The IDPro® 2021 Holiday Gift List

During the season of giving, there’s always at least one person on the list that seems impossible to buy for. This year, skip the last-minute dash for yet another overpriced candle or gourmet popcorn tin and give something they likely hadn’t thought to give themselves? Or, if you’re ahead of the game and have already finished your holiday shopping, treat yourself! 

We’ve compiled a list of digital identity-themed gifts that can advance an identity practitioner’s career, and also provide some unique experiences for anyone interested in the identity and access management industry.  

We may be a bit biased, but the #1 recommendation on our list is the CIDPRO™ – Certified Identity Professional – program that launched earlier this year. The CIDPRO certification offers a range of benefits such as credibility and employability within the industry as having proven, vendor-neutral-identified, foundational IAM knowledge. Developed with the help of a diverse team of global identity professionals, CIDPRO is a long-awaited, rigorous, vendor-neutral certification program. The globally credentialed CIDPRO exam is available for participation and registration to earn the CIDPRO designation and badge is easy!

As in-person events make their comeback, what better way to get back into the swing of things than attending Identiverse®? Join IAM peers in Denver, Colorado next June to experience unparalleled education, collaboration, and insight into the future of Identity. Pros and novices won’t want to miss this unique event experience and the opportunity to participate alongside experts and fellow identity practitioners in information-rich sessions on the latest technologies, best practices, and industry trends. Register to attend and, if you’re feeling generous, register a friend and introduce them to the wide world of digital identity. (Reminder: The Call for Papers is still open until January 7, 2022.) 

The identity community is made up of a diverse group of individuals, working to promote privacy and information security across the industry. One of IDPro’s esteemed partners, the FIDO Alliance, is an identity organization that is dedicated to safeguarding digital presence and strengthening authentication. Other distinguished IDPro partners include the Kantara Initiative and the Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC). Kantara actively works to ensure secure, identity-based, online interactions while preventing misuse of personal information so that networks will become privacy-protecting and trustworthy environments. Finally, the DIACC advocates for an inclusive, privacy-enhancing digital ID strategy that works for all Canadians. Becoming a member of any of these organizations is an excellent way to further immerse yourself in the growth of digital identity and expand your network. Learn more about membership opportunities for the FIDO Alliance, the Kantara Initiative and the DIACC to discover how these organizations are making strides in the identity community. And don’t forget, membership with IDPro is always an impeccable option.

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday with digital identity programs, so make your list and check it twice! Set your friend, family member, or yourself up for success in 2022 by investing in the future and increasing expertise by participating in any or all of the programs outlined in this list. IDPro has a plethora of exciting activities coming up in the new year, so be sure to stay tuned for new opportunities to get involved. Happy holidays from IDPro!

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