Identity Governance and Administration (IGA), also known as identity security, is at the center of IT operations. It enables and secures digital identities for all users, applications and data. This is getting increasingly harder to manage, as there is such a wide variety of users, including full and part time, contractors, third-party resources and even non-human identities. They can be anywhere in the world and need access to applications, data and infrastructure on premise and in the cloud to work effectively.
Automated identity governance lets businesses provide automated access to an ever-growing number of technology assets while managing potential security and compliance risks. Unfortunately, many companies are still performing identity governance manually with spreadsheets. But let’s start with some background.
Why does Identity Governance matter?
Enterprises are seeing increased attacks on critical infrastructure and cyberattacks will continue and are forecast to increase. Attacks include phishing, credential stuffing and social engineering, among others. There are also internal concerns. How many software bots, physical robots or internet of things (IoT) devices are connected to your network? And finally – what kind of vulnerabilities exist because of third-party access breaches?
A robust and automated IGA program helps your enterprise effectively handle crucial and complex challenges, with four primary benefits.
It reduces operational costs. IGA can be very labor-intensive. It includes access certifications, requests, password management and provisions. Once it’s automated, IT staff will spend less time on these admin tasks, and internal controls can be strengthened with time available for other responsibilities.
It reduces risk and strengthens security. Weak, stolen or default user credentials that cause identities to be compromised are a growing threat. With an automated program for identity governance, there’s a single view of who can access what, and that allows security personnel to easily identify inappropriate access, violations of policies or weak controls. These risk factors can then be remedied.
It improves compliance and audit performance. Regulations like SOX, HIPAA and GDPR must be adhered to. When access control is based on roles, enterprises significantly reduce the cost of compliance, while having in place practices that are auditable and compliant.
It allows you to deliver fast, efficient and correct access. When identity governance is automated, you can quickly achieve service level requirements and not compromise security or compliance.
IT professionals tasked with these responsibilities would be well advised to explore automated IGA solutions quickly, and to find those who can scale and provide solutions for the long term.