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Machine Identity in Cybersecurity and IAM
Machine Identity in Cybersecurity and IAM
Who it's for:
  • InfoSec Professionals
  • Risk Office / Owners 
  • IT / Cybersecurity Liaisons 
  • Technology / Site Reliability Engineers (SRE) / DevOps Teams
  • Business Process Owners
  • Application Developers
  • Government / Regulatory Bodies

Machine Identity in Cybersecurity and IAM

Release Date: 09/19/2023

Identity management is a crucial aspect of information security, as it ensures that only authorized individuals and entities have access to sensitive data and resources. With the increasing use of technology in today's organizations, identity management has expanded to include (but is not limited to) machine identities (anything other than human), such as device identities, digital identities, and workload identities. This whitepaper aims to define machine identities, explore their history and significance, and provide best practices for managing and governing the risks associated with them.

Key Takeaways

In this article, we aim to provide an overview of:
  • Definition of Machine Identities
  • Background History
  • Differences From Human Identities
  • Protecting Machine Identities
  • Challenges with Machine Identities
  • Best Practices
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Acknowledgements

Rajat Dubey
Rajat Dubey
Cybersecurity Expert, Allianz Commercial

Rajat Dubey

Cybersecurity Expert, Allianz Commercial

Rajat is an accomplished cybersecurity expert with over 13 years of experience safeguarding critical systems and data for global enterprises. His expertise spans cyber risk assessment, compliance, threat modeling, incident response, Penetration testing, Ethical hacking, Digital Forensic, Cloud Security and emerging technologies (AI, Blockchain, IoT, Quantum computing) for enhanced security.

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Faye Dixon

Faye Dixon

Ravi Erukulla
Ravi Erukulla

Ravi Erukulla

Ravi Erukulla is a long-time Identity Security enthusiast and is particularly passionate about simplifying the way Identity Security products are built and adopted. Ravi brings two decades of industry experience in identity, security, and technology solutions. In his current role as VP of Analyst Relations and Customer Advocacy at Saviynt, Ravi is responsible for driving analyst relations, industry alliance partnerships, and customer advoca...

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Jonathan Flack
Principal Architect, Cloud & Security Architecture. Under contract to the Department of the Air Force

Jonathan Flack

Principal Architect, Cloud & Security Architecture. Under contract to the Department of the Air Force

Jonathan Flack is a 30 year veteran engineer with extensive expertise in large scale distributed systems and security, serving in Principal or Executive roles. In addition to retaining hands on keyboard with his team, notable areas of focus include NIST 800-63, NIST 800-218 and NIST 800-207 (Zero Trust), software supply chain, and various governance compliance regimes. Recent work includes direct collaboration with the US Department of Defe...

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Ramesh Gupta
Ramesh Gupta

Ramesh Gupta

Ramesh has 20+ years of experience in IT industry serving various industries such as Financials, Manufacturing and Healthcare and across different service lines such as Applications, Infrastructure and Cloud Services as Director / Client Delivery Executive / Senior Project / Program / Portfolio Manager. In his latest role as Director of Cybersecurity at NTT Data Services, he is responsible for digital offering development across IAM / App S...

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Shruti Kulkarni
Shruti Kulkarni
Cyber Security Architect at 6point6 & PhD Student

Shruti Kulkarni

Cyber Security Architect at 6point6 & PhD Student

I am a security professional with experience across various domains of security. I work in defining organisation’s security strategy, security architecture and security practices. Translating business objectives and risk management strategies into specific security processes enabled by security technologies and services. I work on gap analysis, design, implementation and...

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Alon Nachmany
Alon Nachmany

Alon Nachmany

Alon Nachmany is a highly accomplished cybersecurity professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He is recognized as a thought leader in the field and has been named one of the top 40 under 40 in cybersecurity by Top Cyber News Magazine. Additionally, Alon serves as a Board Member for multiple organizations.

Throughout his career, Alon has led teams and delivered global safeguards to Fortune 100 partners across a wi...

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Venkat Raghavan

Venkat Raghavan

Heinrich Smit
Heinrich Smit
CISO & Risk Management at Semperis

Heinrich Smit

CISO & Risk Management at Semperis

Heinrich is a recognized Information Protection and Zero Trust expert who started out in Law, and pivoted to his love of technology during the Tech Boom. He has led teams at software innovators and large financial institutions, has authored entire Information Security Policy stores, and has protected data at both 280,000 seat regulated enterprises and SAAS-based startup unicorns. He is passionate about Privacy and Zero Trust, as well as Def...

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David Strommer

David Strommer

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Paul Mezzera

Paul Mezzera

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Ansuman Mishra

Ansuman Mishra

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