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How Effective is Your IAM System?

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Does your current identity and access management system pass muster? In this second blog, we take a look at what today’s IAM solutions need to be able to handle and why you need a solution that can manage all stages of the IAM life cycle – without requiring help from the IT department.

Today’s organisations are rapidly adopting new technologies like cloud, mobile and the Internet of Things to accelerate digital transformation. But securing these environments means taking back control of access management with an integrated appliance for web, mobile, cloud and all on premise applications.

Let’s take a look at just some of the challenges enterprise IT departments now have to cope with.

Challenge #1 Coping with a distributed workforce

Unleashing employees from traditional office settings and offering a flexible work environment can boost enterprise productivity while keeping expenses in check.

Today’s workforces are increasingly distributed, with employees working in a range of locations – office, home and multiple offsite locations. But this creates a challenge for IT teams.

How do you maintain a consistent experience for employees looking to connect to corporate resources, without sacrificing security?

What’s needed is a comprehensive and centrally managed IAM solution that delivers deep visibility into, and control over, employees’ work practices.

Challenge #2 – Dealing with distributed applications

The growth of software-as-a-service (SaaS) business apps like Salesforce and Office365 has further complicated the challenge of managing user identities. But without a seamless way to access the applications, these users will struggle on a daily basis with password management. And that means IT gets hit with rising support demands from frustrated users.

What’s needed is an IAM solution that helps administrators to consolidate, control and simplify access to privileges – regardless of whether applications are hosted in traditional data centres, private or public clouds or a hybrid mix of all these environments.

Challenge #3 – Improving the user experience

The growth of cloud-based applications means employees need to remember a growing number of passwords for applications and are faced with a range of different authentication and attribute-sharing standards and protocols.

Having to manage an ever growing list of passwords – which for some applications may require changing every 30 days – means employees need to constantly contact IT staff for help.

The answer is to implement a next generation IAM solution that makes password issues a thing of the past, by federating user identity and enabling single sign-on to multiple domains.

Challenge #4 – Corporate governance

Tasked with managing corporate data governance to meet the requirements of regulatory standards like HIPPA, PCI DSS, the the UK’s Data Protection Act, IT departments need to be able to control access privileges for specific employees, track management approvals, and document who has accessed what data.

Solutions like IBM’s Security Identity Manager, for example, make it easy to automate the creation and modification of user privileges according to each individual’s job role using a rules-based system.

In our next blog, we’ll explore how a good IAM system can address the security and productivity challenges posed by an increasingly mobile workforce.

If you’d like to talk to one of our IAM experts to find out more about how to implement a holistic yet effective enterprise data security platform for your company, then give one of our team a call today on: 01344 386000. Alternatively, you can send an email to: