Eric Norlin

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Security is like love

Security is like love

Symantec threw its hat in the identity ring yesterday, when CEO John Thompson told the audience at their annual Vision conference that identity management was a "critical part of the stack" and an "area of great interest to the company."

May 8, 2006 by in Security

The many players at IIW

The many players at IIW

The Internet Identity Workshop has been going on for the past few days. The workshop is centered on "user-centric identity," which is confusing enough to be sure, but when you throw in the various protocols, systems and groups working in it -- well, things get downright disorienting.

May 3, 2006 by in Security

Will Sun begin buying?

Will Sun begin buying?

When Jonathan Schwartz took over the post as head-honcho of Sun, I kept my opinions quiet. My suspicion was that Schwartz might help to focus more of Sun's resources on its identity management business, but it was just that - a suspicion.

May 1, 2006 by in Oracle

Legislating Identity

Legislating Identity

"Drivers" are a funny thing. They're those often-ambiguous factors cited by analysts and reporters as they attempt to explain why a technology is catching on.

April 17, 2006 by in Security

Identity's gravitational pull

Identity's gravitational pull

An acquisition, a conversion, expansion of the space, and a company moving toward identity -- all of these point to the giant gravitational pull that identity (or lack thereof) is exerting over technology and, more importantly, the Network as a whole.

April 13, 2006 by in Security

DRM, ERM and...IRM?

DRM, ERM and...IRM?

DRM and ERM (enterprise rights management) are controversial topics, and ones that fit into the identity industry map.

April 11, 2006 by in CXO

Security, Human Nature and Location

Security, Human Nature and Location

The natural reaction to wanting more security is to create a perimeter and guard it. Many security paradigms are virtualizations of that very human reaction, and that's why they are doomed to failure except at very small scale...

April 10, 2006 by in Security

The Problem of Categories

The Problem of Categories

Existing categories can make understanding the identity paradigm difficult. But as networking dissolves current paradigms, those categories are evolving - as they must.

April 7, 2006 by in Hardware