Digital Identity Management with Julie Smith

By Sean Deuby September 08, 2022 | General

“[Identity management] is a complex space that just keeps growing and growing,” notes Julie Smith, Executive Director of the Identity Defined Security Alliance. “Organizations are struggling with figuring out how to deal with it and protect their resources.”

Julie joined a recent episode of the Hybrid Identity Protection (HIP) Podcast to discuss these challenges. For example, the Alliance’s 2022 Trends in Securing Digital Identities report reveals that a whopping 84% of respondents said they’d experienced an identity-related breach during the past year.

Identity management trends to track

With Gartner placing a greater focus on Identity Threat Detection and Response (ITDR), understanding trends and techniques in digital identity management and security is vital for security, IT, identity, and operations professionals. Julie notes that increased awareness might be partially responsible for the uptick in responses around breach events. But new attacks and threat actors consistently make the headlines, with attacks targeting a range of industries, from schools to retailers to healthcare and government organizations.

During our interview, Julie and I discussed the findings from the Alliance report and what organizations can learn from this data:

  • Increasing numbers of digital identities and the challenges of protecting them
  • The importance of executive leadership regarding password security
  • Operational impacts of identity-related breaches

“There’s a lot of good guidance in [the report] in terms of how could some of these identity-related breaches be prevented,” Julie notes.

Listen in!

What is the Hybrid Identity Protection Podcast?

Launched in April 2020, the HIP Podcast is the premier podcast for cybersecurity pros charged with defending hybrid identity environments. In each episode, I interview some of the industry’s most knowledgeable—and interesting—experts.

For more information about digital identity management and security, check out the following resources:

About the author
Sean Deuby
Sean Deuby Director of Services
Sean brings 30 years’ experience in enterprise IT and hybrid identity to his role as Director of Services at Semperis. An original architect and technical leader of Intel's Active Directory, Texas Instrument’s NT network, and 15-time MVP alumnus, Sean has been involved with Microsoft identity since its inception. Since then, his experience as an identity strategy consultant for many Fortune 500 companies gives him a broad perspective on the challenges of today's identity-centered security. Sean is an industry journalism veteran; as former technical director for Windows IT Pro, he has over 400 published articles on AD, hybrid identity, and Windows Server. Linkedin
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