It all started with a Tweet back on April 5. Ian Glazer, senior director of identity at SalesForce, asked why there wasn’t an association for digital identity professionals.
That Tweet has now lead to a pledge page for digital identity professionals as well as a presentation from Glazer on the Professionalization of the Identity Industry delivered May 11 at the European Identity Conference in Munich, Germany.
The Kantara Pledge Page was created as a channel for debate and discussion about a digital identity professional association, its value to practitioners, employers and other technical and business professionals.
After a 90-day open discussion period the pledge page will be temporarily closed and the results reviewed. A report outlining results and comments will be issued by Kantara to help target the needs of the digital identity professional and guide a digital identity professional association’s future direction.
“Identity is the missing third leg on the stool with security and privacy. Neither security or privacy professionals can fully meet their challenges without digital identity because digital identity practices give assurance that authorization is correctly executed,” said Colin Wallis, executive director at the Kantara Initiative. “Privacy, assurance and security professionals have organizations dedicated to the betterment of their industries. Now is the time for digital identity professionals to enjoy the same betterment opportunities such as professional development, shared practices and networking with peers from around the world. ”