IM curbs identity theft, audit and fraud.
Sunil Mehra, Director Sales, Fusion Middleware,
Oracle India talks to Dominic K about identity management in general
and Oracles offerings in this space in particular touching upon the role
it plays vis-a-vis enterprise security.
Identity management has a lot of buzz around it. What does
it bring to the table?
Information security is an overall state of data protection
that gives users unfettered access to information while protecting the security
and integrity of the organisations information assets. Identity management
forms a critical component of a business as it allows enterprises to manage
end-to-end lifecycle of user identities across all enterprise resources, both
within and beyond the firewall.
A component of Oracle fusion middleware, The solution provides
access and identity management, identity federation, role based user provisioning
and de-provisioning (core technology for automating identity life-cycle), LDAP
directory services, user directory virtualisation and Web services management.
The IDM solutions form part of Oracles common security framework for applications
as well as data, securing not just Oracle database, applications, and middleware,
but also leading enterprise applications and platforms
Identity management is not just a technology issue, it has
become a business issue. It cuts IT help desk and systems administration costs
and promotes a tighter, correlated relationship between employees and the business
resources they support in order to work more efficiently. IDM eliminates identity
silos, brings customer data together and provides comprehensive real-time information
from which to make informed business decisions, all of which contribute towards
a high level of customer service and convenience.
In addition, IDM solutions play a critical role in areas
such as meeting regulatory compliance norms, managing identities of employees,
customers, partner and suppliers. It curbs identity theft, audit and fraud in
an online world and also managing information access control and compliance
Why is it important for enterprises from a strategic standpoint?
is important from the point of view of organisational confidence and strategic
from the point of view of compliances and competitiveness. Organisations must
be confident of their security and integrity of business resources, systems,
and services. In essence, organisations need to open the doors to the world
while ensuring that the whole world doesnt walk through them. It is important
to securely manage appropriate access to business resources for employees, customers,
partners and suppliers.
A robust information security framework helps an organisation
reduce threats, which might come from internal as well as external malicious
sources, improve compliance and win and maintain customer confidence and loyalty.
With compliance issues gaining steam in the Indian industry,
it has become essential for companies to comply with regulatory authorities
to ensure smooth functioning in an enterprise. Oracles secure solutions
offer features, policies, and procedures to address internal and external compliance
Security is an evergreen issue and as the number of threats
increase, the demand for stringent security parameters will gain further more
importance. Hence it is important to build security from the start. Security
is built in from the outset, making for consistent, secure deployments that
How is Oracle addressing these needs?
Security is a critical component of every Oracle solution
and has been since the company delivered its first secure database in 1977.
Since then, Oracle has continually delivered industry-leading security capabilities
and made security a cornerstone of its software.
Enterprises are now relying on security products to meet
their information protection and security needsfor both Oracle and non-Oracle
systems. We ensure security inside the data centre and beyond, spanning database,
middleware, and business applications.
What are the various factors that drive the market for
Security is an evergreen issue, which enterprises are always
grappling with. According to industry analysts, the IDM market is expected to
increase by more than four times to reach approximately $2.5Bn. The public,
finance and IT and ITES sectors are expected to lead the adoption of IDM worldwide.
The primary drivers for investment in identity management
are compliance, information security, managing identities and access control
management. As companies expand through mergers and acquisitions or enhanced
business and profitability, there appears to be a direct impact on the numbers
of employees, customers, partners, suppliers as well as other vendors into the
companys process and systems.
This increased workforce and business associates leads to
the creation of more roles, identities, transactions that would arise from an
extended network. In such instances, it becomes important to integrate security
across the IT infrastructure.
What are the key drivers for IM? How can it streamline
the operational costs and efficiency in enterprise data management?
Oracle IDM solution weaves security into applications as
opposed to bolting it on, promising unprecedented efficiencies and ROI. Security
is integrated into applications from the start and not force-fitted on afterwards,
ensuring improved security, easier development, and lower administrative costs.
Application-centric IDM enables management of identities within applications
as part of their business process, while preserving the benefits of a centralized
identity management system.
Oracle IDM solutions automate lifecycle management for potentially
millions of users; delivers Single Sign-On improving user productivity and reducing
Can you comment on the security trends that will emerge
Security has become a critical IT consideration for corporations
of all sizes. Oracle has continually delivered industry-leading security capabilities
and made security a cornerstone of its software since it delivered its first
secure database three decades ago.
As the security market continues to grow IDM is all set to
become more than just a technology and gain importance as a business issue.
With a direct link with reducing operational cost and maintaining a tighter
correlated relationship between employees and business resources, IDM has a
significant impact on the growth of the business.
Oracles IDM is not just for large enterprises, but
can add real value, strength and competitive advantage to both mid-tier and
small-medium enterprises, impacting directly on the bottom line.