Effective Identity and Access Management Strategies

Access Management

Identity and Access Management (IAM) have become one of the essential needs of a modern and distributed workforce. It has become a necessity for modern enterprises to offer secure access through monitored gateways to the entire workforce, vendors, and stakeholders to the business network in real time.

CISOs need to design and enforce an effective IAM strategy that aligns the entire organization, to get easy access to the tools to accomplish the end goal. Many organizations find it difficult to define a stringent identity and access management policy to democratize access to data and systems without compromising on security. Here are a few ways that SecOps teams can consider while deploying an IAM strategy throughout their enterprise:

Maintain a real-time application portfolio inventory

Organizations can embark on an IAM journey by segmenting the entire application into three major access patterns. The first segment of applications can be standard web applications that have HTML-based applications that interact with modern identity protocols. Many other SaaS applications and software solutions fall under this umbrella of applications. Another segment of applications can be Non-standard web applications that are HTML-based and are unable to interact through modern identity protocols. This segment of application requires translators, proxies, or agents that can communicate with modern identity policies. The third and last segment can be the Legacy applications that include complex client- or simple directory access protocol-based applications. Organizations can wait for these applications to retire and be replaced with standard web applications. CISOs can evaluate the gathered data and compare them with the capabilities of the identity and access management tools to get more clarity on the need for adoption.

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Determine and address the requirements of all user constituencies

SecOps teams need to consider all the possible access management use cases that are distributed throughout internal and external constituencies.

They need to consider all the possible user constituencies, including offering access to employees, the workforce, vendors, business partners, or access customers. Organizations that fail to align the data gathering, refining, and distributing identity data will not be able to enforce identity and access management strategies efficiently. It is crucial to determine and consider the needs of all the user constituencies to ensure secure access to the tools and database in real-time.

Leverage robust IAM tools in the IT infrastructure

Multifactor authentication (MFA) functionality is one of the most beneficial offerings of access management vendors because all the other functionalities are less mature and secure. Organizations can leverage identity governance and administration systems to efficiently manage the entire identity lifecycle, monitor authorizations, and help with provisioning. Many IAM tools do not have such mature capabilities; hence they have to integrate identity governance and administration tools to strengthen security.

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Implement stringent access management strategies

Identity and access management is an ongoing process that needs to be evolved based on the organization’s need to be secure. As the modern threat landscape evolves, IAM solution providers are also upgrading their tools and services to keep the IT infrastructure secure from unauthorized access to sensitive information or assets.

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