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Secure Digital Transformation with Identity and Access Management

Digital transformation comes down to using technology and data to drive innovation and better business outcomes. With regard to cyber security, digital transformation creates new requirements and new risks, as well. Cyber security therefore needs to be addressed through a comprehensive approach that allows users to benefit from these new services in total confidence, while ensuring effective IT risk management for the company.

Digital transition has its great influence on security at all stages of project implementation. The information system is much more open, data is unstructured and arriving in greater volumes.  Users become more diverse and increased, along with the advance of new technologies. All these changes impose adopting comprehensive approaches.

The Role of Identity and Access Management in the Enterprise

Employees, partners and customers need fast provisioning, successful management of application and data privileges, and the ability to shut off access when it is no longer needed. One of the business solutions for these goals, is  Identity and Access Management. It encompasses the entire enterprise, including all business units, individual locations, systems, access points, business partners and customers.

Organisations implement Identity and Access Management on per a system and application basis through the creation of user accounts and administering file permissions. IAM provides tools which are capable of enhancing the authentication systems by managing access to them more efficiently. This is where identity governance comes up to manage who has access to what, who should have access to what, and how that access is being used.

IAM architecture framework

IAM encompasses a broad range of enterprise tools and technologies within a distinct architecture supporting a set of interrelated processes. The IAM architecture framework consists of three core areas:

Directory services: they store identity and its attribute data configuration information, and policies. Directory technology provides an object-oriented, dynamically configurable repository with standards for access, security and information management. Directories are designed for fast response times to queries as the identity information is generally queried more often than it is updated.

Identity Provisioning and Administration: provides identity lifecycle management services, such as ID provisioning/de-provisioning, password management, approval-workflows.

Access Management: it refers to defining and evaluating security policies related to authentication, authorisation, auditing and privacy.  The access management tools certainly have administration capabilities, but their main focus is on authorisation. Access management tools enforce access control policies across heterogeneous environments. It includes technologies to authenticate and provide seamless access to organisation’s application estate. Federation is an approach to authenticate users across multiple sites within organisation.

In general, IAM systems allow organisations to introduce substantial improvements to security controls, achieve efficiency and budget savings, maintain data quality and, importantly, meet obligations to industry and regulatory compliance requirements. 43.9% of the organizations indicate that IAM is strategic, according to Kuppingercole research. That means that Identity and Access Management is one of the top business goals that companies plan to achieve through digital transformation.

PATECCO recommends the organizations to clearly define their Digital Transformation and to communicate it, to implement a comprehensive IAM, beyond Provisioning, with a focus on Access Governance and Privilege Management, to extend their IAM to support customers and consumers and to be compliant with EU GDPR at all levels.

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6 Reasons to Implement Identity and Access Management Solution

Nowadays security issues are a prime concern because most identity methods are not so effective. The more technology is improving, the more new threats are coming and IAM is needed to significantly mitigate them. Due to the amount of information which is stored, used and transmitted, companies must define certain restrictions regarding who is allowed to access data. Providing a secure access is a serious challenge to IT professionals who must simultaneously meet the needs of different users across numerous, disparate applications.

Meeting these demands across a variety of on-premises and cloud applications requires the use of agile identity and access management solutions. Effective IAM solutions help enterprises provide secure and efficient access to technology resources across diverse systems. They also deliver a number of significant benefits which is a good reason to implement Identity and Access Management Solution in your business.

1. Ensure Automated Deprovisoning:

Modern IAM solutions provide additional tools to help control user access, especially when a user’s credentials become compromised. One such control is automated deprovisioning of accounts. All too often, when it’s time to close the books on an engagement, an account remains active until someone in IT manually removes the account from the directory services and revokes the user’s access to all applications. When left to a human, this is a time-consuming process that is easily overlooked or even forgotten altogether. When this happens, your company is put at great risk, as these orphaned accounts still maintain access to systems and data, making them extremely attractive to attackers. Automated deprovisioning eliminates this risk. With a single, automated workflow, all user accounts tied to a person can be deactivated as soon as he or she leaves the organization.

2. Bring fast access with SSO

When users receive access through a centralized platform, they benefit from the use of single sign-on (SSO) technology. It limits the number of interactions they have with security systems and increases the likelihood that their legitimate attempts to access resources will succeed.

3. Take back control by full identity lifecycle management

The right IAM solution provides secure, full identity lifecycle management. Not only will the solution take care of the provisioning and deprovisioning of user accounts, but it will also manage resource access for all of an organization’s users. By providing a database of roles determined by location, manager, department, or other variables, IT administrators can easily assign users the proper entitlements. Some of these solutions even make this process as easy as dragging and dropping a user into a group. So, from day one of an individual’s employment, only the resources to which the user has privileges can be accessed and nothing more. As those needs change, the IAM solution’s full lifecycle management capabilities help by adding or removing necessary entitlements.

4. Working from anywhere and everywhere

Many businesses are also turning to cloud services to handle everything from data storage to applications and even infrastructure to help save money and put resources into the hands of experienced professionals. And, while these trends help businesses save money, improve efficiency, and make workers happier, they present organizations with enormous security risks. Because more systems and hardware have moved outside your network, this also puts data outside of IT and perimeter security controls. In some companies, the only control that IT has over an employee’s computer is the remote control software that IT uses when users need help.

Unfortunately, businesses and IT departments have no choice but to embrace these trends, so it is more important than ever to have a solution in place that is able to give users access to the data and systems they need, in a manner that is secure enough to keep out attackers. That is why IAM is so crucial.

5. Provide an additional layer of security

Compliance regulations often require the restriction of administrative accounts or at least a record of who has access to what. However, security-focused organizations recognize the true risk that poorly managed administrative accounts present and opt for IAM solutions that address compliance by providing greater security

Companies focused on achieving compliance, simply aren’t doing enough to address today’s security threats. Modern IAM solutions, with features like continuous access certification and PAM, provide an additional layer of security that enable you to lock down your organization’s most valuable assets, keeping your network resources, your intellectual property, and your customers’ data safe.

6. Reduced security costs

 Using a single IAM platform to manage all user access allows administrators to perform their work more efficiently. A security team may have some additional upfront work integrating new systems into an IAM platform but may then dedicate time to the management of that platform, saving time and money.

The threat landscape has changed. Attackers are targeting your users because they know if they can gain control of their accounts, they can eventually find confidential data. This reason is exactly why your organization needs to put as much effort into managing and controlling user accounts and their entitlements as you do with firewalls and intrusion prevention technologies. If your organization intends to go beyond compliance and into defence, IAM must be at the core of your security program.

For more information about other PATECCO solutions, check in the new e-guide: