Identity governance and administration solutions motivate stakeholders to review access requests and identify difficulties, such as a violation of segregation of duties.

FREMONT, CA: Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, identity management has emerged as the most crucial business security strategy for enabling remote workers while safeguarding firm data and IT services. Though much of the media attention has been focused on evolving technologies in enterprise Identity and Access Management (IAM), such as enabling passwordless and multifactor authentication, it is often overlooked that Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) is undergoing its own renaissance, owing to pandemic-related access requirements as well as recently enacted compliance regulations.

Here are key characteristics that are often only available on IGA platforms and that significantly increase access security and an organization's ability to achieve regulatory compliance goals.

Automated Onboarding—Adding new users to a range of IT services (both on-premises and in the cloud) is time-consuming, error-prone, and inconsistent when done manually. Organizations can offer access to specified IT resources depending on certain user attributes like job function (that is, role), physical location, or work requirements by employing automation.

User Self-Service—Today's tech-savvy workforces prefer to handle access enabling chores themselves rather than dealing with an IT support help desk. Users can use self-service capabilities in IGA solutions to seek access, set/reset credentials (for example, passwords), and conduct approval activities. Self-service capabilities can free up IT administrators to focus on more important duties by reducing their management efforts.

Certification Campaigns Orchestration—Access to business IT services is frequently subject to approval by the service's designated owner. IGA solutions motivate stakeholders to review access requests and identify difficulties, such as a violation of segregation of duties. Solutions may also include recommendations for activities to take or the level of risk associated with granting access.

Automated Offboarding—When a user leaves the company (for example, due to termination), all user's access accounts must be disabled promptly. Most firms, unfortunately, fail to keep track of all allowed access across all local, online, SaaS, and business-hosted services, and many departing user accounts are forgotten about and left active indefinitely. With automated offboarding, all of a user's accounts are deleted simultaneously with a single step.

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