According to the Global Risks Report (2022) “Cybersecurity failure” is one of the risks that worsened the most through COVID-19, with “cyber insurance pricing in the United States rising by 96% in the third quarter of 2021.”
Now, in a world where cyberattacks and digital threats are constantly evolving, business executives and IT teams are constantly under pressure to prevent unwarranted access to company resources. Assigning the right privileges and establishing a Zero Trust approach for end-users has become quintessential for the safety of organizations. However, implementing and maintaining an effective IAM system requires a smart allocation of current IT resources.
This framework can help organizations get started by outlining the key steps organizations need to take to design, deploy, and adopt IAM.
According to IBM, Identity and Access Management is “the security discipline that makes it possible for the right entities (people or things) to use the right resources (applications or data) when they need to, without interference, using the devices they want to use.”
With hybrid remote work, most organizations’ processes take place off-premises. This increases the chances of user impersonation and the exposure of critical assets. CIOs and tech executives must then provide safe access for remote users, including contractors and business partners. When properly adopted, IAM can increase business productivity and accelerate workflows while providing a safe environment for organizations.
To understand and adopt IAM, organizations must build upon two key components:
In order to set these policies and grant user access, organizations can use the following IAM tools: Single Sign-on (SSO), Multi-Factor Authentication, Adaptive Authentication, Automated provisioning, Cloud AD, and Mobile Apps solutions.
Safety is the main benefit of laying out a robust IAM strategy. Allowing IT to have a broader control of user access is also a relief that allows employees to focus on their work. Besides the obvious benefits there are other perks of using IAM:
An examination of existing and legacy systems is the best way to start building an IAM solution. Identifying gaps and opportunities early and often, and interacting with stakeholders. True to the two key components of IAM, the idea is to create a list of all user groups and access situations, as well as a basic set of requirements, and challenges before implementing IAM.
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