The major concern of today’s business communities relates to the security breaches attacks which are constantly increasing. This could be a critical obstacle for the success and even for the existence of a company on the market. That’s why a great challenge for the enterprises is to manage properly the numerous digital identities and to know who has access to what information and managing what they can do with that access. All that process is possible by regulation and control of access in an efficient, systematic, and continuous manner.
Why does your company need Identity Governance?
IAG systems play a crucial role for effectively provisioning, and managing access to company resources. A priority need is effieciency. Turning the processes from repetitive and routine into automated, the companies can save time and money. Let’s take for example the process to set up a new hire which can be determined by the role of the new employee. Once systems are in place, HR staff can initiate new employee profiles with appropriate access, based on the jobs they will perform. If an employee leaves, HR will be able to invoke the automated access process to ensure orphan accounts are eliminated.
The other need for Identity Governance results in compliance with regulatory requirements. The regulations, a company faces, vary depending upon the industry, country, and other factors. In order to govern identity and access, a set of measures should be created against which performance can be judged. It is important that the performance at the IT process level can be related back to the strategic business requirements. For example, if a strategic goal of an organization is to comply with EU privacy legislation, then it needs to process the personally identifiable data that it holds within legally defined parameters. The identity and access processes, necessary to meet these requirements, include:
- The organization needs to know what relevant data it holds and to classify this data accordingly.
- Identity management processes need to correctly manage the user’s lifecycle in a timely manner.
- The access management process needs to control which users have access to information. It also needs to ensure that users with privileged access do not make unauthorized access to data.
- Processes must be in place to monitor and review which users have access rights to the personal data and which users have actually made access
Capabilities of PATECCO’s Identity & Access Governance System
PATECCO’s IAG system provides a comprehensive view of roles and privileges within each department of the organization, so there is a deep insight into how access is used across the organization by different users. The access governance system offers user-friendly dashboards allowing the business managers a high-level overview, facilitating quick customer response.
One of the advantages are that every part of an employee’s history can be tracked, organized and managed. Via Active Directory, for example, access governance means that managers can view all accounts from a single vantage point. IT managers can pull together and organization’s information, such as who has accounts on what systems, when those accounts were last used, what the accounts enable the account holders to do, and who has responsibility for approving the access provided, all while making it accessible and viewable from one place. PATECCO Access Governance technology allows tracking accounts on all kinds of systems: databases, shared file systems, data centers, access control, backups, passwords, network devices and printers.
Validation of Access Rights
Your internal Information System consists of a number of applications, some of them are in the cloud, while new external accesses are opening up – such as remote work, mobile applications. Therefore, it is crucial to establish a detailed map of the rights of your organization from identities to granted rights.
Usually the audit inquiry starts with questions that are hard to answer. Typical questions asked by nontechnical individuals such as auditors or compliance officers might include “How do you know and control the appropriateness of the access right distribution of an individual?” Many regulations require validation of access rights by all users. The IT-Security officer can quickly get only a partial answer from the application owners: “We can tell what a user has, but are not supposed to know about appropriateness. We suggest you to ask the users’ “manager”. The line-of-business manager can indeed tell whether a certain permission is appropriate for an employee, but only if the information is presented in a readable and reasonable compact way.
Business benefits of implementing IAG system:
Deploying an Identity and Access Governance system offers a number of benefits. It provides a comprehensive view of roles and privileges within each department of the organization. This results in deep insight into how access is used across the organization by different users. Identity and Access Governance system leads to improved productivity of managers by simplifying identity and access certification processes, as well we increased general level of security, reduced costs of managing users and their identities, attributes and credentials. Companies benefit from reduced vulnerabilities and limited risk of data breaches or loss of customer and employee information. That means that the confidentiality is enhanced, so data can be accessed only by authorized individuals.