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Identity management in the cloud emerges as hot-button issue for CIOs

Carolyn Duffy Marsan | March 13, 2012
As Sallie Mae migrates some of its most important applications to the cloud, the nation's largest provider of college loans is keeping an eye on compliance.

Companies that do migrate their IAM infrastructure to the cloud will reap savings of at least 30%, says Eric Maass, CTO of Lighthouse Security Group, which sells a hosted IAM service based on IBM's platform.

"The savings come from hardware and data center space, but mostly people and time," Maass says. "You need people to build out a large IBM, Oracle or CA identity management system. That can easily be a half-million or million-dollar investment. There's a large cost avoidance with a hosted application in salaries, administration, patch management and upgrades."


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