Firms remain anxious about manage deployment and maintenance of identity and access management systems. To ensure system security across all departments and operational levels, firms need to mitigate the oversights in identity management
Enterprises continue to struggle with the numerous oversights in identity management that one needs to watch for, to achieve optimal performance. Below mentioned are major oversights in Enterprise Identity Management that firms need to address:
Lack of advanced strategy before selecting
If enterprises pick a solution that only solves an immediate problem, they are setting themselves up for future challenges. Firms need to understand that identity management needs an end to end support—both currently and in the future. If the business is poised to grow, then the IT infrastructure should also grow alongside it.
More broadly, the IT infrastructure—determined by the respective industry, business goals, user base, and business processes—must influence the Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution decision of the firm. Only then can a solution to protect the digital assets of a firm as a whole.
Going beyond the fixed budget
If firms don’t take time to consider these potential oversights in identity management, they could face some unnecessary and unforeseen extra costs in their cybersecurity. First, they should seek out a unique solution for identity and access management. The fewer solutions on the network, the lesser the costs.
However, it’s essential to weigh more than just the solutions’ integrations. Firms also need to consider the initial deployment costs—finalizing a solution that fits with the budget. On the other hand, firms still need a solution that fits the network—an expensive solution may not be the right choice.
Finally, enterprises need also to consider the IT security team to maintain and work with it. Moreover, the selected solution must fit with their skill sets to optimize their performance.
Failure to be consistent in enforcement
Without constant visibility over the users and databases, identity management may prove ineffectual. If any account slips past the monitoring system, it could pose a security vulnerability ideal for hackers’ infiltration efforts. Also, the business can’t allow any exception to the identity security solution.
Failure to adapt to the cloud
The industry recognizes the potential of the cloud to facilitate collaborations, communications, and profitability. For other identity solutions, companies select cloud-based deployments as they tend to be quicker to offer on-demand capacity.
Yet frequent oversights in identity management stress on the failure to adapt the IAM to fit the new world of the cloud. It is important to question if the enterprise critically examined the cloud infrastructure provider. How stringently do they configure their security settings? How do the firm plan to handle the transition away from the legacy identity security solution? Also, how will the firm deal with the absence of cloud skills?
The introspection of these questions could seriously determine the actual effectiveness of the IAM.
Not enforcing good password security
Last but not least, firms can’t rely on passwords. They need to stress on this issue continually and not lose focus on creating this awareness, at any point in time. To fight this challenge, enterprises need to embrace multifactor authentication (MFA) through next-generation identity management.
Moreover, enterprises can enforce step-up authentication on users.
Based on the factors mentioned above, enterprises need to set up a next-generation identity solution that fits the enterprise needs accurately, to be able to fight ever-evolving threats.