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Will Creating Fine-Grained Entitlements be a Better Identity Governance Solution?

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Organizations need identity governance solutions comprising all identities while providing detailed entitlements to comply with data sharing and permissions regulatory requirements.

Fremont, CA: When organizations realize the necessity of good digital identities, they lack the knowledge of creating them. Creating good digital identities starts with the definition of the user. In this cloud-driven world, users can be customers, employees, vendors, or others. However, for a good digital identity, organizations need solutions that help them manage these diverse definitions. It is essential to secure them before defining them and creating comprehensive access governance programs that deter surplus access and privilege misuse that lead to data breaches.

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The effect of digital transformation on people’s privacy rights has made regulatory bodies and industry-standard organizations worry about it. Effective data privacy regulations like the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) mark the importance of establishing digital identity governance. Yet, privacy protection relies on making sure that all user identities retain the right access to the right resources at the appropriate time for the right reason.

The complex cloud ecosystems obfuscate visibility into data access, thus putting information at risk.  Also, users access a multitude of applications across the IT architecture associated with their job functions. Further, traditional application-level permissions result in a variety of new risks in cloud ecosystems, including segregation of duties (SOD) violations within ERP platforms and increased access to information that violates data-sharing regulations. However, these risks touch upon data sharing and permission problems. Many industries are increasingly adopting the internet of things (IoT) devices. Healthcare organizations incorporate IoT devices to monitor patients better.

Organizations need identity governance solutions that encompass all identities while also providing detailed entitlements to comply with data sharing and permissions regulatory requirements. At the same time, they require a way to ensure that their access request, review, and certification process for provisioning access meets “least privilege” requirements. Thus, creating fine-grained entitlements limits access to the application and promote cyber enterprise hygiene and protect consumers.

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