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Identity access management critical in today’s unstable business environment

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Today’s business environment is highly competitive, complex, and volatile. This has put tremendous pressure on organizations to increase their accessibility to customers, partners, vendors, suppliers, and employees. Hence, enterprises are deploying an ever-increasing number of applications with multiple, often mutually incompatible, proprietary identity systems, or security models, inconsistent management of identities and different auditing mechanisms.

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Identity access management critical in today’s unstable business environment

  1. 1. Identity Access Management Critical in Today’s Unstable Business EnvironmentToday’s business environment is highly competitive, complex, and volatile. This has put tremendous pressureon organizations to increase their accessibility to customers, partners, vendors, suppliers, and employees.Hence, enterprises are deploying an ever-increasing number of applications with multiple, often mutuallyincompatible, proprietary identity systems, or security models, inconsistent management of identities anddifferent auditing mechanisms. However, in their haste to enhance their accessibility they forget to look atthe security aspects, which leads to inefficiencies, increased risk of identity theft and unauthorized access,and failure to meet regulatory compliance.In todays work environment, passwords and password resets are one of the most widely used measures toensure information security. A recent research showed that on an average each employee accesses around16 applications and systems. And as part of the security measure, each employee has to remember five ormore passwords, which the employee has to change five or more times per year. It results in multiplerepositories of identity information, multiple user IDs and multiple passwords. However, the fact of thematter is most employees finding it impossible to manage multiple identities. This is proved by the number ofpassword related calls that help desk receives. Moreover, juggling multiple identities lead to chaos andconfusion, which is put to good use by the criminals. This calls for a comprehensive and focused approachthat would enhance efficiency, achieve compliance, and improve the security of the organizations. That iswhat identity and access management offers to do.Identity and access management helps organizations to manage access to scattered information andapplications within the organization without compromising security or exposing sensitive information. Hence,identity and access management can be defined as a set of policies, processes, and technologies for thecreation, management, and use of digital identities. The objective of identity access management is toprovide right access to the right people at the right time. It comprises of four important aspects namely
  2. 2. AuthenticationIt is the process of verifying and proving the claims of an identity for gaining access to an application systemor resource. AuthorizationIt is the determination whether to allow an identity to perform an action or access a system or resource. User ManagementIt refers to the process of creating, propagating, and maintaining user identity and privileges. An importantcomponent of user management is user lifecycle management, which refers to the lifecycle of a digitalidentity from creation to termination. Enterprise DirectoryIt is the repository for securely storing and organizing the digital identities and its credentials and attributes.In today’s unstable business environment, identity access management is important to secure theorganization and to protect confidential and personal data and thereby achieve compliance, business growth,operational efficiency, and cost savings.Read Also On: Managed Print Services, Datacenter Virtualization, Service Desk

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