Identity management (IdM) is an essential discipline in today’s increasingly complex information and operational technology environments. Organizations must efficiently provide secure and compliant access to large numbers of users across more systems and applications than ever – and at the same time be able to state accurately who has access to which systems and who granted that access. Additionally, many organizations are operating in a climate of strict regulatory compliance with an increased need for effectiveness.
The ability to gain effective control of identity and access management (IAM) processes across an enterprise landscape is often hindered by large numbers of embedded legacy systems and dependence on multiple directories and systems for managing authorized access. In many cases, departments and groups across an organization are responsible for various aspects of the IAM process.
Likewise, technology solutions are often focused on just one segment of the overall IdM requirements, and the convergence of technology and governance (an organization’s use of technology) further complicates matters. In that regard, IdM is no different than enterprise resource planning, enterprise asset management, and other systems where, historically, enterprise requirements/benefits and the progression of technology have resulted in silos of data, management, and control. The challenges associated with managing discrete components of an enterprise’s identity authentication and access authorization program point to the need for an integrated IAM platform.
Such a platform should focus on several critical requirements: the platform should provide real-time visibility of identity and access status across all of the enterprise’s systems and applications; it should be embedded within the culture of everyone connected to the organization; and it should be able to readily support operational changes and future needs.
Ultimately, an integrated enterprise IAM platform should deliver five primary benefits:
As organizations address the challenges of mitigating cybersecurity risks, managing all aspects of IdM within an integrated enterprise IAM platform is one of the most intelligent ways to achieve these benefits expediently and cost-effectively. The right IAM solution enables organizations to better understand who has access to what, why, and who approved that access, even as the number of users, devices, systems, and applications continues to grow exponentially.
If you would like more information about how the right IAM solution can transform your organization, contact Ray Brisbane via phone (571.483.2735) or via email at (firstname.lastname@example.org).