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Why Organizations Need Identity Governance In their Journey to Digital Transformation

In March 2020, the enterprise business landscape drastically changed. Within two weeks, thousands of businesses closed, working remotely became the new normal, and malicious hackers took the opportunity to attack the increasingly vulnerable business systems. Enterprises, with poorly structured or monitored identity and access management system became a common target for cyber attackers. In such a long-lasting situation Identity governance and administration (IGA) is a critical component in reducing identity-related vulnerabilities and creating policies to manage access compliance. Now, more than ever, we need these two things to overcome the challenges of post-COVID-19 enterprise business security.

Why Identity Governance matters?

Organizations embracing digital transformation need a consistent framework for operationally managing and governing their rapidly expanding digital ecosystem and IGA is an important piece. At its core, the goal behind IGA is to ensure appropriate access, when and where it is needed.  IGA is the branch of identity and access management that deals with making appropriate access decisions. It allows your company to embrace the benefits of hyper-connectivity while ensuring that only the right people have access to the right things at the right times. When it’s done right, IGA improves the security and gives valuable insights about employee activity and needs.

In this article we will explain why Identity Governance matters and why it is a critical factor for the companies in their journey to the digital transformation.

Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) is becoming increasingly important amongst Identity and IT Security professionals. This is an area that provides operational management, integration, security, customization and overall support for an enterprise IAM program. IGA combines the entitlement discovery, the decision-making process, and the access review and certification of access governance with the identity lifecycle and role management of user provisioning. Inappropriate and outdated access to the company resources is a commonplace in many enterprise IAM programs today and it creates substantial risk. A comprehensive IGA program across diverse constituencies can help identify and manage these risks and address compliance requirements. Organizations can implement IGA in phases, making it easier to adopt and will quickly find it provides a solid foundation for reducing risk and improving security.

  • IGA Delivers Timely and Effective Access to the Business

Identity governance and administrations give your users speedy and efficient access to the resources required to do their work. It makes it happen by leveraging tools such as single sign-on software equipped with functionalities like multi-factor authentication and more. This allows them to become and stay productive regardless of how quickly or how much their responsibilities change.

Likewise, IGA also authorizes business users to manage and request access, which reduces the amount of work in information security or IT operations teams. Your employees can meet service level requirements with automated policy enforcements without compromising compliance or security.

  • IGA Automates labor-intensive processes

Identity governance and administration cuts on operational costs by automating labor-intensive processes such as password management, user provisioning, and access requests. Automation helps IT administrators save time on administrative tasks and fulfill business needs of higher importance.

Many IGA tools provide a simple user interface through which users can self-assist their requirements and address service requests independently without IT admins’ intensive involvement. The tools provide a dashboard that populates with metrics and analytical data on user access controls, helping organizations optimize and reduce associated risks.

  • Regulatory Compliance

With regulations like the GDPR, SOX, and HIPAA the industries are focusing on access issues more than ever. Limiting and monitoring access to only those that need it is not only a crucial security measure, but one that is becoming critical to staying in compliance with these regulations.

IGA solutions not only help ensure that access to sensitive information like patient records or financial data is strictly controlled, they also enable organizations to prove they are taking these actions. Organizations can receive audit requests at any time. An effective IGA solution makes the required periodic review and attestation of access business friendly, effective, and comes with built-in reporting capabilities to meet relevant government and industry regulations. Taking a visual approach to the data can make this whole process more accurate and easier to deploy to the business.

  • Identify risks and strengthen security

Organizations face significant threats from compromised identities triggered by stolen, vulnerable, or default user credentials. With a centralized and comprehensive overview of user identities and access privileges, identity governance and administration solutions empower IT administrators to identify weak controls, policy violations, and improper access that can open the organizations to disruptive risks and rectify these risk factors before they escalate. It keeps track of user identities and allows you to detect compromised accounts, which enables you to strengthen your assets’ security.

  • IGA Monitors the Non-Employee Identities on Your Network

Making identity governance a business process priority means exerting concrete control over your network. You can use it to monitor and regulate the behaviour of your enterprises’ nonhuman and third-party identities, ensuring they participate only in the necessary workflows.

