  Scott Bonnell, Sr. Director of Product Management at Oracle, and Phil Black, Security Director for IAM at SUPERVALU discussed how a platform strategy could be used to formulate an upgrade plan for a large SUN IDM installation. See the webcast replay here: ISACA Webcast Replay (Requires Internet Explorer or Chrome) Some of the main points discussed in the webcast include: Getting support for an upgrade project by aligning with corporate initiatives How to leverage an existing IDM investment while planning for future growth How SUN and Oracle IDM architectures can be used in a coexistance strategy Advantages of a rationalized, modern, IDM Platform architecture ISACA Webcast Featuring SuperValu - Tackling Security and Compliance Barriers with a Platform Approach to Identity Management from OracleIDM  

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  • Webcast Tomorrow: Securing the Cloud for Public Sector

    - by Darin Pendergraft
    Securing the Cloud for Public Sector Click here, to register for the live webcast. Cloud computing offers government organizations tremendous potential to enhance public value by helping organizations increase operational efficiency and improve service delivery. However, as organizations pursue cloud adoption to achieve the anticipated benefits a common set of questions have surfaced. “Is the cloud secure? Are all clouds equal with respect to security and compliance? Is our data safe in the cloud?” Join us December 12th for a webcast as part of the “Secure Government Training Series” to get answers to your pressing cloud security questions and learn how to best secure your cloud environments. You will learn about a comprehensive set of security tools designed to protect every layer of an organization’s cloud architecture, from application to disk, while ensuring high levels of compliance, risk avoidance, and lower costs. Discover how to control and monitor access, secure sensitive data, and address regulatory compliance across cloud environments by: providing strong authentication, data encryption, and (privileged) user access control to ensure that information is only accessible to those who need it mitigating threats across your databases and applications protecting applications and information – no matter where it is – at rest, in use and in transit For more information, access the Secure Government Resource Center or to speak with an Oracle representative, please call1.800.ORACLE1. LIVE Webcast Securing the Cloud for Public Sector Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Time: 2:00 p.m. ET Visit the Secure Government Resource CenterClick here for information on enterprise security solutions that help government safeguard information, resources and networks. ACCESS NOW Copyright © 2012, Oracle. All rights reserved. Contact Us | Legal Notices | Privacy Statement

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