Identity Defined Security Alliance Partners with National Cyber Security Alliance to Launch First-Ever 'Identity Management Day' April 13, 2021
DENVER, Feb. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 announced the first ever ‘Identity Management Day,’ an annual awareness event which will take place on the second Tuesday in April each year. The inaugural Identity Management Day will be held on April 13, 2021.
What is Identity Management Day?
Research by the IDSA reveals that 79% of organizations have experienced an identity-related security breach in the last two years, and 99% believe their identity-related breaches were preventable. According to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, as many as 81% of hacking-related breaches leverage weak, stolen, or otherwise compromised passwords.
“Raising awareness around identity management is especially critical after a barrage of identity-based beaches made headlines in the past year, including Twitter, Marriott, and Nintendo,” said Julie Smith, Executive Director of the IDSA. “Additionally, the ongoing pandemic has accelerated digital transformation initiatives that support changes in how we work and how we live day-to-day, putting organizations at greater risk. Our hope is that an industry-led Identity Management Day will result in higher prioritization of identity security, and as a result, fewer data breaches in 2021 and beyond.”
“It’s a foregone conclusion that threat actors are exploiting abnormal times to intensify cyberattacks against businesses and consumers alike,” said Kelvin Coleman, Executive Director of NCSA. “As we’ve seen with initiatives like Data Privacy Day and Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an impactful, wide reaching campaign to highlight the need for increased awareness, education and vigilance about cybersecurity hygiene is integral to creating effective deterrent behaviors and minimizing security risks for organizations and the public at large.”
“The reality is that cyberattackers no longer ‘hack’ in at all – they simply log in, taking advantage of people who do not take even some of the most basic steps to properly secure their identities,” said Brad Shewmake, Director of Communications, Centrify, and Chairman of Identity Management Day. “Identity Management Day will be critical in educating users across all industries, regions, and roles about the consequences of weak or default credentials falling into the wrong hands.”
Ways to participate include:
Stay tuned for more information on Identity Management Day events happening on April 13.
To learn more about and get involved in Identity Management Day 2021, please visit www.identitymanagementday.org.
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