IAM Strategy: Three Warning Signs and How to Fix Them


Although there isn’t a quick fix for Identity and Access Management (IAM) installation problems, businesses can take steps to prevent typical issues. IAM has always been crucial to a CISO’s strategy, but based on the number of breach stories listing credential theft as a major component of the attack, it appears that not enough people are paying attention to the specifics.

Enterprises have created and implemented Identity and Access Management (IAM) strategies for many years. Despite this extensive knowledge, mistakes can still happen, especially when businesses upgrade their IAM systems to ones that can better handle contemporary IT deployments. 

IAM system implementation errors can have long-lasting consequences, particularly those made during upgrades. Here’s how firms can identify and stay away from the worst of them.

Extremely aggressive IAM rollout strategy

It might be alluring to think that an IAM platform would do all necessary tasks simultaneously. Executives and suppliers are both prone to over-promising when it comes to solutions. Many organizations find that to be problematic. A company’s attempt to deploy an access control system will fail if all 300 of its apps must go live on the same day.

Instead, a staged roll-out is advised by industry experts. It’s impractical to try and do everything at once. Contrary to what vendors may claim, enterprises frequently need to perform extra modification and orchestration work in order to connect their apps. This is especially true if redesigning internal procedures is necessary for a current IAM strategy. Therefore, organizations updating their Identity and Access Management (IAM) should first take advantage of the opportunity to streamline and rationalize operations.

Applications are inaccessible to users, but cybercriminals can access them

An IAM platform’s main objective is to keep bad actors out while enabling legitimate users to access the resources they require. Something is incorrect if the reverse takes place. According to the 2022 Verizon Data Breach Incident Report, the most frequent attack strategy last year, accounting for half of all breaches and more than 80% of web application breaches, was the use of stolen credentials.

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Organizations typically start by adding text message one-time passwords and trying to get away from simple username and password combinations. When appropriately implemented, IAM is more than just multifactor authentication and single sign-on. It involves comprehending the range of users who ask for access to IT systems and addressing their connectivity issues.

Employees, business partners, and end users are all included in the scope of corporate IAM systems. All call for unique strategies. Firms frequently use on-premises IAM systems or identity-as-a-service providers for their personnel since they are still more robust and feature-rich than cloud-based alternatives. Some businesses are beginning to replace usernames and passwords with social logins for consumers.

Enterprises must also be aware of the need to safeguard all of these various user types across a myriad of platforms, including mobile, cloud, on-premises, SaaS, and work-from-home.

Platform silos for identity and access management

Many businesses employ various systems for access control, identity governance and administration, and privileged access management. The silos add to the workload. Additionally, there are frequent gaps between each solution that attackers might exploit.

To solve this problem, vendors are starting to move toward unified solutions. According to Gartner, these convergent IAM solutions will account for 70% of Identity and Access Management (IAM) deployment by 2025.

IAM, with a focus on customers, is falling behind. The majority of businesses use unique, in-house developed applications. That presents issues when handling new privacy legislation needs and safeguarding the infrastructure from more contemporary types of attacks.

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