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Identity Defined Security Alliance Kicks off #BeIdentitySmart Week October 25-29, 2021

The Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA), a nonprofit that provides vendor-neutral education and resources to help organizations reduce the risk of a breach by combining identity and security strategies, today kicked-off #BeIdentitySmart Week 2021, a virtual educational event which will take place during Cybersecurity Awareness Month, October 25-29, 2021. The mission of #BeIdentiySmart Week is to educate business leaders and IT decision makers on the importance of identity management and share best practices for implementing identity-centric security strategies. #BeIdentitySmart Week is held in conjunction with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and is a companion event to Identity Management Day, held the second Tuesday in April.

As part of the kick-off, the IDSA published a new ebook titled, “The Guide to Identity Defined Security.” The ebook is a vendor agnostic compilation of guidance developed by the IDSA’s 30+ identity and security vendors, solution providers, and CISO members. It covers identity security challenges, why an identity-defined security program is essential, the foundational role of identity in Zero Trust strategies, and most importantly, actionable steps to implement the Identity Defined Security Framework. Each day of #BeIdentitySmart Week, new content will be released around specific identity-security related themes, highlighting guidance on security outcomes and best practices from the IDSA’s technical working groups and experts on popular topics.

  • Monday, October 25: How to Start an Identity-Centric Security Program

  • Tuesday, October 26: Transforming Experience Through Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM)

  • Wednesday, October 27: The Growing Importance of Protecting Machine Identities

  • Thursday, October 28: Applying Identity to DevSecOps Tools and Processes

  • Friday, October 29: Improving Identity Insights with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

On Thursday, the IDSA will host a panel session titled, “What Does it Mean to #BeIdentitySmart?” featuring:

  • Rebecca Archambault, Trusted Identities Leader, Highmark Western and Northeastern New York

  • James Carder, Chief Security Officer and Vice President, LogRhythm Labs

  • Carlos Garcia, Sr Principal Architect, Optum

  • Julie Smith, Executive Director, IDSA

“The majority of data breaches making headlines are the result of a compromised credential. The Capital One, SolarWinds, and Colonial Pipeline breaches all involved poor identity security, such as weak or previously compromised passwords, not leveraging multi-factor authentication and single sign-on, or leaving standing privileges open,” said Julie Smith, Executive Director of the IDSA. “According to the 2021 Trends in Securing Digital Identities report, 79% of organizations reported suffering an identity-related breach within the last two years, and 93% believe they may have prevented or minimized security breaches if they had implemented specific identity-related security outcomes. The goal of #BeIdentitySmart Week is to help educate organizations and provide them with tools to put identity at the center of their security strategies and mitigate risk of an identity-related security breach.” Get Involved

The IDSA is calling on enterprises, government agencies, technology vendors, and individuals to participate and contribute to #BeIdentitySmart Week. Ways to participate include:

To learn more about #BeIdentitySmart Week 2021, please visit

To download a copy of “The Guide to Identity-Defined Security,” ebook, visit



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