Identity governance can segment and restrict, enforcing discipline when programs try to take advantage of every leniency. In this case, you can view identity governance not only as a cybersecurity measure but as a way to keep your workflows uncluttered.

Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) provides the identity foundation that powers today’s most important security initiatives, including Zero Trust, Digital Transformation, and Cyber Resilience. With a comprehensive IGA program, you’ll have the critical capabilities and identity services to bridge data and product silos and adapt at the speed of change.

Which Are the Major Components of Identity Governance and Administration Solution?

Organizations embracing digital transformation are taking a hard look at Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) solutions which are becoming critically important amongst Identity and IT Security professionals. IGA is an area that provides operational management, integration, security, customization and overall support for an enterprise IAM program. Besides, IGA combines the entitlement discovery, the decision-making process, and the access review and certification of access governance with the identity lifecycle and role management of user provisioning.  So nowadays, what the enterprises critically need is a consistent framework to operationally manage and govern their rapidly expanding digital ecosystem. At its core, the goal behind IGA is simple – to ensure appropriate access, when and where it is needed.

IGA is considered as much more than a technology. It is also perceived as an ongoing means of governance through a set of controls, processes, and actions related to the determination and enforcement of appropriate access throughout the organization’s environment. This is a continuous process of grooming, review, decision making, documentation, and enforcement for how access privileges are issued.

IGA Main Components

IGA consists of multiple elements, each solving a specific piece to the puzzle and often originating from its own product category. IGA programs can look to each of these elements separately, and bring a set of point products from multiple vendors together to address the broader IGA problems, or they can look to vendors that have fleshed out their offerings to include these elements as part of their IGA offering. These elements can be described as follows:

  • Identity Lifecycle Management/User Provisioning – Automation of the identity lifecycle process through the creation, updating, and cleanup of user accounts and their corresponding information across multiple target systems.
  • Access Governance – Consists of two essential elements: Entitlement Management / Role Management (it is related to Collection and organization of current entitlement state across multiple target systems) and Access Review and Certification. That relates to presentation of current entitlement state, facilitation of review process, capturing access decisions made, and facilitation of attestation that the new access state is appropriate.

Identity Lifecycle Management

Today’s organizations are more connected than ever before. As the number of applications, systems, and resources have increased, so have the number of identities and user accounts. Creating, maintaining, and securing identities is a complex and costly effort. The complexity is often due to the sheer volume of identities. But, the complexity of managing identities is also compounded by the dynamic nature of an identity.

As a subject’s relationship with the organization changes the attributes and privileges associated with the identity must be updated. These dynamic changes are commonly referred to as the identity lifecycle. All identities go through a similar lifecycle which can be described in three basic steps: Join, Move, and Leave.

• Join: This phase involves the creation/registration of identities.

• Move: This phase handles the changing of identity attributes and elements that define the relationship such as group memberships, roles, entitlements, and permissions as the identity’s relationship changes over time.

• Leave: This phase involves the termination of the relationship with the identity. It could also relate to archiving of some information and deletion of other information.

Another point of focus with identity lifecycle management is the goal of gaining administrative leverage. Keeping the data consistent across systems is the only way to manage all the connected systems as a common whole, rather than a collection of silos. The data may be represented and persisted differently from system to system, but the job of the provisioning infrastructure is to deal with these differences, transform the data accordingly, and ensure that the relationships between the systems is preserved.

User provisioning technologies help organizations manage and enforce access policies. Access policies bind identities to entitlements. An access policy determines what systems, resources, and information a user can access. Furthermore User provisioning technologies employ a variety of techniques to assign and enforce access policies including Rules (Rule-driven policies determine access rights and entitlements according to a given set of attributes on a subject’s identity record), Roles (Users are assigned to roles based on a given set of attributes on their identity record. Each role has a set of associated permissions and entitlements) and Workflow (Workflow driven access policy management is used when rule or role driven policies are not available or when a human needs to make a policy decision).

The last phase of the provisioning process is fulfillment. Once the lifecycle event has been processed and access policies have been applied, the provisioning system knows which connected systems to provision the user to, what attributes to synchronize, and what entitlements to assign.

