Identity and access management is a critical part of any enterprise security plan and it is tightly linked to the security and productivity of organizations in today’s digitally enabled economy. Fundamentally Identity and access management defines and manages the roles and access privileges of individual network users and the circumstances in which users are granted (or denied) those privileges. Those users are categorized into customers or employees. The main objective of IAM systems is one digital identity per individual. Once that digital identity has been established, it must be maintained, modified and monitored throughout each user’s “access lifecycle.”
Why does your business need IAM?
Identity management systems allow a company to extend access to its information systems across a variety of on-premises applications, mobile apps, and SaaS tools without compromising security. By providing greater access to outsiders, your business can drive collaboration throughout your organization, enhancing productivity, employee satisfaction, research and development, and, ultimately, revenue.
Identity and access management systems can also enhance business productivity. The systems’ central management capabilities reduce the complexity and cost of safeguarding user credentials and access. Along with that, identity management systems enable employees to be more productive in a wide range of environments – no matter they’re working from home, the office, or on the road.
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PATECCO has extensive experience implementing complex Identity and Access solutions for medium and large enterprises from different industries. Organizations that partner with PATECCO benefit from our experienced consultants and proven delivery methodology, reducing risk and optimizing results.
IAM implementation is not a project that should be underestimated. Based on our own experience, customer cases and analyst advice, we have drawn up a list of best practices to get the most out of your IAM implementation.
- Defining IAM roles and responsibilities
- Developing IAM Requirements and Solution Design
- Implementing the right IAM solution
- Integration with Active Directory and Applications
- Multi-factor authentication
- Privileged Access Management
- Role Based Access Control
- Testing and Production deployment
- IAM Strategy
It is important to include in the main plan an IAM strategy. The main aim of IAM strategy is to identify your users. It helps you in monitoring your information and in protecting your data from attackers. It will also ensure that you are meeting your audit and compliance requirements. First, you should try to understand your business needs. You should monitor your processes and systems. This will help you in creating an effective IAM strategy. Besides, you need to make sure that your users are following your strategy. Cloud-based IAM solution is perfect for most of the businesses.
The key activities of an effective IAM strategy are the following: Conduction of business and technical stakeholder interviews, creation of phased approach to implement opportunities, development of IAM solution Roadmap, building IAM business case and presentation of IAM strategy and High-level Roadmap to the leadership.
- IAM Roadmap
Your identity and access management (IAM) road map should be based on a well-defined strategy that establishes and articulates to technology and business leaders the business need and value of IAM. A good IAM road map should be flexible and specific, and it should describe short-, medium-, and long-term IAM activities for the next 18 to 24 months. It should be updated it at least one time per year.
Another factor for an effective Identity and Access Roadmap is to be developed in collaboration with the client based on current state and the desired end state. This engagement is a lightweight version of a Strategy engagement and will provide high-level recommendations around IAM systems/architecture and existing provisioning processes.
The specific activities concerning the IAM Roadmap refer to identification and prioritization of key IAM opportunities, creation of phased approach to implement key IAM opportunities, development and presentation of Road Map to leadership, and product evaluation.
- Access Governance
In today’s digital world, no matter the method or location, people expect to access data seamlessly. The challenge is to ensure that access in a secure, reliable manner, so what we need in this case is IAM governance. The main goal of access governance is to develop a framework that incorporates standardized principles, responsible best practices, and a multidisciplinary management model that respects the diverse nature of the organization. Establishing centralized, comprehensive policies and standards is critical to ensure consistency among many decentralized environments and the integrity of data. A strong IAM system depends on a sustained commitment to administrative and technical privacy and security controls.
The key activities concerning Access Governance include use of recommended Access Governance structure, defining process to develop IAM policies, defining process to establish Technical Standards and defining process to prioritize future IAM opportunities
- IAM Architecture and Design
Architecting an effective Identity and Access Management capability for the enterprise requires to carefully keep the balance between the organization’s risk management requirements and the need to not overcomplicate the end-user experience. With the requirements imposed by diverse technologies like remote network access, public cloud infrastructure, software-as-a-service, Internet of Things and mobile devices, today’s IAM often involves integration of multiple identity sources and tools leading to additional complication. Under these conditions, architecture requires a holistic approach that carefully selects processes and technologies that work well together. When building an IAM architecture, security teams should consider the different tools and features offered by those tools. IAM tools include password management, reporting and monitoring, access control, identity management, provisioning software and identity repositories
Identity and access management solutions and services offer unique and useful technologies for the cyber security professionals to help them control the user access within the limits of their organization. These solutions allow cyber security professionals to manage which user can access which information for how long. As a result, identity and access management solutions play an important role in keeping the sensitive information of your organization safe.