Identity and Security Forum – Burlington, MA

Following the success of the one-day Identity and Security Forums we held in 2017, we are organizing three more in April 2018. They’re free to attend, but places are limited, so register now!

April 5: Burlington, MA (see below and register) April 3: Malvern, PA | April 4: Iselin, NJ

Designed for CSOs, CISOs, and IT Directors, the Forums will cover the latest developments and best practices in identity, security and governance.

Including expert presentations, case studies, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities, the Forums offer a great way to get up to date with the latest trends fast! Topics will span current identity, security, and governance trends – including privileged account management, multi-factor authentication, and even a bit about GDPR.

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Where: Microsoft’s Boston Offices, 5 Wayside Road, Burlington, MA 01803
When: April 5, 2018, 9:00am – 3:30pm
Cost: Free
Lunch and refreshments will be provided


  • 9:00 to 9:15am – Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:15 to 10:00 – Identity, Security, and Governance in a Complex World
  • 10:00 to 10:15 – Are Passwords Dead?
  • 10:15 to 10:30 – Break
  • 10:30 to 11:00 – Microsoft Roadmap
  • 11:00 to 12:00 – Roundtable Discussion
  • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Lunch & Networking
  • 1:00 to 1:50 – Privileged Identity & Access Management: Effects on Risk Management and Cyberdefense
  • 1:50 to 2:00 – Break
  • 2:00 to 2:50 – Cloud Access Governance: Real World Security Challenges
  • 2:50 to 3:00 – Identity and GDPR
  • 3:00 to 3:30 – Closing Notes: Where Do We Go From Here?


Identity, Security, and Governance in a Complex World (Hugh Simpson-Wells, CEO, OCG)

OCG founder and CEO Hugh Simpson-Wells will talk about the importance of strong identity management as the essential underpinning of three areas:

  • Operational efficiency: Most organizations are still not reaping all the possible benefits from identity data synchronization and process orchestration
  • Security: Identity management secures the cloud, enables various flavors of single sign-on, and provides a reliable basis for the management of group and other entitlement objects
  • Governance: Increased regulatory scrutiny, as well as plain old good management, demands better governance. IT – with identity in the vanguard – can do so much to streamline these governance processes, reporting, and (where possible) automatically remediating risks and violations

Hugh will cover recent trends, look at some of the choices available, and discuss which of these choices are appropriate for various business situations.

Are Passwords Dead? (Frank Urena, Principal Architect, OCG)

OCG’s highly experienced Principal Architect, Frank Urena, will talk about how the world is changing when it comes to passwords. Spoiler alert – the password isn’t dead yet, but Frank will talk about how we work with our partners Microsoft, Lieberman Software, and Crossmatch to reduce the reliance on passwords in the enterprise, enable privileged account management, and to better secure systems where passwords are in use.


Roundtable Discussion

This hour is an interactive session. Bring your questions, ideas, and experience for a lively discussion on the morning’s identity and security topics.

Privileged Identity & Access Management: Effects on Risk Management and Cyberdefense (Ric Weeks, VP Channel & Business Development, Lieberman Software)

Privileged Identity & Access Management (PIM & PAM) are now leading infosecurity technologies and are being used to significantly lower the risk of catastrophic data breaches. Initially deployed as an IT compliance measure to audit Administrator access and validate credential rotation, PIM/PAM are now used as part of a solid IT Risk Management cyberdefense architecture. In this session, based on respected research analyst data, you will learn quantitatively how you could expect to significantly lower this risk. We will also describe advanced Use Cases of how PIM/PAM are being used, both proactively and re-actively, in cyberdefense and cyberwarfare strategies.

Cloud Access Governance: Real World Security Challenges (Nabeel Nizar, SVP Solutions & Strategy, Saviynt)

As organizations continue to expand their IT presence into cloud platforms, they face the need to extend their security and compliance to the cloud as well. With hybrid IT becoming the norm, critical enterprise assets including sensitive data and infrastructure now reside outside the traditional perimeter. With cloud providers offering varying degrees of control, identity governance and privilege become the common thread binding the security and trust fabric together. During this session, you will gain insight into real-world security challenges inherent in cloud adoption, understand how to leverage risk analytics and security controls to gain visibility, and to protect the “keys to the kingdom” with privileged access governance by adopting a next-generation security framework for applications, data, and infrastructure.

Identity and GDPR (Hugh Simpson-Wells, CEO, OCG)

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect nearly every business in some way – even US-based businesses. It is a subject that deserves a day of its own, but OCG’s CEO Hugh Simpson-Wells – who is UK-based, and so closer to the action – will give a short overview of why GDPR matters, and how identity management will help organizations stay compliant.

Closing Notes: Where Do We Go From Here? (Nicholas Hebert, Sr. Manager, NY Metro & Northeast Regions, OCG)

OCG will close the forum with a summary of the day’s highlights, notes on how to maximize your Microsoft licenses, and steps you can take to bring big IT wins to your organization – including the ‘must-dos’ and the ‘might-dos.’ Questions and discussion are welcome!

Register for the Burlington Identity and Security Forum today!