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How to Implement Identity and Access Management Effectively in Organizations?

By CIOReview | Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Establishing a secure business environment is a centrifugal necessity today. Organizations are taking up the apt Identity and Access Management strategies to promote better cybersecurity in their business.

With the increased digital interference, it has become very important to control the authenticated and authorized in terms of the organization's resources. To safeguard one's organization, they must ensure the implementation of the appropriate IAM into their business operations.

Here are some of the best practices one can adopt for effectively utilizing the Identity and Access Management system of their organization.

Documentation

An IAM system can never be successful without the documentation of the guidelines and rules. Everyone in the organization must understand and accept the document. But organizations must not be unconditionally dependent on documentation and manage them in a balanced way. Some organizations also adopt privileged account management which is often linked with a lack of communication where individuals believe that others are doing their jobs but do not have access to monitor it. This again makes the IAM system ineffective. So the right person must have the right access to systems.

Centralizing security and critical systems

Organizations, often, overlook the implementation of IAM systems on all parts of the network. Commonly, organizations focus on employing IAM with windows Active Directory while the other cloud environments, source code repositories, and other web systems are beyond the range of the IAM. As the execution of a successful IAM across the organization is time-consuming, experts suggest that the program should be split into phases that can corroborate the safe implementation of the IAM.

Redefine the business processes to minimize risk

The elemental IAM best practices must be focused on, within the organization, without compromising the regular procedures of IAM. Often the unnatural access-requests, actual access rights, and requested access rights go unrecognized. But overseeing these, pose long term security risks, and therefore, it is important to check these processes and ensure a risk-free environment.

Evaluating the efficiency of the prevailing IAM system

When companies implement certain security features in their IAM program, they might get falsely assured about security and can neglect regular examination of the security controls. So organizations must analyze the working of the program, how it is benefiting them, and how efficient are the security controls. Considering to adopt such practices can help maintain a secure and efficient IAM system.

IAM has plentiful to offer to the organizations. But the focus must lie on understanding the needs of the organization based on which the IAM will be implemented and how well the security measures are incorporated. The Identity and Access Management system can take away the headache of dealing with unnecessary logins, permission grants, and access and thereby put in the right access in the hands of the right people.