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Shining Stars: Brightest Moments of Identiverse 2018

Friends of identity, it’s a little bittersweet now that Identiverse™ 2018 has come to an end. We can’t thank all of you enough for making our inaugural year under our new branding so fun and memorable. The spirit of Cloud Identity Summit has truly evolved into something amazing, and Identiverse certainly had its Big Bang moment. Hats off to Boston for welcoming our identity family with open arms.

It would likely be the longest blog in history if we were to try and recap all of the great things we packed into four days at this year’s event. Instead, we just want to highlight a handful of the brightest moments.

Record Attendance

As we tally everything up, we’re happy to report that we set record numbers in Boston. Since our first year in 2010, the conference has continued to grow year after year. That’s not easy to pull off, especially with a new name, but it speaks volumes about the passion of our identity community and the uniqueness of this event. The future of Identiverse is certainly very bright.

Most Diverse Expo Hall Yet

We saw record numbers in our expo hall, with 57 sponsors and exhibitors showing their latest and greatest to the masses. But almost more impressive than the numbers themselves was the diversity on the floor.  We introduced a number of innovations for the expo—like our new solutions theater and our Startup Stars program—and we saw a wide variety of solution providers including familiar participants as well as newcomers. Company size ranged from small solutions providers to large technology organizations like Microsoft and Google. We thank all of our sponsors for making this event possible and for representing our industry in such a diverse way.

Content That Wowed

With content submissions up 40% from last year, Identiverse delivered the most diverse topics to date. There were sessions, master classes and keynotes that covered everything from identity security to privacy to new regulations. One of the more prevalent topics was how identity fits into the Internet of Things—or more appropriately, the Identity of Things. And one of the newer topics this year was artificial intelligence and how identity is becoming smarter. We’re sure to hear a lot more about that. Keep an eye on your inbox…we’ll be emailing you soon when presentations and videos are available.

Attendees Earned (ISC)2 and IAPP CPE Credits

For the first time in the conference’s history, Identiverse partnered with (ISC)2, the world’s leading cybersecurity and IT security professional organization. This year’s attendees were able to receive up to 40 CPE credits for any sessions they attended in Boston. If you need to submit for your credits, just fill out this submission form, send it to cpes@isc2.org within six weeks of attending Identiverse and make sure to include your (ISC)2 member number.

We also partnered with the IAPP, the world’s largest global information privacy community—to be able to offer CPE credits for IAPP qualifications including CIPM, CIPT and CIPP. We look forward to growing these industry connections in future years.

Traditions Live On

Anyone who’s come to this conference before knows a thing or two about our traditions. We’re happy to say that they’re alive and well! The family program was buzzing with activities and excitement. Boot camp was another fun, sweaty and fulfilling ride. Plus, back by popular demand, ZZAuth and the Love Tokens rocked the House of Blues for our closing party, which is an incredible feat because this band is made up of identity professionals from across the country. With members from Ping Identity, Forgerock, Optiv, Microsoft and KPMG…ZZAuth’s dedication and collaboration is music to our ears!

Open Banking & OpenID Made a Big Announcement

Identiverse provided a timely catalyst for representatives of the OpenID Foundation and the UK Open Banking Implementation Entity to announce their collaboration on the financial-grade API (FAPI) specification. It was an ideal venue for both organizations to emphasize the importance of building on top of the award-winning OpenID Certification Program to expand the scope to enable certification of deployments of FAPI specifications.

Andre Durand, Ping Identity CEO, spoke for those who understand the impact that open-banking initiatives are now having across the globe and across industries. The announcement demonstrated the importance of open standards to the cross-industry conversation Identiverse convenes and the concrete progress it enables.

Networking Flourished

Identiverse has become the world’s largest identity industry event. Naturally, it’s THE place to be for the best networking opportunities, and Boston was no exception. There was a wide variety of networking luncheons that spanned diverse groups, including Women in Identity, the LIGHTest Forum and the Identity Defined Security Alliance. Not to mention the countless ad hoc networking moments that happened all throughout the week. Identiverse is also the home event for IDPro, with many individual and corporate IDPro members participating in a variety of ways. This year’s conference was the perfect example of all the right people in one place. And it’s only going to get better.

We could go on and on. But suffice it to say, Identiverse 2018 really delivered. If Boston is any indication of how Identiverse is going to continue to grow and evolve and attract this caliber of identity people, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for our tenth anniversary next year in Washington, D.C.—and beyond. Thanks again for being part of this Big Bang moment for Identiverse. See you next year.

Keep the conversation going on Twitter via #Identiverse, and stay tuned for session recordings on Youtube and slides via Slideshare.

 

By Andrew Hindle

Content Chair, Identiverse

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