Access Governance

Access governance provides the needed “relation” between compliance, the access management policies, and the critical business systems that need them. It enables better control and produces intelligence so that key decision makers can have a better understanding of the state of access and how it is being utilized in order to provide greater insight for making better decisions. Access governance also provides a way to hold end users accountable for the access they use, it holds managers accountable for the access they approve and administrators accountable for the access they manage.

Entitlement Management

Access decisions are all about the entitlements. Entitlements are the “what” in the question of “who has access to what. Entitlements represent capabilities in business systems that in turn help the business achieve its varied missions. To use entitlements, enterprises first have to know they are out there – in every business system, application, and platform. But simple awareness is not enough.

Access Review and Certification

Usually the access review phase of access governance is of a great importance and is the most time and labor intensive. Everyone who has access to important systems and resources, such as those containing data that have regulatory implications, must be certified at reasonable intervals. This includes employees and nonemployees alike, regardless of location and business role.

Identity Governance and Administration is a unique combination of technology and processes with impact at the organizational level. It leverages components such as Identity Lifecycle Management and Access Governance to support compliance with regulations, internal controls, and audit pressure and is a powerful means to improve security and reduce enterprise risk.

PATECCO Will Exhibit as a Golden Sponsor at “IT for Insurances” Congress in Leipzig

For a second time, this year, the Identity and Access management company PATECCO will take part in “IT for Insurance” (IT für Versicherungen) live Trade Fair in Leipzig, Germany. The event is planned to take place on 24.11 and 25.11.2020.  It is known as the leading market place for IT service providers of the insurance industry with a focus on the latest technological developments and IT trends. The congress unites all exhibitors, speakers, trade fair visitors and gives the opportunity to socialize, exchange experiences and discuss current trends and projects in the IT industry.

During the two days of the event PATECCO will exhibit as a Golden sponsor and will present its services portfolio. Besides, the sales manager of PATECCO team – Mr. Karl-Heinz Wonsak will be a presenter of the company’s innovative solutions in the so called “Elevator Pitch.” The topic will be about insurance supervisory requirements in IT and cybersecurity.

PATECCO will have a counter where its team members will welcome each visitor who is interested in Identity Access Governance IAG, Privileged Account Management PAM, Security Incident and Event Management SIEM, Funktionale Taxonomie, Managed Service, Management und IT-Consulting and Cloud Access Control. Each one, who looks for solutions in these specific areas, will be invited in a personal meeting where all details will be considered. The IAM company will also provide a coffee counter with a professional Barista and each coffee-lover can enjoy a cup of aromatic Italian Espresso.

PATECCO is an international company, dedicated to development, implementation and support of Identity & Access Management solutions. Based on 20 years’ experience within IAM, high qualification and professional attitude, the company provides value-added services to customers from different industries such as banking, insurance, chemistry, pharma and utility.

Its team of proficient IT consultants provide the best practices in delivering sustainable solutions related to: Managed Services, Cloud Access Control, Privileged Account Management, Access Governance, RBAC, Security Information and Event Management, PKI and Password Management.

Which Key IAM Capabilities Successfully Support Remote Work

The coronavirus pandemic has overturned normal ways of working. Many office workers are based at home for certain period of time and apply new methods and practices to accomplish their daily tasks. Staying connected to colleagues and partners seems so easy and functional, but remote working brings a lot of challenges when it comes to cybersecurity.

With the increase of the online activities, traditional IT environments and Identity and access management (IAM) systems are being pushed to their limits. All that leads to latency, frustration, friction, and increased risk, making organizations to search solutions of how to support business at scale without compromising security and user experience.

Identity as a tool for preventing cyber threats

We assume that your company has already started to work remotely – with policies to support the practice and an analysis of expected traffic and risks. So, in this article we will cover some of the most popular IAM capabilities on which medium and large enterprises trust in today’s complex business world. The primary cybersecurity tool they can use to prevent data breaches is Identity and access management. It is also considered as the true digital perimeter, ensuring that only trusted parties can enter the corporate network. It is also a fact that Identity and access management is able to make the transition to a remote workforce easier by securely connecting employees to their work, all while IT maintains complete control.

