Everything is famously code today—cars are computers with wheels, appliances have Internet access, smart doors and houses are controlled from mobile phone apps. With all this code around, security is more of a challenge than ever. A central pillar of security is identity management: the technology that protects logins and controls access. This, too, is becoming code to work with all the other code. Libraries for developers are essential, including ID controls in mobile and Web applications for initial sign on, single sign-on, federated sign-on, biometric authentication systems, and controlling access to sensitive data. And code itself is becoming code: automation systems for producing code, deploying code, updating code, configuring resources and access controls. IAM code has to be wherever it’s needed, when it’s needed, and automated, just like any other code. The better we do this, the more secure we all are with our ubiquitous computers.
Chief Technology Officer, WSO2
Eric has more than 35 years of industry experience spanning a variety of senior roles in various technology and financial services companies. In his current role, he is responsible for driving WSO2’s technical vision and helping to promote the adoption of products and projects, with a focus on enterprise customers. Before WSO2, he was Chief Security Architect for the Consumer Banking Division at Citibank, Chief Architect for Treasury and Trade Services at Citibank, and Chief Architect for the Investment Banking division at Credit Suisse. Before that, he was CTO at IONA Technologies and a Distinguished Engineer and Transaction Processing Architect at Digital Equipment Corp (now part of HP). Eric has over the years contributed to many industry standards and products based on them, including SOAP, WSDL, UDDI, WS-Security, OTS, AMQP, and XA. He is co-author of WS-Transactions and chaired the OSGi Enterprise Expert Group. Eric also served on the OSGi and Eclipse Boards of Directors, and oversaw IONA’s participation in open-source projects such as CXF, ActiveMQ, and Camel. He is the author or co-author of three widely respected textbooks: Principles of Transaction Processing (with Phil Bernstein), Understanding Web Services, and Understanding SOA with Web Services (with Greg Lomow). He is also co-author of a patent on mobile messaging technology.