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Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a structure of enterprise processes, guidelines and tech tools that enable a business to administer digital identities on its information technology (IT) network. IAM tools are designed to empower IT managers with the capacity to manage and regulate user access to crucial information within their companies, based on the roles individual users play within the enterprise.
In this framework, access refers to the ability of an individual user to execute a particular task, such as creating, viewing or editing a digital file. The organization’s job hierarchy of authority, competency and responsibility is what defines the role of everyone on the IAM system.
IAM technologies enable organizations to create and manage user identities for their IT systems and automatically control the access these users have to the data flowing on the system.
This presents the following benefits to organizations compared to using manual IT network access management methods:
The first step to choosing the right identity and access management tool for your business is knowing exactly what it should do for you. On a basic level, any IAM system should perform the following tasks:
More broadly, IAM systems can be single sign-on systems, privileged access management (PAM) or multi-factor authentication. They can be delivered through on-premise installment or via cloud-based subscription.
Legacy IT systems usually have a built-in identity and access management functionality, but updating this is often challenging, expensive and time-consuming. Therefore most companies today are opting for third-party IAM tools that reduce the need for technical support. These tools are available in various models, such as an Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) cloud model, a hybrid cloud model, or a microservices model.
Some of the popular IAM tools available today include Microsoft Azure Active Directory, IBM Security Identity and Access Assurance, Oracle Identity Cloud Service, Okta, Centrify and RSA SecurID Access.
Not having an effective IAM strategy presents substantial risks for both compliance and security. Creating and implementing a coherent IAM plan is more important than ever given the disruptive trends of the modern IT business environment. Bring your own device (BYOD), cloud computing, and working remote, are all examples of why IT managers today have more people and devices to take into consideration when keeping business data flowing while also managing access to that data.
However, adopting an IAM tool also introduces the risk of having all of the company’s cybersecurity protocols in one place. If it is compromised, the whole IT system can be breached. Therefore you need experts who can guide you to find and implement the right tool for your business.