Identity, more specifically identity authentication, now forms the digital perimeter once composed of antivirus solutions. This digital perimeter serves as the main mechanism by which threat actors are kept out. Even if they do penetrate the perimeter, identity can constrain their permissions, limiting the damage they inflict on your network. Moreover, identity also provides critical information for other cybersecurity solutions, including SIEM and Endpoint Security. Identity informs and strengthens user and entity behaviour analysis and recognizes, stores, and monitors device identities. Both can help prevent external threat actors from penetrating your network or recognizing insider threats before they unfold.

Which key IAM Capabilities help to maintain complete visibility and control over employee access?

No matter where the team is working, IAM has several key capabilities that can make the transition to a remote workforce easier by securely connecting employees to their work, all while IT maintains complete control.

Authentication

When your workforce is enabled to access corporate resources, the first step is to validate the user’s identity. Authentication has a number of risks related to the method of access, from simple passwords to a layered approach with two-factor, VPN and threat detection. Talking about remote workers, using remote devices and getting remote access, there are a few things to have in mind when enabling their authentication:

First – do you already have strong authentication in place today? Our advice here is to protect that investment and to expand its capability by getting more licenses, capacity and management. You should also identify critical applications and make sure passwords are secure. If you have apps that your business needs to function and will be accessed remotely, add layers of authentication to these first. In case the users use passwords to access applications, add Multi-Factor Authentication tools, as well.

Second – it is a good practice to force a password change more often, especially when users go remote. Update your company password policy to show users what they need to do, and increase the password requirements to make them stronger.

Third – do not forget to create network/location aware remote access policies that ensure stricter passwords or host information profiling to gain access.

And last – constantly monitor user access to critical systems and make sure you can make sure who is actually logging into the systems so that any threats could be prevented.

Authorization

After authentication, the authorisation is the most critical layer to IAM. Each company has a different way to authorize users based on its industry, business model and culture. But there are some basics that should be considered to make sure remote workers are enabled and secure:

  • Make sure you have an approved corporate policy in place that spells out what employees should have access to, including data classification and what data can and cannot be shared or stored on remote devices.
  • If you have an identity governance tool in place, use those tools to enforce roles and what applications users should have access to.
  • Centralize your identities into one directory infrastructure for better control and harden their operating systems of the critical applications.
  • Creating a Zero Trust architecture and program is also a good idea, because in this way not only users must be authenticated and authorized, but also applications, systems, networks, IoT devices and data.
  • Implement Privileged User Management (PAM) and Databases Access Management (DAM) to lock down those critical administrator accounts. Enable them with tools, but secure them with controls.

Administration

The daily administration of users is the first mismanaged area in IAM when a crisis comes.  The best solution in such situation is to automate administration as much as possible, so that enforcement and security risks are not underestimated.

What needs to be done is to force users who need access to a critical system to formally request that access through a help desk ticket. Then it is recommended to update your firewall policies with the service ticket number and to review by date.

The next step is to audit what users have access to before you allow them to work from home. Let the users justify what access they have and remove anything they don’t need. This process is connected to least privilege in IAM. Based on that, we can make a conclusion that access to critical applications and data needs to be properly managed and to ensure that threats are discovered and successfully handled.

Identity and Governance enhanced by AI and ML

As mentioned above, in recent times a lot of organizations support their entire workforce remotely.  Identity Governance and Administration helps you manage and provision user access, as well as reduce the risk that comes with employees having excessive or unnecessary access to applications, systems, and data. Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) take IGA to the next level by automating the most common activities. This process includes automatic approval of access requests, performing certifications, and predicting what access should be provisioned to users. The modern IAM platforms, which are enhanced by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, increase efficiency and provide more time for IT staff and access approvers to focus on access rights that have been identified as risky or anomalous. The result is increased security and decreased administrative burden.

Thanks to the modern IAM capabilities, each organisation can easily address the demands for remote work, study, and play at scale. Now more than crucial for the business is to be well prepared and able to meet the challenges of the digital transformation and the global crisis, as well .

