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The Internet of Things: A New Identity Management Paradigm

Increasingly, everyday devices share data and accept or deliver commands over a network, driving significant transformation in the role and reach of security and identity management.

Often called the Internet of Things, this rapidly growing phenomenon encompasses a constantly expanding range of devices, from refrigerators and smart meters to life-saving medical devices.

However, the phenomenon is likely to span far beyond today's leading-edge technologies. In fact, market intelligence firm ABI Research estimates that by 2020 there will be 50 billion devices wirelessly connected to the internet, from consumer products to highly complex industrial and manufacturing equipment and processes.

Billions of New Security Challenges
"Each time we move to a new IT paradigm—mainframe, client-server, laptop, mobile, cloud—we need to transform our approach to security and identity management or risk being displaced," says Naresh Persaud, director of Marketing for Oracle Security. "The same is true now with the advent of the Internet of Things."

New security challenges include

  • Securing data and access on the device
  • Management and provisioning of identities
  • Securing data as it travels from devices to enterprise applications
  • Demonstrating regulatory compliance
Other special considerations include device impersonation, social sign-on, and management of multiple users per device.

Oracle Identity Management
With Oracle Identity Management solutions, organizations gain a complete platform for managing the identity of both users and devices. Oracle solutions are optimized to run locally on the gateway to manage device identity, including enrollment, secure storage, and authentication.

"Device identity is critical to guarantee that the device is indeed what it claims to be," says Persaud.

Oracle Identity Management solutions also secure enterprise applications with key capabilities, including identity provisioning and access management. And they enable regulatory compliance with complete visibility into who is accessing content, from which device—and when.

Find out more about Oracle Identity Management.

Learn about Oracle's complete Internet of Things platform.
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