- Business Outcomes
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a framework of policies, processes and technologies to manage digital identities and control user access.
IAM assigns users specific roles and allows access and privileges based on these roles. By ensuring users only access the applications, systems and data they need, security and user experience are hugely improved, enabling better business outcomes such as mobile and remote working and cloud adoption.
One of the most common ways for hackers to access an organisation's networks is to use malware, phishing and ransomware to compromise user credentials. IAM attempts to prevent this by assigning one digital identity to each user. From there, the solution maintains, modifies, and monitors access levels and privileges through each user’s access life cycle.
Processes which rely on manually provisioning users and assigning access privileges are prone to human error and increase an organisation's security risk. By creating role-based access rights, the IAM will automate these tasks, reducing the risk.
IAM frameworks are crucial to controlling user access to critical information and implementing access control based on a user's role, such as job title, level of authority, and responsibility within the business.
IAM solution is crucial to preventing security risks when an employee leaves. Manually de-provisioning often takes time and may even be forgotten entirely, leaving a security gap for hackers.
IAM prevents this by automatically de-provisioning access rights once a user leaves the company or as their role within the organisation changes.
Digital identities can be created for devices or applications as well as users, establishing further trust and providing deeper context around whether a user is who they say they are and the applications they are entitled to access.
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