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Challenges for Identity and Access Management in IT

April 19th, 2013

With the wave of new information technology crashing over the IT market on an almost daily basis, there is an ever growing concern over corporate identity and access management. Most companies either have internal data management systems or they’ve switched all or a portion of their information management over to cloud based servers and devices. Yet, almost weekly, there are reports of computer hackers gaining access to corporate data and in some cases, taking entire networks down in seconds. When this happens, it costs companies thousands in lost productivity and revenues.

Identity and Access Management for Businesses

There are several challenges for identity and access management that a business will want to consider, as we move into an ever increasing web-based world. One is giving the key administrators access to large databases of information without losing integrity of data. Second is protecting the sheer volume of information created on not only internal business systems, but also by the growing number of employees who access work via mobile devices, social networks and portable platforms.

Methods to Protect Corporate Data

Fortunately, there are some ways that an IT department can use to protect corporate information and identity management.

  • Privileged Account Management – Throughout the course of employment, the IT department can control the actual access rights and activity of users on an individual basis. This helps to lock away certain information that some users are not privileged to see. By using this method, security and compliance is enhanced through access control.
  • User Identity Administration – Automating IT administration and understanding who is using corporate information systems can support a securely managed lifecycle. By identifying individual access and usage data, information is managed in real time and can be archived for future investigations or breeches. UIA can also provide reports of events to aid in prosecution of offenders.
  • Access and Activity Governance – If the corporate IT department needs to, it can limit access by one, some, or all users to stop the spread of computer viruses and retain secure access to protect information from outside sources. Additionally, this governance can be controlled internally by upper management to authorize employee’s use of business-critical files when needed.

While there will never be an end to information theft, companies can take an active approach to prevent and stop the access and destruction of corporate data by using one or all of the above methods. Hiring quality IT staff is also a good approach to maintaining the integrity and safety of your data.

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