Identify Priorities and Establish Clear Goals
(Source: SailPoint Technologies, Inc. Identity and Access Management Buyer’s Guide)
Identity and access management is a strategic imperative for organizations of all sizes. Companies ranging from large, multi-national enterprises to smaller, fast-growing businesses must address requirements to protect and govern access to critical applications, systems and databases whether in the cloud or on-premises. Identity and access management plays a critical role in enabling organizations to inventory, analyze and understand the access privileges granted to their employees — and to be ready to answer the critical question: “Who has access to what?” At the same time, today’s enterprise demands faster and higher levels of service delivery across an increasingly diverse and dynamic environment:
- There are growing populations of external users, such as partners, agents, and customers, that need access
- New users come on board daily, requiring immediate access to enterprise resources
- Users’ responsibilities change, or their relationships with the enterprise end, and access must quickly be modified or revoked
- Users want fast, convenient access resources anytime, anywhere using smartphones and tablets
- Some applications and users represent a higher level of risk to the organization than others and require more focus
For IT staff, the challenge becomes how to meet service-level demands while identifying and managing high-risk activities, enforcing policy and security, maintaining stringent controls and addressing compliance requirements. Because there are many different business drivers for identity and access management, you may wonder how and when to put the different components of a solution in place. The answer depends on your business priorities and the immediate challenges facing your organization. To get started, step back and assess your most urgent issues. Do you understand what you want your solution to help you achieve? Here are some common business goals that can help you determine your own unique priorities:
- Speed delivery of access to business users
- Increase business user productivity
- Manage access across on-premises and cloud applications
- Reduce the cost of managing access change
- Eliminate audit deficiencies and improve audit performance
- Lower the cost of compliance
- Salvage or replace an existing provisioning system
Be sure to read blog #2, Speed Delivery of Access to Business Users, for more detail about the business drivers for identity management — the goals organizations most frequently hope to achieve with their implementation.
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