Zero Trust has been with us for the best part of a decade - since the likes of the Jericho Forum, Google's Beyond Corp and ex-Forrester analyst John Kindervag have all promoted a view of moving the concept of "trust" from a location to a concept based on the identity, device and associated context. Version 2.0 of the US Department of Defence Zero Trust Reference Architecture has been cleared for public release and is a good, detailed read regarding an actual migration and implementation model. The document is available here.
An introduction to just in time, next generation authorization vendor sgnl.ai
Over a 4 week period I asked the preferred deployment model option for four key identity and access management services: consumer identity, workforce access management, identity governance and administration and privileged access management. The results where subtle and nuanced.
This week saw the FIDO Authenticate conference take place in Seatle. I attended via the virtual remote route, going through the vast majority of the sessions from the comfort of the office. A few items that stood out for me.

Passwordless authentication is often described as improving both the usability and security aspects of both the employee and customer identity journeys. Many approaches to passwordless have emerged over the last 5 years - including hardware, software, biometric and standards based initiatives.

In November 2021, The Cyber Hut released a 61 page buyer guide for passwordless authentication, describing the vendor capabilities, requirements, integration options, B2E and B2C use cases and planning recommendations for migration.

A brief snapshot of questions to consider, when engaging software based solution providers in this space is described here.

Let us start with the basics. IDQL stands for Identity Query Language. The description given to it from the Hexa website (I'll come back to Hexa in a minute) is "Identity Query Language (IDQL) is a declarative access policy and set of APIs that enables the mapping of a centrally managed policy into the native format of multiple clouds and application platforms". The main initiator of the IDQL project is Strata who issued a press release back in May 2022 outlining the concept and idea. Strata is the "identity orchestration" company, that looks to solve the growing problem where identity and permissions data is being spread across a multi-cloud landscape - but somehow needs to be managed centrally in order to improve visibility and security.

Even as many organisations are moving to a "cloud first" strategy for the consumption of new applications and services, the cloud line is blurred. Not all services can be consumed in a pure cloud setting, and not all "clouds" are the same.

Any analysis in the popularity, options or strategy with respect to IAM deployment should be firmly based against a set of basic definitions.

Our latest LinkedIn poll on September 27th was focused on understanding the role and impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) technology on the general identity and access management industry.
Styra, the team behind "Cloud Native Authorization" recently announced a few feature called "Styra Run". Their launch blog back in July described Run as being "a new holistic approach" to authorization. But that is trying to solve? Styra are behind the popular Open Policy Agent - a policy driven decision engine for authorization in cloud native environments. Whilst likely OPA is focused on the protection of infrastructure (think containerized ecosytems) it is also used for protecting APIs and custom applications. The developer-first angle sees a dedicated rule language and the storage of policy data in files. The OPA project on github has over 7000 stars.
In the last 3 years or so, we have seen huge interest in the need to improve authentication techniques, that deliver a passwordless MFA experience. What is stopping adoption?