The Advantages of Identity and Access Management in the Era of Digital Transformation

Digital transformation refers to different thinking, innovation and change of the current business models. This is possible by building up a digital strategy which is able to improve the experience of your organization’s employees, customers, suppliers, and partners. For the establishment of the new business and digital strategies, organizations need a strong IT infrastructure that supports all the upcoming changes with agility, productivity and security.

In the last several years a lot of organizations started their digital transformation, using Identity and Access Management technology. It ensures not only a safe and successful digital journey, but at the same time brings successful customer and employee experience.

Why IAM?

Identity Management plays a central role in the digital transformation, including all new business models, applications and ecosystems it supports. Identity Management provides the secure, flexible and adaptive IT infrastructure that every company, government agency or university strives to achieve. It helps to increase customer engagement through new digital channels, to streamline your business operations and to protect data privacy, and security to keep stable your reputation and finances.

According to Gartner, IAM is the security discipline that enables the right individuals to access the right resources at the right times for the right reasons. Therefore, the lack of a proper IAM process in place, puts the data at risk and this situation may lead to regulatory non-compliance or even worse – a data breach event. IAM addresses the need to ensure appropriate access to resources across increasingly heterogeneous technology environments, and to meet all rigorous compliance requirements. This security practice is a crucial measure for any enterprise. It is increasingly business-aligned, and it requires business skills, not just technical expertise.

Talking about transformation in the digital era, it is crucial for the companies to develop long-term technology infrastructure plans that inform how identities are established, maintained, secured, leveraged by applications and distributed within and out of an organization. That means that the major IAM themes in the enterprise’s strategy should include Privileged Access Management, Identity and the Internet of Things, Cloud-based IAM, Identity Governance and Customer IAM.

Which are the main IAM advantages in the digital transformation?

  • Ability to manage digital identity for accessing information and resources:

Identity and Access Management solutions provide the ability to manage digital identity for accessing information and resources. That means that they secure content from unauthorized access by injecting authentication layers between the users and the critical apps and data. Protected target resources may include on-premises or SaaS applications and web service APIs across all business scenarios, from business-to-employee (B2E) to B2C. Besides, Identity and Access management solutions support bring-your-own-device (BYOD), through the use of social identity integration needed for registration, account linking and user authentication.

  • Ability to quickly enable access to resources and applications:

According to our partner, IBM, IAM technology quickly enable access to resources and applications, whether in the cloud, on premises, or in a hybrid cloud. Whether you’re providing access to partner, customer or employee-facing applications, you’ll be able to offer the seamless experience your users expect.

  • Ability to simplify activities:

Creating an identity-focused digital transformation strategy means choosing the right technologies that enable internal or external users to streamline actions, duties, or processes. When you create a strategy intending to enable users, you need to focus on which identities need access to the technology, how they use the technology, what resources they need and most important – how to control their access to prevent unauthorized access.

You are on the right way if your strategies closely align with the purpose of an IAM program.  IAM and IGA (Identity Governance and Administration) programs define who, what, where, when, how, and why of technology access. When composing your enterprise digital transformation strategy based on an identity management program, you are ready to successfully manage the data privacy and security risks.

  • Ability to enable digital interaction

Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) is a whole emerging area in the IAM. The increased number of sophisticated consumers need more simplified digital interactions which helps them to easily build up a better and deeper relation with brands. Furthermore, CIAM technologies help drive revenue growth by leveraging identity data to acquire and retain customers.

As mentioned above, IAM is a critical element of the digital transformation which makes it substantial for protecting sensitive business data and systems. When implemented well, IAM provides confidence that only authorized and authenticated users are able to interact with the systems and data they need to seamlessly do their job. Effective IAM solutions include Access Management – a solution that streamlines and manages multiple accesses, as well as Identity Governance and Administration – a solution that helps you monitor and govern the access.

What Is the Difference Between Identity Access Management and Identity Governance?

Identity Access and Identity Governance are often used in cyber security business. From clients’ side the terms are often confusing and difficult to comprehend, but from experts’ side they both are the two aspects of IAM, but concepts of each of them are totally different. This article will explain in details about the differences between the IAM and IG.

