Failure to institute sufficient identity based access control has resulted in corporate data losses time and again.

What is IAM?

Identity and Access Management is vital to security.

Companies must protect sensitive information, while providing employees, partners and customers access to information they need, when they need it. However, failure to institute sufficient identity-based access control has resulted in corporate data losses time and again. Identity and Access Management (IAM) not only helps to reduce a company’s threat surface; it’s also vital in reducing costs, ensuring regulatory compliance, streamlining core security, enhancing operational functions, and enhancing service delivery.

Gartner defines IAM as the security discipline that enables the right individuals to access the right resources at the right times for the right reasons. It is a set of business processes, information, and technology for managing and using digital entities. IAM addresses the mission-critical need to ensure appropriate access to resources across technology environments.

An effective IAM system provides functionality for identity lifecycle management and access control. IAM includes policies, processes, and workflows for onboarding, off-boarding, identity modification, provisioning, authentication, authorization, and user management enforcement. Enterprises that develop mature IAM capabilities can reduce their identity management costs and, more importantly, become significantly more agile in supporting new business initiatives.

The technology climate of business is continually evolving and increasingly complex. IT departments across industries must respond to the changing needs of the workforce – including new cloud applications, mobility and BYOD practices – while also meeting increasingly rigorous compliance requirements.

Protecting database security is critical. Today, two-thirds of sensitive and regulated data resides in databases – and this doubles every two years. According to a data breach report from Verizon, 97% of breaches are preventable. Poorly managed collaboration environments often give the wrong people access to sensitive data, exposing the enterprise to legal and regulatory liability and reputational damage. Because security threats decrease the value of a brand and lead to regulatory fines and loss of data and revenue, the execution of an effective IAM strategy is a crucial undertaking for any enterprise. IAM integration is becoming increasingly business-aligned, and it requires business skills, not just technical expertise.

In a well-architected IAM solution, an organization can report on activity regardless of the application, platform, or device, allowing for a mobile workforce through cloud computing or BYOD options. Usability is gaining importance – customers and partners leverage external user portals and now expect the same caliber user interfaces in enterprise IAM solutions that they find on their personal mobile devices. And ensuring that everyone is properly authenticated, authorized, and audited extends far beyond employees to include partners and customers.

IAM ensures the right people get the right access to the right resources at the right time, enabling the right business outcomes. In real life, however, this is not as simple as it sounds. IAM can be difficult to implement, and many enterprises don’t fully understand its benefits in terms of advancing business and technology objectives.

ICSynergy is the leading integrator of IAM and database solutions, helping our clients seamlessly bridge the gap between business requirements and IAM security. We are laser-focused on delivering mission-critical IAM solutions that help our customers. We have created best practices for the technology, people, policies, and processes to ensure successful solutions. All businesses today face IAM problems and challenges such as reducing enterprise costs, delivering operational results, improving efficiency, and attracting and retaining new customers. ICSynergy understands these and other business drivers, and we use IAM as a tool to facilitate change and optimization.

Our team, led by Mike Thompson and Martin Gee, have been dedicated to ensuring our customers’ success since starting the firm in 2000. Since then, we have delivered more than 200 successful IAM deployments throughout North America at key Fortune 1000 clients, representing many industries. These deployments include IAM integration and migration from existing to new systems, installation of new IAM platforms and customized services such as governance, provisioning, password management, directory services (LDAP), single sign-on (SSO), and role management.

Call us today and tell us how we can deliver an IAM solution to help your organization get the job done.