SIGS Special Interest Group
2nd IAM Forum

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Target Audience Professionals which are interested in the topic Identity & Access Management

From Consultancies and Resellers/ Integrators are only technical peoples (which are involved in this topic in their daily job) allowed to take part – max. one participant per company. Vendors and people with a Sales/Marketing role are not authorized as participants.

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Location Hilton Zurich Airport Hotel
Hohenbuehlstrasse 10
8152 Opfikon-Glattbrugg

There are a lot of free park places available.
Train: railway station Zurich Airport – take the hotel shuttle

Date of Event 5th September 2019
Further planned date for 2019: 26th November 2019
Language English
Participation Costs Fr. 55.— per participants
Organization, presentations, beverages and apéro riche included



1:30 – 2:00 Registration & Coffee
2:00 – 2:45 Christoph Graf, Programme Leader at SWITCH edu-ID

SWITCH edu-ID – federated identities for the Swiss academic community
SWITCH operates the identity federation of the Swiss academic community since 2005. It federates 60+ identity providers, covering more than 1500 services for currently around 500’000 users. To respond to relevant trends, the architecture of this federation is currently undergoing major changes.

We discuss the existing architecture of this federation and the reasons leading to its re-shaping towards offering user-centric, persistent identities under the new brand SWITCH edu-ID. To round up: things done, things up next and ideas for the future.

2:45 – 3:30 Max Meier, Senior Technical Architect at AXA Switzerland
Max Meier is working as Senior Technical Architect Security at AXA Switzerland. For more than 25 years his focus has been on security topics. Formerly as mainframe security engineer and head of security services. Since 2011 he is working as technical security architect.
He works regular in several projects and his core competence is identity and access management with focus on security.

In addition to his work as architect he is lecturer at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. There he teaches in “Identity and Access Management” for master or bachelor educations in Information Security and Data Privacy Officer (DPO).

Identity Federation and SAML@AXA
In a company like AXA Switzerland, more and more internet faced applications for customers (B2C) are being used. Also cloud applications for the employees (B2E) are growing fast for which secure connections are required.

This experience report shows the solution approach chosen by AXA Switzerland for the secure connection to B2C and B2E applications.

3:30 – 4:15 Coffee Break
4:15 – 4:45 Andreas Blatzheim, System Engineer at Micro Focus

Strategic SSO
What could be archived with the different SSO protocols. Where can Kerberos be used? Why is SAML still important? And what is the difference to oAuth/OIDC.

This track is an short introduction into the available SSO technologies. It creates a rough overview which protocol should be used when and how technology could drive a SSO strategy.

4:45 – 5:30 Rountable
by Andreas Fuhrman, on behalf of SIGS

Identity Federation: “Nightmare” or “Salvation”?
SAML, IdP, SP, SSO, OAuth, WSFed, SCIM, federated identity management - these are all terms tossed around the internet, but you might be confused what they actually mean. What compounds the confusion is the constant misuse and mixing of the terms to describe authentication systems. But what are the real requirements of the business and what are the technical facts, how do they match?

Let’s talk about your business requirements and let’s face the technical facts, that are available.

5:30 – 6:00 Sascha Patak, Partner at Goetz & Patak Rechtsanwälte
Dr. iur. Sascha Daniel Patak, attorney at law, is partner at Goetz & Patak Rechtsanwälte in Küsnacht. He specialized in data protection and IT-law and was enrolled as a software developer and system admin in Banks and other companies. Sascha Patak is lecturer for IT-Law at the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich and local mayor of Erlenbach ZH.

Data Federation – Pandoras Box of data protection and legal contracting?
Data Federation, accessing distributed data in a virtual database, is a demanding legal task for any company and their partners. The focus will be set on the legal contracting difficulties and possible solution for Swiss law (with a side-glance to GDPR).


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