1. What is the mission and vision of PlainID?
Our mission: PlainID’s mission is to provide frictionless user experiences while maintaining security and the highest levels of data privacy and compliance. PlainID helps businesses advance and modernize by simply and securely connecting people with the digital assets they need to do their jobs, accomplish tasks at scale and conduct digital commerce. By making authorization decisions simple, smart, granular, and dynamic, PlainID helps enterprises control who can access what, when, and how on whose authority. Enterprises and organizations worldwide use PlainID to securely connect their employees, customers, and partners with the digital assets they continuously need, on-demand. Our vision: PlainID envisions a world where it’s easy to connect identity (employee, business partner, customer, machine account, system account) to any application, service, or data—with assurance. In the future, we believe that PlainID will be behind every connection between an identity and a digital service: monitoring, securing, and validating it. Authorization is the foundation of security: it’s the last mile that governs what people actually can do.
2. Why is trustworthy digital identity critical for existing and emerging markets?
Digital identities managed through Identity Platforms have grown exponentially in size and relevance. The convergence of market dynamics (user experience, security, and data governance) coupled with the dynamic evolution of ever-increasing security risk vectors has caused the perfect storm of variables for breaches and attacks to occur. Traditional Identity providers provide authentication around the perimeter, but what is the perimeter today in a world of cloud computing? Security must cut through the enterprise and protect digital assets and data that malicious actors may be trying to access. As a result, a paradigm shift to “Identity-First Security” is becoming the de-facto security model for securing the enterprise organization, and Authorization management & control is a centric and crucial part of that architecture.
3. How will digital identity transform the Canadian and global economy? How does your organization address challenges associated with this transformation?
Digital identity must ensure secure access to digital assets. It unlocks a range of essential services now available online, for use as an employee or a consumer. Organizations and individuals can now do business anywhere around the globe with a few clicks of a button. Our organization takes the security of connecting identities to digital assets to the next, critical level – authorization. Market adoption for authorization has been driven by the convergence of traditional identity and access management and cybersecurity requirements. In the future, we believe that PlainID will be behind every connection between an identity and a digital service: monitoring, securing, and validating it. Authorization is the foundation of security: it’s the last mile that governs what people actually can do.
4. What role does Canada have to play as a leader in this space?
As in other countries, digital identity and its security are crucial to the growth of the Canadian economy. As Canadians continue to increase their use of digital services, regulations around trusted digital architecture need to be imposed to enable the right control of who can access what, when, and how on whose authority. And no more.
5. Why did your organization join the DIACC?
PlainID’s mission is to provide frictionless user experiences while maintaining security and the highest levels of data privacy and compliance.
6. What else should we know about your organization?
PlainID is the global leader in Authorization as a Service. We provide an extensible authorization platform for securely connecting identities to digital assets across the enterprise, at scale. We make Authorization management plain and simple, across your technology stack and your business ecosystem. Powered by Policy-Based Access Control (PBAC), PlainID’s AuthZ Platform provides Centralized Policy Management with Distributed Enforcement dynamically across vital enterprise access points. Our customers use PlainID to strengthen traditional Identity & Access Management AuthZ, deploy Identity-First Security initiatives (including Zero Trust), and meet Data Access / Governance AuthZ requirements. The PlainID Platform offers a SaaS-based management console and pre-built connectors (Authorizers), extending modern AuthZ to API gateways, microservices, SaaS applications, data brokers, and beyond.