A truly agile platform will conduct multiple roles within a company's broader security framework to address all elements of a robust IAM strategy while enabling a positive user experience.

FREMONT, CA: An identity management system is a precious tool for organizations. Access must be governed using scalable and granular control mechanisms to preserve data security. The method is too difficult to manage manually, so companies need to find alternatives with features tailored to satisfy today's multi-faceted access criteria.

Integration and Compatibility

The introduction of any new software into an enterprise system generates a potential for conflict between platforms. Identity Access Management (IAM) solutions need to be tested to ensure compatibility and avoid potential problems arising from ineffective access management. If conflicts occur, a different solution may be required. Conversely, there may be a need to upgrade current systems to support newer IAM technology and eliminate security gaps often found in legacy systems.

Relevance is another significant factor. IAM solutions must do more than support a particular type of login method or provide security alerts to the IT department. A truly agile platform will conduct multiple roles within a company's broader security framework to address all elements of a robust IAM strategy while enabling a positive user experience.

Mobile-Ready Access Control

Enterprises are still struggling with the number of user-owned devices accessing their networks. These devices represent significant safety concerns, particularly in the hands of employees who do not have a firm grasp of best practices' safety. While employee education remains a significant aspect of any cybersecurity strategy, IAM can mitigate threats by enabling detailed behavioral and contextual access control.

The ‘anywhere, anytime’ essence of the use of mobile devices requires the creation of safe access parameters. Enterprises need the capacity to define appropriate access based on:  device type, day and time, and location:  The implementation of limitations minimizes the risk of unauthorized access and facilitates the detection of unusual access behaviors.

Numerous Identity Verification Options

Every method of identity verification has downsides, some of which are still being found. Identity management solutions address this issue by offering flexible login options that integrate multiple forms of identity verification. Multi-factor authentication is the most common approach to access control and may incorporate factors such as:

• Passwords:

• Biometrics

• One-time passwords

• Email links

• Authenticator applications

In networks managing a great deal of sensitive information or where privileged access is essential for specific roles, additional verification must be required for high-risk access requests.