Today's business environment is fast-paced, has more apps, more user categorizations, and is more difficult for IT to support than in history.

FREMONT, CA: Today's corporate environment is more dynamic, includes more apps and user classifications and is exponentially more difficult for IT to support than in the past. What was once simple has evolved into a vast, interconnected ecosystem with thousands of programs, people, and gadgets.

This has produced a network of access points and links. And organizations working in this world must oversee and manage millions, if not billions, of access points securely and efficiently.

It should come as no surprise that many security professionals are searching for a next-generation identity management system that can address current security concerns and grow to meet future challenges.

However, with the right plan in place, companies can help their organization become more efficient, more secure, save money, and reduce the irritation caused by inefficient practices and policies.

Here are some best practices for identity management that companies should incorporate into their Identity and Access Management (IAM) strategy.

Start with the end in mind: Typically, pain is precipitated by an organization's need for identity and access management (IAM) technology. Perhaps the help desk is overwhelmed with requests for access and password resets. A recent compliance audit may have failed, or excessive user permissions may have been uncovered. Or, the current use of cloud-based applications has diminished security visibility while increasing the IT ecosystem's complexity. Worse, companies may have learned that it is only time until a significant data breach affects their firm.

As with most significant endeavors, the first step is to visualize the desired outcome. This could take the form of a variety of objectives for their firm, but they typically involve saving time and money.

If companies don't know where they're going, they can't figure out how to get there.

Eliminate High-Risk Systems: Historically, enterprises have been hesitant to migrate their on-premises systems to the cloud due to security concerns. However, using on-premises data centers and apps is riskier than cloud-based alternatives.

On-premises resources cannot match the security offered by cloud service providers. Keeping hackers and data breaches at bay requires many people, money, and resources for onsite data systems.

Businesses will increase security by replacing their traditional systems with a cloud service provider through patch management, segmentation, encryption, integrations, and specific access requirements.

Review and removal of orphaned accounts regularly: Within a company, change is continual. A user must be appropriately offboarded from the network if he or she relocates to a new section of the organization or departs the company. If an account is not deprovisioned and deleted, it becomes an orphaned account. This account holds the information of former users, but there is no current user assigned to it.

Without a robust identity management solution, orphaned accounts become hackers' gold mines if they go undiscovered. These accounts allow them to collect passwords and assume the identities of orphaned accounts, resulting in security breaches and assaults. This is why it is crucial to implement proper onboarding and offboarding procedures.