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How Useful are Cloud Solutions and Identity Analytics In IGA?

By CIOReview | Monday, December 9, 2019

Cloud solutions and identity analytics make it easy for businesses to manage digital identities and entitlements across multiple systems and applications.

Fremont, CA: Identity governance and administration (IGA) is designed to manage digital identities and entitlements across multiple systems and applications. It is a strategic component of identity and access management (IAM). IGA tools are of great importance as they make sure the right access by right people to the right applications and data for the right reasons at the right times. To implement this, IGA tools aggregate and correlate disparate identity and entitlement data distributed across the IT landscape for further control over user access. IGA solutions should provide some of the primary functions like identity life cycle, access requests, entitlement management, workflow, access certification, policy and role management, fulfillment, identity analytics, auditing, and reporting. These solutions support robust IT security.

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Identity governance and administration has evolved from simple provisioning use cases to more advanced, proactive, and risk-aware governance. This is because of a significant influx in the number of identities within an organization, including not just employees but also partners, vendors, customers, internet of things (IoT) devices, and robotic process automation (RPA) bots. With many users, entitlements, and applications introduced into the IAM environment, it’s becoming more critical to strengthen security posture to provide a holistic view of risk.

Enterprises can manage applications from the cloud for identity life cycle and access requests. This cloud architected IGA solutions provide scalability and speed while saving costs. As cloud solutions are used, organizations can scale up and scale down their cloud usage based on the requirements. This allows paying only for what is consumed.

Also, identity analytics is a way to evaluate risks based on identity information insights by applying techniques to eliminate excessive, outlier, or wrongful entitlements and improve the continuous process of identity governance, including risk reporting. Identity analytics enables smarter micro certification campaigns, enhanced policy violation detection, contextualized access requests, and approvals, among other use cases. According to Gartner, “Through 2020, IGA implementations that start with cleanup analytics will show increased ROI as it includes decision support and “help me decide” functionality that gives quick insights to support informed access and certification decisions and avoid merely approving everything.

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