Mike Kiser is insecure. He has been this way since birth, despite holding a panoply of industry positions over the past 20 years—from the Office of the CTO to Security Strategist to Security Analyst to Security Architect—that might imply otherwise. In spite of this, he has designed, directed, and advised on large-scale security deployments for a global clientele.
He is currently in a long-term relationship with fine haberdashery, is a chronic chronoptimist (look it up), and delights in needlessly convoluted verbiage. He has been a speaker on topics ranging from identity governance to security analytics, network security, and various related privacy issues, and is the co-host of a podcast illuminating all things identity. He warmly embraces the notion that security is more of a state of mind than a destination.
13 Treasures in 81 Minutes: Identity, Data Privacy, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Heist
In the early hours of March 18, 1990, two men entered the Gardner Museum. They left 81 minutes later with 13 pieces of artwork, including two Rembrandts, a Vermeer, a Degas, and an ancient Chinese vase. The heist remains unsolved today, with no leads and no suspects — and the museum is offering a $10 million prize for the safe return of the pieces.
Given that background, you might assume that this was another session about zero trust. It’s not.
The massive reward offered by the Gardner speaks to the value it places on its artwork. Recently, a growing emphasis on data privacy has sought to treat identities and their associated data as valuable works of art as well, worthy of protection and compensation for use — attempting to return control of identity data to the user. Through the lens of the Gardner theft, we’ll evaluate the current proposals, legislation, and concepts around user-owned data and explore the benefits and pitfalls of each.
We'll step through the heist, recreate those 81 minutes, and discover how identity data is not the “new oil” — it’s the new Vermeer. Note: If we somehow crack the case together, we'll split the $10 million between us all.