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CIOs Face Identity Crisis

LOST WAGES, Nev. -- Interop -- Lack of effective identity management products was cited as a major headache by IT managers and CIOs at this week's Interop event in Las Vegas.

With the reverberations from the high-profile security breaches at ChoicePoint and LexisNexis still rumbling, users are clearly devoting some serious thought to securing key data (see LexisNexis Begins Mailing Notifications).

Identity management, in particular, has been attracting a great deal of attention over recent months, as vendors roll out products to control who gets access to what across enterprise IT systems (see Identity Management Heats Up).

However, IT execs at Interop warned that existing products do not offer the breadth of functionality they need. Brad Senff, the chief technical officer at Phoenix-based Internet service provider Cybertrails [...to yoooou, until we meet again...] bemoaned the lack of an all-in one identity management solution. There’s no catch-all solution,” he says. “Everyone is looking for it, but it doesn’t exist."

A CIO from the healthcare sector, who asked not to be named, agrees that there are shortcomings in current off-the-shelf products. “They provide the applications and security infrastructure,” he says, "but they are less flexible in terms of data controls."

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