Coordinating Identity and Access Management at the Enterprise Level
Identity and access management (IAM) has evolved into an important security scheme that enables enterprises to manage consistent access to facilities and resources. IAM oversees the mission-critical responsibility of ensuring secure and proper access to company resources in today’s increasingly diverse business environments. It also provides the necessary technology to meet progressively rigorous compliance demands. IAM is becoming more business-aligned, which demands business proficiency in addition to technical expertise.
Organizations that cultivate advanced IAM capabilities can lower their identity management costs and become significantly more agile when it comes to sustaining new business undertakings.
IAM and Physical Access Security
IAM technologies provide authentication, authorization and provisioning services to control access to a facility’s doors and physical environments. For compliance- and security-minded executives, it provides insight and unity, while eradicating corporate risk and silos.
For years, IT focused on eliminating silos between systems to streamline data storage and improve business auditing processes. Whenever disparate systems collect comparable information, the risk of inconsistencies and errors increases. Enterprises that coordinate IAM utilize digital methods for authenticating employee identities and access authorization, both remote and physical.
IAM Eliminates Disparate Systems’ Risks
ID badges, cards or keys are the enterprise-level answer to authorization on a large scale, but there’s a problem. Too often systems that track physical access are disconnected from those that track digital access. IAM eliminates these inefficient systems and their data silos through integration.
IAM has never been more important to enterprise security. A sophisticated level of access control is crucial to business cogency and flexibility. Initially driven by compliance and user provisioning, IAM used to have limited reach in its application, provided a low return on investment, and offered restricted controls and views of access. Today, it is driven more extensively by risk and user entitlement. The scope of application has also increased significantly, and visibility is exceptional. IAM’s newest capabilities include advances in application and technology support.
IAM offers real value for security-centric enterprises, reducing both physical and digital security risks so organizations can control access more consistently. Centralizing provisioning processes and automating workflows ensures faster, more efficient access security and auditing. Correlating badge swipe and access attempt information facilitates risk management and compliance auditing.
Deploying Identity and Access Management
Taking the first steps toward deploying IAM may seem daunting, but with a clear understanding of your business’s requirements and desired outcomes, it shouldn’t be a harrowing and technically complicated project. Deployment should be risk-based and provided in phases, rather than all at once. Make sure that management and processes are in place for your IAM solution to be effective, deliver value, and facilitate business.
With more regulations such as GDPR being implemented, IAM is your enterprise’s best ally. Perimeter devices no longer effectively protect or govern access, so organizations need to adjust their strategies. Now is the time to seize the business enabler view of IAM—it’s not just another security tool. Contact Veristream at 888-718-0807 for more information about identity and access management, and schedule your free demo.