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Role Management – Demonstrating value, or not

By Kevin Kampman | August 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Those of you who attended Catalyst in San Diego in 2009 may remember the lively panel on Role Management’s Evolution. The participants included Edward Coyne of SAIC, representing InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), David Laurance of JPMC, Alan O’Connor of RTI, Robert Amos of NuStar Energy LP, and Paul Rarey of Safeway. The panel provided a candid perspective on the adoption of role management in organizations; details of the panel discussion were published in the blog “Role” World Challenges.

In the course of the conversation, Alan O’Connor identified that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the government sponsor for the role-based access control (RBAC) standard (ANSI INCITS 359-2004), will be soliciting real-world investment information on the implementation and benefits of role management. The purpose of this effort, ultimately, is to justify new government funding for the refinement of the RBAC standard, and also to provide organizations with information that can be used to demonstrate value in their own situations.

The survey was finally launched in August 2010. Sponsored by NIST, this solicitation, entitled “The Economics of Access Control,” covers access control strategies and lifecycles, user provisioning, and compliance activities. The survey is located at The results will be published by the end of 2010 and contributors will receive a copy of the report. This is a perfect opportunity to provide your input and perceptions about RBAC and related activities and to shape the standards activities in the future.

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