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Intelligent Identity Management

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In this final blog in our Identity Access Management series we look at how organisations can use next-generation IAM solutions to more efficiently manage user identities and access.

As security threats increase and government regulations require demonstrable control over users and data, the pressure is on for organisations to evolve their security management.

For companies that need to combat the risk of insider threat and cope with the challenge of tightened regulatory control requirements and the new General Data Protection Regulation, the need for strong yet optimised identities is more important than ever.

That means ensuring that the right users have the right access to sensitive data and applications, and having the ability to evaluate regulatory compliance across enterprise applications and services.

Enhance security with identity governance

In the past, granting and managing access has traditionally been the domain of IT professionals. Leaving the rest of the organisation with little visibility into how user access actually aligns with security and compliance requirements.

But as we’ve already seen, identity management can be a challenge – especially whenever the user population or application infrastructure grows. Granting a person access in one area requires a provisioning process that includes application-specific information about the user’s business role and work requirements. But it doesn’t end there.

Each user requires new access entitlements to support new job requirements or group membership. And that results in an exponential increase in the complexity of the identity management infrastructure – and a growing risk that security and compliance might be compromised.

As we’ve seen, solutions like IBM Security Identity Manager can help by automating the creation, recertification and termination of identities throughout the user lifecycle, providing a friendly user interface that simplifies provisioning requests and helps managers make intelligent decisions for their employees.

But the ability to maintain strong control over user access to applications and monitor how entitlements align with business roles and responsibilities is essential to meeting compliance requirements.

And that’s where solutions like IBM Security Identity Governance and Intelligence can help.

Break the compliance pain chain

IBM Security Identity Governance enables organisations to adopt a business-centric approach to identity and access governance that significantly simplifies the review and certification of user access.

But that’s not all. The solution also delivers detailed analysis of roles and entitlements, and how these align with business processes and rules. That helps ensure that the appropriate levels of access are applied and enforced across all types of enterprise applications, making it an integral part of an organisation’s compliance and risk strategy.

Providing a single identity governance foundation, IBM Security Identity Governance delivers deep visibility into user access and policies by consolidating access entitlements from enterprise applications and structuring these into business roles.

Compliance managers can trigger the access review and recertification process required by regulations and auditors, driving workflows to coordinate access certification. From a single screen business managers can either approve or revoke access rights, and monitor any separation of duties (SoD) violations or potential conflicts.

Evaluating the gains

Identity governance is often an afterthought – something that IT or security teams work on after other identity and access management controls are in place.

But by aligning governance related policies and rules with all identity management processes, organisations can achieve continual and sustainable compliance. And that reduces the need for after-the-fact fixes and expensive error-prone manual remediation.

It’s a streamlined approach that helps organisations to control and make business decisions related to user access and user risks, makes it easy to monitor enterprise-wide access from a single view and streamlines access certifications. All of which frees up IT staff for other activities.

If you’d like to find out more about how to implement a holistic yet effective enterprise data security platform for your company, get in touch with one of our IAM experts today.