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5 ways to connect with Microsoft Security at Identiverse 2022

  • Alex Simons Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Identity Program Management

Identiverse is where the industry gathers to discuss all things identity. The 2022 conference will take place June 21 to 24 in Denver, Colorado, and I’m absolutely thrilled that Microsoft will be there. At Identiverse, we’ll share how we help customers secure access in a hybrid, multicloud, and decentralized world—everyone needs a digital identity they own. Identity is the center of digital transformation and we always learn a ton from the experiences and ideas our partners, customers, and even competitors share. I’m eager to connect with our amazing partners and chat with new folks interested in identity and security. Here are five ways you can connect with us while there:

1. Attend my keynote

Alex Simons, CVP Identity Program Management

Alex Simons, Corporate Vice President, Identity Program Management

I’m honored to be delivering a keynote address from 8∶30 AM to 9∶00 AM Mountain Time on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in the Aurora Ballroom at the convention center. During my “Open Standards and the Identity Trust Fabric” keynote, I’ll share our vision for the future of identity, and highlight critical open standards efforts that will form the foundation of the identity trust fabric we need to secure the hybrid, multicloud, decentralized world of tomorrow.

I don’t want to give too much away but can share a few hints. Expect to hear my thoughts on privacy and portability (they’re a priority!), on cross-cloud (it exists and is important!), and on the ability to secure this new infused world (it’s possible!). And of course, there will be a demo!

2. Check out our Microsoft-sponsored sessions

From left to right: Principal Product Manager David Gregory, Principal Program Manager Ramiro Calderon, Principal Program Manager for Decentralized Identity Ankur Patel, and Senior Product Manager Nick Wryter.

We’re sponsoring a few sessions in the main theater at the conference:

  • Microsoft Presents: Upgrade from AD FS to Azure AD cloud auth: We led a session on this topic in 2020. In this 25-minute session, Microsoft Principal Product Manager David Gregory and Microsoft Principal Program Manager Ramiro Calderon will explore how the accelerated digital transformation that started in 2020 exposed the challenges of using on-premises federation servers.
  • Faster onboarding with verifiable credentials: In this 15-minute session in Theater 1 on the Expo floor, Microsoft Principal Program Manager for Decentralized Identity Ankur Patel pulls back the curtain on verified ID to reveal a simpler, cost-saving approach to onboarding.  
  • Evaluating your identity risks with a comprehensive cloud infrastructure assessment: During this 15-minute session in Theater 2 on the Expo floor, Senior Product Manager Nick Wryter will discuss how a cloud infrastructure assessment and machine learning-based detection can help companies identify top risks across workloads.

3. Enjoy conversations with us

If you’re like us, you’ve missed in-person events like Identiverse. As appreciative as I am of fast-acting planners who took in-person conferences virtual, I’m thrilled to meet face-to-face again—as are the other members of the Microsoft team. We’ll be attending all Identiverse receptions and are excited to meet people who share our interest in identity:

  • Welcome reception and Expo Hall Grand Opening—6∶00 PM to 8∶00 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
  • Speaker Reception—8∶00 PM to 9∶00 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
  • Expo Hall Reception—5∶00 PM to 7∶00 PM Mountain Time on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
  • Expo Hall Reception—6∶00 PM to 10∶00 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

Hope to see you at one or more of these networking opportunities!

4. Visit us in Expo Booth #1215

Speaking of how much we enjoy face-to-face conversations, we’ll be in Booth #1215 in the Expo Hall throughout the conference, not far from the VIP meeting lounge. In our booth, you can chat with our solution experts and schedule a private meeting with Microsoft in our hospitality suite. (Complete this form to schedule a meeting with Microsoft executives.)

Curious about Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), part of Microsoft Entra; Microsoft Entra Permissions Management; or Microsoft Entra Verified ID? See these Microsoft identity solutions in action at one of three demo stations in our booth.

5. Attend Microsoft earned sessions

Microsoft will deliver more than a dozen sessions at Identiverse. Topics will include verifiable credentials, OAuth demonstration of proof of possession, the impact of Zero Trust standards, and how novel identity attacks bypass your defenses. Session highlights include:

  • Hey FIDO, Meet Passkey!: 5∶30 PM to 5∶55 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, June 21, 2022—Microsoft Digital Identity Standards Architect Tim Cappalli and Microsoft Senior Program Manager Scott Bingham will introduce the big question: What would it take to rid the world of passwords? They’ll dive deep into the evolving landscape for strong, phishing-resistant authentication and into the security properties that enable passkeys to be used across consumer and enterprise use cases.
  • As Diverse as Our Adversaries: The Mandate, Challenges and Opportunities of Diversifying Leadership in Identity: 4∶10 PM to 5∶00 PM Mountain Time on Wednesday, June 22, 2022—Microsoft Director of Identity Security Alexander Weinert and Microsoft Principal Product Manager Nicole Hart will discuss the importance of defenders matching—or even exceeding—the diversity of organizations attacking identity systems. They’ll also talk about the challenges of finding, hiring, and retaining talent and what it means to “go first” as a diverse leader in identity.
  • Beg, Borrow, or Steal: MFA Compromise on the Rise: 4∶00 PM to 4∶25 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, June 23, 2022—Microsoft Senior Program Manager Sarah Handler and Senior Data Scientist Sergio Romero will share stories of attacks leveraging multifactor authentication through phishing, token replay, and abusing multifactor authentication fatigue. They’ll offer ways for organizations to reduce their risk and considerations for the industry to strengthen authentication in the future.

Looking forward to seeing you at Identiverse!

There’s so much to see and do at Identiverse while surrounded by the brightest minds in the identity space. I’m looking forward to meeting as many attendees as possible and hope you’re among them!

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