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What is Change Management and How to Keep Identities Secure

Change management in cybersecurity refers to the structured approach to shifting or transitioning an organization’s cybersecurity strategies, processes, or technologies.   Identity is key part of cyber change and practice and procedures must be conducted to ensure identities are kept secure.

Effective change management in cybersecurity involves several key elements:

Assessment of Current Cybersecurity Posture: 

Before implementing any changes, it’s essential to understand the current state of an organization’s cybersecurity defenses. This includes assessing the existing security policies, network infrastructure, software, and hardware, as well as the awareness and preparedness of employees.

Identification of Required Changes: 

Based on the assessment, organizations need to identify what changes are necessary. This could involve updating software, revising security policies, implementing new technologies, or enhancing employee training programs.

Planning and Strategy Development: 

Once the required changes are identified, developing a detailed plan is essential. This plan should outline the objectives of the change, the steps required to achieve it, the resources needed, and the timeline for implementation. Risk assessment is also a critical part of this stage, to understand the potential impact of the changes.

Communication and Stakeholder Engagement: 

Effective communication is crucial in change management. Stakeholders, including employees, management, and possibly customers, should be informed about the reasons for the change, its benefits, and how it will be implemented. Engaging stakeholders helps in minimizing resistance and ensuring smooth implementation.

Implementation of Changes: 

This is the action phase, where the planned changes are executed. It could involve installing new security software, conducting training sessions, revising policies, or any other actions identified in the planning phase.

Monitoring and Review: 

After implementation, continuous monitoring is essential to ensure that the changes are functioning as intended. This phase involves collecting and analyzing data to assess the effectiveness of the changes. Regular reviews should be conducted to identify any issues or areas for further improvement.

Feedback and Continuous Improvement: 

Feedback from stakeholders is vital for the refinement of the change management process. It provides insights into what is working and what is not, allowing for continuous improvement. Organizations should be agile and ready to make iterative changes as necessary.

YouAttest for Secure Change Control

One of the most important part of any change in cyber is the identities involved.   Hackers love change – because with change comes identity vulnerabilities like ghost and orphan accounts – accounts that still exist in the the system but are not assigned to active users.   

These types of accounts are great for hackers because it increases their dwell time – time they can live in our environment before they are detected. 

YouAttest allows the enterprise to automate access reviews for all users, applications and privileges.   This type of review is NEEDED to insure that accounts are NOT left:

  • That orphan accounts are not created
  • That privileges to relevant users are NOT over-privileged

YouAttest for State-in-Time Auditing

YouAttest also has an advanced feature we call state-in-time identity auditing.  It allows an enterprise to take a snapshot of the identity privileges BEFORE the change and then after.  Then an automated campaign can be created to contrast the different from the change.

In this way all identity changes in the change process can be attested  – and thus accidental (and malicious) changes are detected.

Image #1: YouAttest allows an enterprise to conduct an audit of before and after a change – to ensure that all the identity changes are attested and aid to the security of the enterprise.

Summary:

In summary, change management in cybersecurity is a comprehensive process that requires careful planning, execution, and monitoring. It’s not just about implementing new technologies or policies but also about managing the human aspect of change to ensure that the organization’s cybersecurity posture is robust and resilient against emerging threats.   

YouAttest helps ensure that identity and identity entitlements are in line w/ security best practices and policy during and after the change.

YouAttest is the only cloud-based IGA platform that deploys in minutes via application SSO into your existing IAM platforms.  Contact us to learn how YouAttest can secure you identities – before and after your changes.

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