Identity and access management (IAM) is a roadmap for organizational processes that systematizes, arranges, and streamlines the online and electronic identities of businesses. It encompasses the policies of the company to manage online identities, in addition to the resources required to strengthen identity management.
Armed with IAM support, today’s information technology managers get the ability to manage user access to the organization’s crucial systems and digital assets. IAM technologies facilitate role-based access control that allows the system administrators to control and oversee access to the organization’s critical systems and networks by the position of the people using the resources within the organization.
One of the critical aspects of cybersecurity for businesses in today’s world is to assess the organizational maturity against the fundamentals of IAM. It will give you a big picture of your organization’s current standing in regards to the safety of its digital assets and infrastructure. Here are some important factors to take into account:
– IAM Program: When assessing your organization’s outlook on IAM, be sure to examine how your organization as a whole approaches IAM and the critical points. Also, evaluate the top management’s opinion about the subject and the technologies supporting IAM right now.
– Identity Data Management: It involves an assessment of the management of identity and data related matters, besides the technologies, networks, and systems used for processing data through the organization.
– Access Management: Is the organization using stronger authentication mechanisms like multi-factor authentication and federation and passport management, or is it just relying on single password sign-on.
– Access Governance: Is the access to critical systems adequately governed? What policies are in place to enable the enforcement, assessment, and audit of IAM activities and policy amenability?
– Identity Management: It entails the primary user lifespan and self-service management of user accounts, management, and privilege.
– Limited Access Management: What support is in place for the procedures and technical regulations concerning high permission accounts?
– Security of the Data and Analytics: Does the system allow you to manage unstructured data, perform data segmentation, identify users, and see the analytics to strengthen the security of your critical data?
The above points are the KPI’s of a good IAM. Your answer to these questions will lead you to put in place a robust IAM program that would be packed with the advanced technologies and procedures. The ideal program should also involve training, education, strategic choices, and the inception of a centralized system that the organization and its customers would feel secure to use.
By implementing a reliable IAM program, your business can find an equilibrium between security, risk reduction, empowerment of your people (including clients and employees) to use the services they need and whenever they need without taking many digital risks.
If you are looking for an assessment of your existing IAM program or want to implement a new IAM program, you can invest your trust in Infoguard Cybersecurity. Contact us now for more information.