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QA: Oracle's Yvonne Wilson on How Oracle Managed Services Provides Identity Management as a Service
Security remains a major concern when it comes to adopting the cloud, but according to Yvonne Wilson, Oracle’s identity management (IDM) technical director for Oracle Managed Cloud Services, organizations no longer have to sacrifice identity management and security if they want to leverage all the benefits of cloud computing.
Recognized by Gartner as a leader in user provisioning and identity and access governance, Oracle has helped thousands of companies worldwide secure their enterprise applications and identities. Now Oracle is extending this leadership by offering Oracle Identity Management solutions as cloud services. We asked Wilson how organizations can benefit.
Q. Please give us a little background on Oracle's leadership in data security.
A. Oracle customers include large enterprises, government agencies, and educational institutions, all of whom have a strong interest in keeping their data secure. In order to serve them, Oracle has invested heavily in information security and compliance.
Beside our leadership in identity management, we are able to provide the consistent, multilayered approach to security necessary in an age of high-profile security breaches. We provide hosting and management for a full range of cutting-edge technologies, including identity management, database encryption and auditing, Web application security, data masking, vulnerability assessments, and threat management.
This kind of forward-thinking leadership is particularly critical in meeting the latest security challenges, from increasingly complex applications to the growing demand for anytime, anywhere access.
Q. What value can customers gain in having IDM hosted in the cloud?
A. A hosted IDM solution can deliver a lot of value from both a security and compliance perspective, but also in terms of end user experience and business process optimization. A managed, hosted solution is a perfect option for customers who don't have the bandwidth and time to allocate and train staff to run these types of specialized services.
Q. In what ways can organizations take advantage of identity management as a service?
A. There are two scenarios that allow our customers to take advantage of our IDM service offerings. First, they can access a full range of IDM products to protect the other applications Oracle is hosting for them. For example, a customer selects us to host and manage Oracle E-Business Suite. They can then add any of our IDM components to their service, such as single sign on, identity federation, strong authentication, identity analytics, and provisioning for account creation.
A second scenario is for customers to leverage IDM as a hosted service to which customers can integrate with their on-premise applications. In both scenarios, customers gain all the advantages of leveraging Oracle Managed Cloud Services while also getting a reliable IDM platform—including Oracle's unparalleled expertise in deploying and managing these solutions.
Q. In addition to Oracle Identity Management solutions, can customers access other security products in the cloud as well?
A. Absolutely. In addition to Oracle Identity Management solutions, we offer support for many Oracle security products, as well as key third-party products. All of them can be delivered as managed services. As a result, we are able to offer a comprehensive set of solutions to address regulatory compliance programs such as PCI, HIPAA, and FDA 21 CFR Part 11, as well as internal security requirements.
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