For the better understanding, it could be said in a few words, that IAG refers to a process that allows organizations to monitor and ensure that identities and security rights are correct, as well as managed effectively and securely. It includes everything from business, technical, legal and regulatory issues for organizations. Identity and access management (IAM) is just a component of IAG. IAM is the technology for managing the user identities and their access privileges to different systems and platforms. But let’s now analyse each of the two technologies, so that it would be clear what functions and capabilities possess each of them.

  • Identity and Access Management

First: What Do We Mean By “Identity”?

In the cyber space, we all have identities. Our identities display themselves in the form of attributes, entries in the database. A unique attribute differentiates one online user from another one. For example – an attribute could be an email address, phone number, or a social security number. Attributes referring to our private and working life are different and change over the time, as we change jobs, place of living, get married, etc.

Your online identity is established when you register. During registration, some attributes are collected and stored in a database. And here we come to the term – Identity management, which literally means – managing the attributes. You, your supervisor, your company HR person, the IT admin, the eCommerce site service desk person could be responsible for creating, updating, or even deleting attributes related to you.

As mentioned above, Access Management is a process of managing users’ identities, tracks, and at the same time managing their access to certain systems and applications. The process of access management is related to users and customers, whose profiles have to be created, managed, controlled and granted the proper role and access. When it comes to performing access management and keeping sensitive data and information secure, giving the right access to the right people is imperative.

  • Identity Governance

Identity governance (IG) is a subcategory of Identity and Access Management (IAM). IG provides organizations with better visibility to identities and access privileges, and better controls to detect and prevent inappropriate access. IG solutions are designed to link people, applications, data and devices to allow customers to determine who has access to what, what kind of risk that represents, and take action in situations when any violations are identified.

Identity Governance in action:

If someone is trying to access the systems who is not authorized, the identity governance solution can determine the access as suspicious and notify about it to the system administrator. The identity governance systems also help in automating the process of cleaning user access right by analysing whether the users were granted the similar access in the past or not.

Identity Governance offers a holistic approach driven by risk analytics and focused on improving security and compliance. Identity Governance has several techniques to provide preventive or detective controls, reporting, and dashboards, data access governance, improved user experience and contribute towards limited threats to acceptable level.
Moreover, Identity Governance tools enable organizations to enforce, review and audit IAM policies, map governance functions to compliance requirements and support compliance reporting. Specific identity governance product features include user administration, privileged identity management, identity intelligence, role-based identity administration, and analytics.

In general these are the differences in the functioning of the two solutions, but both are used to protect sensitive information and data from getting access without permission and proper privileges. Thanks to IAM and IG, an organization’s data could be better secured from unauthorized access, malicious threats and cyber attacks.

What Does Identity Governance and Intelligence Do to Protect Your Business?

In today’s interconnected marketplace, organizations are challenged more than ever to address regulatory controls and compliance mandates. They also must control access to key resources to protect their data and intellectual properties, being at the same time unique and innovative. For that purpose, it is critical to create effective methodologies, tools, and workflows for managing access and proper identity administration across the enterprise.

And talking about a solution for securing the company sensitive information and network, comes the question concerning all:  How do you manage all of your enterprises’ identities? Do you stay in compliance with regulatory mandates and do you adhere to high standards of privacy and protection?

This is where Identity Governance and Intelligence solutions come in. They are designed to help enterprise IT departments automate their identity workflows, manage manage identities and application access and to stay in compliance with thorough reporting. Besides, Identity governance incorporates measurable access risk controls that helps to set policies and to better drive activities such as access review, privilege management and the management of separation of duties. It provides an integrated, streamlined approach for managing user roles, access policies and risk, ensuring that appropriate levels of access are applied and enforced across enterprise and cloud applications. The solution automates the administration of user access privileges across an organization’s resources, throughout the entire identity management lifecycle.

