Gates urged companies to think beyond traditional "glass-house" and perimeter-centric security strategies focused largely on keeping intruders and malicious activity out of corporate networks. What is needed, he said, is a "far more powerful paradigm" that uses security as a way to secure information access, not as an impediment to access.This year and 2008 may be the last years for the independents. So, it's time to nail down the technology and get it into your favorite platform - the end is near and the paradigm is shifting.
"People want more access" to information, and they want that access at any time, from wherever they happen to be, and via whatever device they happen to have, Gates said. "Traditional network perimeters are fading away," mandating new approaches to security, he added.
Friday, February 16
The End of IdM
I've been telling people over the last 2-3 years that in 5-6 years (circa 2010), there will no longer be stand-alone identity management companies. IdM will be rolled into the platforms. We've seen this Nostradamus-like prediction coming true as Oracle has moved in that direction for a few years now - Peoplesoft, Oblix, Thor, OctetString. And Sun too, of course. Microsoft has integrated many security features (anti-malware, firewall, encryption, etc.) into Windows. And now, I'm hearing more people saying the same. Especially at EMC. Art Coviello made this point clearly at the RSA conference. It's one of the reasons I joined RSA as they were becoming part of EMC. The future is wildly uncertain for smaller independent security providers. EMC really gets it. The focus is on information-centric security. The systems that control your information need built-in security -- not bolt-on security. Bill Gates' RSA address had much of the same focus.