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At its heart, Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a business process issue, not a technology problem. Without a clear understanding of the business, security and operational challenges an organization faces for managing, governing and enabling user access, it runs the risk of making poor or even disastrous decisions in identity and access management programs.
Moreover, the fundamental changes in enterprise IT infrastructures have rendered older security models obsolete. Location-based security strategies are no longer effective when the location of apps, users, data and devices are unpredictable.
When accessing networks and resources, the user is the common denominator. Therefore, placing identity at the center of a security framework (e.g., zero trust) becomes the only effective construct upon which to model corporate security policies. Without identifying the user, no other system access control or security matters. Only by identifying the user can we explicitly verify all elements of access regarding of the location of the resources being accessed or the accessing agent.
Companies that tackle IAM effectively enjoy the benefits of empowered and trusted users who can connect to sensitive resources, no matter where they are.
Protiviti approaches IAM from a risk management perspective, which often is different from the approach taken by traditional IT consultants or system integrators. When IAM focuses on understanding risk appetite and addressing key business risks, it aligns and scales more effectively and ultimately creates more value and is more sustainable for the organization.
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Every organization faces its own set of challenges when initiating an Identity and Access Management program, generally with the twin objectives of managing new sources of risk and facilitating new business processes. Finding the right set of tools to scale IAM infrastructure, secure access for all users and enable the business to engage with customers and partners is only part of the battle. Protiviti’s IAM advisory solutions are designed to facilitate the definition of a sustainable roadmap across a diverse set of stakeholders and support the launch of a successful IAM program.
Whether you are beginning your identity governance journey or have a mature solution in place today, Protiviti provides expert consulting services to ensure that you are maximizing your investment. Ideally, Identity and Access governance technology ensures organizations get the right people the right access to the right resources. We partner with best-of-breed IGA vendors and maintain top-level certifications to ensure that our team has deep expertise in their implementation and integration with your enterprise.
Many organizations struggle with managing access to the most sensitive data – access rights so valuable that only a privileged few should be allowed entry, and that usage should be tightly monitored due to the damage that can be done to an environment if misused or should it fall into the wrong hands.
Microsoft’s Active Directory has become foundational to organizations’ authentication and identity management success. However, many companies struggle to maintain IAM best practices due to the complexity of mergers and acquisitions, legacy growth, managing multiple domains and desire to migrate to the cloud. Having a solid, well organized directory structure is critical to begin enforcing least privilege security and reduce friction in the authentication layers.
As today’s workforce and customer base increasingly log in from their own devices or remotely from network devices challenges arise in easily validating the user’s identity. Seamless sign-in and adaptive authentication using multiple factors have never been more critical for security, while also providing a frictionless experience for end users.
As many customers discover after executing the initial phases of their IAM program, going live is just the start of an ongoing journey. Maintaining and enhancing IAM systems and infrastructure is a continuous balance of ensuring your resources have the right skillsets and availability to keep these systems updated and securely managed, while also expanding the integrations to gain optimal performance across the enterprise. Providing the right talent, on-demand or ongoing, has never been more necessary.
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Identity at the Center is a weekly podcast all about identity security in the context of identity and access management (IAM). With a combined 30+ years of IAM experience, hosts Jim McDonald and Jeff Steadman bring you conversations with news, topics, and guests from the identity management industry.
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