Context and Intent: Nishant kicks the RBAC hornet’s nest

At the end of Tim Weil’s presentation on RBAC at Catalyst last month, Nishant asked a basic question: is the NSIT RBAC model sufficient and complete?  Not receiving a satisfactory answer, he has taken his question to the blogosphere.

Nishant’s question touches upon two of the hobgoblins of identity: context and intention.  I talked about issues of context years ago in an unrefined form.

This week I have been out here in Utah working at Burton Group’s headquarters trying to figure out what I will be researching in the coming quarters.  I have not found my research topics yet, but in conversations with the team it is becoming clear to me that lurking behind a lot of the topics we’d like to dig into are the problems of describing context and recognizing intentionality.  We’ll see what the coming months of research uncover.

No, I didn’t steal the shirt; I actually do work for Burton Group

I have interacted, both socially and professionally, with Burton Group in a variety of ways over many years.  The quality of people, their integrity, and the quality of their work have always impressed me.  In short, Burton Group is the kind of place I want to work for and the people are the kind of eccentric, entertaining people that I love being around.

After a few years in the making, I have joined Burton Group as a senior analyst on the Identity and Privacy Strategies team.  The first day at a new job is always a little gut churning.  When that first day is the first day of the Catalyst conference it gets even more interesting.

Today I found myself on stage with the rest of the team during the Identity Management market overview presentation.  Stoically silent, I scanned the room for friends in the industry.  Needless to say there were more than a few very surprised people.

As my first real act as an analyst I recorded an introductory podcast – Not bad as an intro.  Obviously, there will be more to come as I take on my research projects.  Stay tuned!