The Importance of People in an Identity Management Strategy
The identity and access management (IAM) industry spends so much time talking about how technology is the key to unlocking your enterprise’s potential-- and while that’s certainly part of it -- we’re overlooking something very important in the process: People.
No IAM program could be fully conceptualized or realized without a leader in the form of a CIO, CISO, a Program Manager or otherwise taking the first step.
Albeit complex, and having a history of being difficult or unsuccessful, this is widely because many companies fail to funnel the right number of resources for successful IAM execution.
Studies have shown many employees realize they need added security, yet they continue risky behaviors, and insecure access points continue for the sake of convenience and usability.
An important thing to understand is many employees don’t do this maliciously. In this blog, we are going to explore some of the behaviors of people in the enterprise, and why this results in ongoing security breaches.
The Dangers of Shortcuts in Identity Management
If there was a golden rule of IAM, it would be access governance. Yet how many enterprises out there know every single one of their employees’ access capabilities and permissions? You’d be hard-pressed for a majority with full-fledged IAM.
Because HR requires many onboarding processes to be onsite, and off-boarding on the effective date is sometimes backdated, this can bottleneck the system for days or weeks. That’s simply not acceptable anymore!
And sure, many companies have automated processes in place to handle some of the lifting, but the question is, how good are those processes, and what are they covering/not covering? You won’t know this without the proper people.
Below are some of the dangers of taking shortcuts and just assuming everything’s fine:
- You risk data breaches
- Unstructured data can’t be regulated
- There’s no way to track compliance in your corporate environment
Engaging People in Your Corporation
Consulting firms such as Identropy take the time to acquaint themselves with your organization, existing processes, future processes needs, user types, end-points and the people responsible for policies, processes and procedures. It’s the people, not the technology, that creates the plan of action. Without a clear path in mind, an IAM infrastructure would not be sustainable over time.
It would be self-evident to say that people are important because of the above-mentioned points. But it’s not only important--it’s essential. If you don’t have buy-in from your peers and management, IAM doesn’t exist. The very core of identity management centers around the communication of people.
Communicating allows for the deliverance of what your enterprise needs--this is how IAM maintains stability and thrives. Without this, identity management would be doomed to fail, which is why many enterprises continue to struggle.
Start the Conversation
To everyone spearheading the beginnings of an identity management strategy in your organization, keep on persevering. While it’s not easy to integrate a new strategy into day-to-day processes, this is largely why communicating with a consulting firm can be invaluable to your efforts.
We invite you to contact us to assess your enterprise’s processes and help choose the right Plan, Build, and Run strategy for you!