In the era of a mass digital transformation, employees and customers can access the data and application from any place in the world and with any device of their choice. So, we can openly say that in this digital age, Identity has become the prime gatekeeper of the security and enabler of businesses. Identity Governance plays a vital role in organizations to manage identities and meet audit and compliance requirements. With growing business complexities and competition, organizations are becoming more data driven, cloud ready and security and privacy focused. In other words, organizations are exploiting Digital Transformation capabilities intending to bring buyers closer to market along with improved operational efficiency. Digital Transformation requires organizations to have real-time visibility on the changes in the infrastructure e.g., new added applications, visibility on who has access to what and why, automation with timely access provisioning/de-provisioning cycles, etc.
- Managing an identity governance infrastructure
Managing an identity governance infrastructure is not an easy task and the complexity grows as you scale. That is why a successful Digital Transformation requires implementing an effective Identity Governance solution that tracks all the dependencies across the different business stakeholders and manages risk while transitioning from a legacy to the next-gen IGA platform.
Therefore, Identity governance is now a critical component of most organizations’ identity and access management strategies. It allows businesses to securely provide automated access to digital resources, while at the same time managing compliance risks. Identity governance is also mainly concerned with three things – govern the identity lifecycle, govern access lifecycle and secure privileged access for administration.
- How Effective Is Identity Governance?
Managing identities is crucial. If done well, you will be able to simultaneously protect your employees and put them at ease, making it easier for them to be as productive as possible. Be it password management, access requests, or any other governance type, they are all worth investing in. Automating some facets of identity governance can be especially helpful and save IT administrators time to put towards business needs of higher importance than fielding service requests all day.
The benefits of modern Identity Governance solutions go beyond security. Modern Identity Governance solutions empower organizations with automated workflows that can streamline access requests, detect permission discrepancies, and handle temporary assignments to help your IT team prioritize other projects, thus, eliminating human errors. Organizations can also manage their non-employee identities e.g., third-party vendors, partners, etc. without disruptions and ensure strict monitoring of their access in the network. With structured workflows, it is easier to meet audit requirements. Additionally, Identity governance allows organizations to verify that the right controls are in place to meet the security and regulatory compliance requirements. Consequently, modern Identity Governance not only simplifies Identity workflows but also protects the security of the enterprise.
- Build a culture of identity governance
To make the digital transformation more successful, the companies should build up a culture of identity governance. What does this look like? Identity governance culture means that the people in an organization, at every level, understand why identity management is important. They perceive that poor access controls can lead to data breaches and other negative security incidents, so they realise that the complex system integrations and technological layers of digital transformation need clear identity controls in order to work.
A company with an identity governance culture will embed strong identity management into everyday work streams. People will want to follow processes instead of feeling pressured to – and circumventing them. For example, a bad habit such as password sharing, which might have been tolerated previously, will no longer occur because employees and other stakeholders recognize that it is a high-risk behavior. Digital transformation can happen without a strong commitment to building an identity governance culture, but it probably won’t go well. Identity governance is an elemental success factor in the digital transformation. The degree of application and data integration required for DX, along with its tendency to connect multiple business entities, make rigorous identity management an imperative.
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