Earlier this month, I attended the RSA Conference in San Francisco and once again it was an excellent opportunity to meet many customers, analysts, media, prospective customers and of course colleagues. During the course of the conference, I found a couple of themes continued to surface in conversations:
Bring your own device (BYOD) – with the proliferation and popularity of tablet devices, more and more IT professionals are faced with how to securely accommodate access for these new devices which people want to be able to use everywhere. For those of you in this situation and looking for ways to connect a senior executive’s iPad to a virtual machine so they can work from that, have a look at this short video to give you an idea of how the folks on our Virtualization team can help you out.
Moving the access management decisions from IT to the business – to be fair, this was more of a theme that we at the Quest booth kept bringing up, but I list it here specifically because it seemed to resonate so well with everyone we spoke with. Executives on the business side of things liked the idea of having the ability to see who has access, who is requesting access and the ability to approve or decline access so they can maintain stringent controls in compliance with industry regulations. On the flip side, the IT executives I spoke with really liked the idea of automating many of those processes and relieving some of the burden on their teams to be the gatekeepers to important data, while still maintaining a degree of security and control through the automated workflows so they aren’t giving away the "keys to the kingdom". One of the elements we showed in our booth was a simple, three minute cartoon video that explains our approach to solving the challenges of IAM and if you didn’t get a chance to see it at RSA, you can watch it here.
Finally, we had a lot of positive feedback to our new website which was launched during RSA. We heard “It’s a clearer, solution-focused and no longer a tool set” and “it makes sense now”. I’m happy to report that it was a hit! So, if you didn't get a chance to pop by the Quest booth and see the Identity and Access Management products we were showcasing, I hope to see you next year, and in the meantime, be sure to visit the new Quest IAM webpage for more information.