Focus Magazine - Summer 2015 - (Page 36)
Identity Hubs: Secure,
I By Tom Johnson
loud, mobile, and social technologies are changing
the business model in the life science industry.
Organizations are embracing collaboration with
external partners, fueled by the growing ease with which
individuals can connect and communicate across enterprise
boundaries - from anywhere, at any time, using any device.
External collaboration oﬀers the potential to reduce costs
and accelerate time-to-market for drug development and
delivery by leveraging the strengths and expertise of each
e benefits of working with external partners are
compelling. However, organizations must take care in how
they establish and operate the collaborative environment.
Taking the wrong approach can actually increase costs, tie
up valuable resources, extend schedules, and put sensitive
information and intellectual property at risk for
compromise and regulatory compliance violations.
e option organizations typically first explore is to set
up and run the collaborative environment themselves, in
large part because they want to maintain control of access to
their applications and data by partners. When all
participants engage in this manner, they create a full mesh
of party-to-party agreements and connections that produce
redundant infrastructure. ey also impose a massive
burden on their IT departments to support databases or
directories that identify external partner user privileges and
yet quickly become
outdated. And they
require individuals to possess numerous
credentials to log in to a variety of partner applications.
e ultimate results of this choice are unnecessary capital
and operating expenditures, delays in getting partners
provisioned into the collaborative environment, multiple
points of vulnerability, and a poor user experience. As the
number of partners rises, so does the degree of pain.
Another approach to external partner collaboration, the
cloud-based identity hub, is gaining traction in the life
science industry. Rather than establishing point-to-point
connections with every partner, organizations simply
connect once to the identity hub, through which they have
communications channels with all partners. e identity
hub relies on a hybrid cloud implementation, which
combines the open ease of access of the public cloud with
the security of the private cloud. In essence, the identity
hub becomes the centerpiece of a collaborative community.
To make life even easier for all community members, the
identity hub can be deployed by a trusted third-party
through an as-a-service delivery model. e identity hub
provider handles the on-boarding of all organizations, their
applications, and their users to the community. rough a
process called delegated administration, organizations
continue to determine which external users can access their
applications, data, and other assets. e identity hub
provider collects this information continuously and is
responsible for maintaining a master repository of privileges
and permissions, which it uses to enforce the rules assigned
by asset owners when individuals request access.
Standards and Such
e identity hub's architecture makes it possible for
individuals to reach any community application with a
single credential, which is used by the identity hub provider
to authenticate the individual's identity and allow access to
community assets via web-based single sign-on. at
credential may have been issued by a participating
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Focus Magazine - Summer 2015
From the President: Learning Delivery: What's Your Blend?
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Guest Editor: Surviving and Thriving in a Volatile Industry
Directions: Let the Networking Commence!
Front of the Room: Dig Deeper
Neuroscience: Memory Garden
Sales Trainer Onboarding: A Fresh Approach at Bristol-Myers Squibb
Leading Cross-Functional Teams
Change Your Paradigm, Transform Your Network
What's the BIG Idea? 3 Tips to Open Doors
Is There a Kink in Your Leadership IV?
Identity Hubs: Secure, Productive Collaboration
How Much Will the Next 5 Minutes Matter?
Virtual How: How Companies are Centralizing Training Functions
5 Questions with Peter Bregman
Focus Magazine - Summer 2015