Identity Defined Security Alliance Announces #BeIdentitySmart Week October 25-29, 2021

Week aims to educate and engage business leaders and IT decision makers on the importance of managing and securing digital identities

DENVER, October 5, 2021 — 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 #BeIdentitySmart Week 2021, an informational event which will take place during Cybersecurity Awareness Month, October 25-29, 2021.

What is #BeIdentitySmartWeek?

The mission of #BeIdentiySmart Week is to educate business leaders and IT decision makers on the importance of identity management and share best practices for implementing identity-centric security strategies. #BeIdentitySmart Week is held in conjunction with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and is a companion event to Identity Management Day, held the second Tuesday in April. With the week-long format, each day of #BeIdentitySmartWeek will feature a specific identity-security related theme, highlighting guidance on security related outcomes and best practices from experts on popular topics.

  • Monday, October 25: How to Start an Identity-Centric Security Program
  • Tuesday, October 26: Transforming Experience Through Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM)
  • Wednesday, October 27: The Growing Importance of Protecting Machine Identities
  • Thursday, October 28: Applying Identity to DevSecOps Tools and Processes
  • Friday, October 29: Improving Identity Insights with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

On Thursday, the IDSA will also host a panel session titled, “Making 2022 the Year to #BeIdentitySmart?” featuring:

IDSA research shows that 79% of organizations have experienced an identity-related security breach in the last two years, and 93% believe they might have prevented or minimized security breaches by using identity-related security outcomes,” said Julie Smith, Executive Director of the IDSA. “The goal of #BeIdentitySmartWeek is to help educate organizations and provide them with tools to put identity at the center of their security strategies, including frameworks, best practices, and security outcomes to mitigate risk of an identity-related security breach.

“Proper identity management is a central component in cybersecurity and digital privacy hygiene,” said Lisa Plaggemier, Interim Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we look forward to driving visibility of the importance of identity management and the easy tips that people can use to make sure their identities are safe online.”

Get Involved

The IDSA is calling on enterprises, government agencies, technology vendors, and individuals to participate and contribute to #BeIdentitySmart Week. Ways to participate include:

To learn more about and get involved in #BeIdentitySmart Week 2021, please visit

About the Identity Defined Security Alliance
The IDSA is a group of identity and security vendors, solution providers, and practitioners that acts as an independent source of thought leadership, expertise, and practical guidance on identity centric approaches to security for technology professionals. The IDSA is a nonprofit that facilitates community collaboration to help organizations reduce risk by providing education, best practices, and resources.

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