Use of IGI

Within the enterprise and between enterprises, the users require access to the systems and data necessary to perform their jobs. Most businesses outsource services and work directly with partners and suppliers, that’s why they are faced with the additional problem of giving access to people outside of the organization. No matter where the employee is located and whatever organization they are part of, their access needs to be managed and precisely controlled to lower the risk of fraud and ensure compliance. Governing the way this access is assigned, managed and monitored, is essential activity for the security of the business.

Organizations are obliged to comply with the increasing range of laws and regulations. Proving compliance requires an audit to confirm that the access to this data is properly managed. When there is a lack of good identity governance, these audits can be time consuming and expensive.

The use of mobile phones, tablets and other devices by employees and partners to access company’s systems and data creates a new set of risks. Identity and access governance can help to manage these access related risks. Auditing access rights and controlling the different kinds of duties can be very difficult without the appropriate identity governance tools. These complexities appear when a person performs more than one role.

PATECCO IGI Capabilities

To answer the question – “Who should have access to which resources, when they should have that access, and who decides?”, PATECCO provides IGI tools that deliver user administration, privileged account management, and identity intelligence. Its Identity Governance and Administration Services provide the tools, experience, and capabilities to support these initiatives.

PATECCO Identity Governance and Intelligence capabilities can help you to enable automated workflows and streamline existing processes. They also deploy automated access provisioning, identify and manage roles and segregation of duties to balance information security and business knowledge to avoid complexity and security risks. The IAM Company addresses audit reviews and compliance concerns, and ensures that proper protections and controls are in place to remove as much risk as possible.

Identity governance is important for organizations to ensure the security of their IT systems and data, as well as compliance with laws and regulations. Identity governance enables business compliance in consistent and effective manner that adds value, reduces costs and improves security. It ensures that the users have their access rights assigned, minimizes the opportunities for fraud and data leakage by ensuring that data and applications can only be accessed by authorized admins.

Challenges and Benefits of Access Governance

Many enterprises deploying Identity Management Solutions believe that this will suffice for access governance. The truth is that an identity management solution is only a point solution and access governance requires something more complex – monitoring of the dynamic access rights of multiple users to myriad applications. On one hand, Identity management solution allows IT to automate identity management and access control. On the other hand, an access governance system provides a high-level business overview of access requests, compliance processes, and in what way the risk management strategy ties into user roles and responsibilities. This means that access governance cannot work without identity management and at the same time facilitates advancements.

Today’s compound regulations make compliance an essential consideration. While providing the data trail required for audits and compliance requirements, it’s important at the same time to track, audit, and control what individual employees have access to. More and more companies recognise the need for access governance caused by multiple factors and challenges. This is for example increasingly complex regulations that demand strict adherence, the escalating scale and frequency of cyber attacks, adoption of the cloud which poses a concern about monitor which employees access what data, using which device!

How access governance system governs access rights?

Assigning specific rights to employees for accessing only what they need to ful­l their job roles and responsibilities, efficiently and in a secure manner.

Aggregating data on user accounts that have access to the different applications, databases, data centres, network devices, etc., together a single and easy-to-manage view into access rights and accounts on all systems.

Implementing strong security controls

What benefits does Identity Governance bring to the business?

Identity governance system enables the regulation and control of access in an efficient, systematic, and continuous manner.

Identity Governance grants a comprehensive view of roles and privileges within each department of the company. This results in deep insight into how access is used across the organization by different users.

An access governance system also positively impacts the certification process. Certification and recertification requirements are reduced and users can be certified on an ad-hoc basis, at any point in time.

Access governance facilitates collaborative and analytics-based decision-making, based on the data aggregated across users and departments.

Access Governance goes well beyond access recertification, role management and analytics. Strong capabilities for access request management, access analytics, and advanced direct or indirect capabilities of provisioning changes back are more often than not mandatory features. Increasingly, improved integration with Privilege Management tools or User Activity Monitoring solutions are being developed as a key focus area for many organizations.

PATECCO enables Digital Transformation for enterprises by delivering seamless customer experience, business efficiency and actionable insights through an integrated set of IAM, Governance Risk and Compliance and Cloud technologies.

How PATECCO Identity and Access Governance System Secures Digital Identities?

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.

Identity an Access Governance

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.