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Consumer identity management: Will it replace identity provisioning?

Are traditional enterprise identity provisioning systems on their last leg?

While some might call that question presumptuous given the amount of money organizations have invested in enterprise identity technology and integration, enterprise identity systems may be slowly moving toward a model in which organizations no longer create and provision identity data; instead they merely consume identity data provided by users.

"In the long term, what's going to happen is the consumer is going to want to take more control of their identity and expose those things that are relevant to the service providers they work with," said Dieter Schuller, vice president of sales and business development with enterprise federated identity vendor Radiant Logic Inc., based in Novato, Calif., "and they're going to want to do it in a way that's secure, not exposing private information."

In this interview, recorded in San Francisco at the 2014 RSA Conference, Schuller and SearchSecurity Editorial Director Robert Richardson discuss how consumer-driven identity may soon drive enterprises toward a new identity management paradigm controlled by users themselves.

Schuller also discusses industry opportunities for enterprise identity technology and services providers, which he said include offering identity attestation from third-party identity providers like Facebook, as well as aggregating users' disparate identity data.

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