Ninth Annual WSO2 Summer School Series Examines Identity and Access Management Best Practices for Digital Transformation

Web-based training provides all-new sessions on IAM strategies and best practices for securing the traditional, SaaS and mobile apps used by employees, customers and partners

Mountain View, CA – July 11, 2017 – WSO2 Summer School returns for the ninth year by popular demand. The all-new classes for 2017 will focus on empowering enterprises with insights for creating a successful identity and access management (IAM) strategy that encompasses customers, employees, partners, and suppliers. The free classes run July 18 – August 8, 2017. To sign up, visit

Since 2009, WSO2’s interactive web-based program has helped more than 2,000 IT professionals become more familiar with the technologies and best practices for building, integrating and deploying enterprise applications and services—on-premises and in the cloud. The program is open to all individuals who want to boost their knowledge directly from some of the industry’s leading experts—a once-a-year opportunity to obtain thousands of dollars worth of professional training at zero cost.

July 18: Identity Federation Patterns with WSO2 Identity Server

The rapid growth of organizations, ever-changing company policies, and mergers and acquisitions often lead to the need for complex identity solutions that require integration with multiple heterogeneous systems.

This class will discuss why enterprises are replacing traditional centralized identity management systems with identity federation solutions to manage their complex environments. It also will examine how identity federation enables organizations to link multiple identities that belong to different trust domains by means of a common set of policies, practices, and protocols. Through use cases, it then will present the challenges that arise when introducing identity federation and explore how to leverage identity federation patterns to overcome these challenges.

Darshana Gunawardana, WSO2 associate technical lead, and Omindu Rathnaweera, WSO2 senior software engineer, will jointly present the class on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT. Visit for more details.

July 25: Securing Access to SaaS Apps with WSO2 Identity Server

Software as a service (SaaS) is rapidly emerging as the dominant delivery model for enterprise IT services. This growth raises new enterprise security concerns and requirements, which are compounded by the rising use of mobile solutions to access SaaS applications.

This class examines how a complete IAM solution can address the challenges organizations face today by ensuring secure access to SaaS apps and safeguarding the sensitive data they contain. It then will explore how to address the security requirements of adopting a SaaS solution and preserve industry security standards, including:

  • What security concerns need to be addressed in SaaS integration
  • Common solution patterns for securing SaaS apps
  • How key features of WSO2 Identity Server can help enable SaaS integration
  • Jointly presenting the class will be Ishara Karunarathna, WSO2 associate technical lead, and Farasath Ahamed, WSO2 software engineer, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT. Visit for more information.

    August 1: Building Customer Identity and Access Management Solutions with WSO2 Identity Server

    In managing customer identities, enterprises need to deliver a superior user experience. In failing to do so, they risk losing these customers to competitors who make it easier to engage with them.

    This class will examine the need for IAM implementations to go beyond traditional enterprise solutions to address customer requirements for scalability, performance, usability, and seamless engagement across multiple channels. It also will discuss how to achieve a proper balance between creating an inviting user experience while enforcing robust security. Additionally, the class will cover:

    • The security and usability concerns that need to be considered when building a solution
    • Common patterns for customer IAM solutions
    • How WSO2 Identity Server can help build a customer IAM solution

    Johann Nallathamby, WSO2 senior technical lead, and Maduranga Siriwaradena, WSO2 senior software engineer, will jointly conduct the class, Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT. Visit to learn more.

    August 8: Enterprise Identity and Access Management Use Cases

    Different divisions, business units, and even departments within growing enterprises harbor a range of heterogeneous environments that create several IAM challenges. Among the biggest are inconsistent password policies, excessive identities and directories, diverse and time-consuming auditing processes, and an increasing need to stay on top of compliance regulations. These are compounded by a shift to cloud platforms and the adoption of SaaS and mobile apps that cross typical security domain boundaries.

    This class will review common enterprise scenarios and the potential risks of security breaches when employees access external apps, lower productivity levels if users cannot access the apps they need, and increased costs for maintaining legacy systems. It then will examine how organizations need to minimize these risks by adopting an IAM solution that provides seamless user experiences, secures access for employees and partners, easily integrates legacy systems as well as cloud and mobile apps, and manages employee data securely and efficiently. Throughout the discussion, the class will discuss typical IAM use cases along with common solution patterns for IAM.

    Jointly presenting the class will be Malithi Edirisinghe, WSO2 associate technical lead, and Hasintha Indrajee, WSO2 senior software engineer, on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT. Visit for more details.

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