Last week, our Open Digital Standards July 2021 event brought together vendors and end-user organizations from across the globe to discuss how the cross-industry development of open standards is helping businesses become digital-first. It was fantastic to have over 1,040 attendees from more than 90 countries gather virtually to discuss this critical roadmap to digital transformation.
Enterprise Architecture (EA) as an enterprise planning framework has its place and merits, yet it often falls short of real-world IT expectations. The traditional EA approach defines the to-be state architecture that may exist for a while but does not last long.
Last week, The Open Group Open Footprint™ Forum (OFP) held its first virtual event, June 23-24, 2021. It brought together experts from across the globe to introduce and demonstrate the work that has gone into the Forum since it launched in August 2020. Speakers, from a plethora of industry leading organizations such as Accenture, AWS, Deloitte, ERM, IBM, Infosys, Shell, WBCSD, and Wipro hosted sessions outlining the mission of the Open Footprint Forum, explanations of the Open Footprint Data Platform, as well as live demonstrations of the Platform to show its applicability to all industries.
On May 12, 2021, President Joe Biden issued the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. This EO enumerates that “…the prevention, detection, assessment, and remediation of cyber incidents is a top priority and essential to national and economic security.” The EO contains a significant level of detail regarding areas of improvement for federal IT systems, as well as policy responses to be implemented by the government in support of greater security for private and public IT systems. The EO mentions in some detail the shift to zero trust security as a part of what is needed to combat cyber threats, as well as increased reliance on enhanced supply chain security.
The Open Group, an international vendor- and technology-neutral standards and certification consortium, has been actively engaged in establishing a consistent and coherent vision of Zero Trust and Zero Trust Architecture across industry, academia, and governmental organizations for the last two years. In fact, The Open Group pioneered the underlying principles behind Zero Trust, under the aegis of the Jericho Forum® and the guidance that came from the Jericho Forum over the past two decades, including the Jericho Forum Commandments and Jericho Forum Identity Commandments.
The Open Group Security Forum is thrilled to announce that the Open FAIR™ Certification Program has officially reached more than 1000 Certified People! This milestone represents tremendous growth around Open FAIR and indicates widespread acceptance of the standard and approach of Open FAIR. This milestone is particularly impressive because roughly 18 months ago, the Open FAIR Certification Program had 600 Certified People.