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March 22nd, 2013

Posted on March 22nd, 2013, 5:31

The technologically enabled business world  finds the digital entities  playing an important role on how users  interact to a networked environment. With increasing threats to the networks from inside and outside, the organization needs to manage the users efficiently while providing them access to the networked resources. To curb the presence of various threats affecting the corporate networks and their crucial data the IT experts have worked out solutions to provide a continuous access to the users.

Globalization and spread of the business across wide geographical regions  through mergers and acquisitions  have only made  identity and access management  solutions  more complex. As enterprises do not store and use  identity information in one place but in multiple  directories under different departments and countries has further increased the complexity of security issues and the need for data protection solutions.


Identity management has been  defined as the process for managing the entire lifecycle of  people, systems and services with the help of emerging technologies to control access to company resources. Access management on the other hand relates  to the process of regulating access to information through policy-based regulations and restrictions. Together, the combination of processes, technologies, and policies enabled by software to manage user identities throughout their life cycle is termed as Identity and Access Management  solution.


However, today's business growth with e-commerce and web presence has paved the way for identity and access management has to emerge  as a vital aspect realizing benefits such as cost savings, management control, operational efficiency. Enterprises need to work out solutions to provide access to the application  available in the system both through the in-house systems as well as modern day mobile devices. With most of the enterprises opting for anywhere anytime access to the corporate networks to ensure business continuity the enterprises also need to ensure mobile security.


The  identity and access management  components are further classified under separate categories such as


  • authentication
  • authorization,
  • user management and
  • central user repository (Enterprise Directory).


This helps to work on the goal of providing right people right access to the resources. However, for the IAM framework which consists of people, processes and products  to function flawlessly enterprises should  ensure  genuineness of data without compromising on the security of the  business critical information.


In today's technologically heterogeneous environment, Identity access management  is the security discipline that addresses the mission-critical need to ensure  access to resources across  and to meet  the  compliance requirements.

This security  undertaking for any enterprise is business-aligned, and requires business skills, besides technical expertise. Gartner  like the leading service providers  recommends  IT leaders take a four-phase approach which includes Strategy and Design, Control Integration and Sustenance and Optimization for an end-to-end services for Identity and Access Management  practices that can support secure business processes.


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