10 quick tips on Identity Access Management

Here are our Identity Access Management (IAM) top tips for the implementation of an solution to protect company informatiion from unauthorized access by internal and external users.

Quick tips Identity Access Management – what you need to consider

Identity Access Management - the key to enhanced security

Identity Access Management – the key to enhanced security

End-to-End Access Management

Organizations should be able to match every existing user account in Active Directory, Lotus Notes, SAP, or other business-critical applications to a real person currently working for the company. Aside from the security aspect, unused application licenses cost a lot of money.

Clearly Defined Goals

A successful project requires clearly defined objectives and deliverables as well as streamlined planning and control. The prerequisite here is for close cooperation between experienced staff on the customer side and the Identity Access Management solution provider. It is also important that the project team has access to staff members with experienced in business process and organizational questions. This closes the gap between IT and business.

Industry Experience and Guaranteed Prices

Decision makers are often concerned about the complexity of this type of project and about high levels of investment, so the IAM provider must be able to inspire confidence and trust. This is facilitated by many years’ experience in the Identity Access Management market and expertise in the implementation of requirements that may be of a very company- or industry-specific nature. In addition, fixed-price offers are increasingly demanded, especially by smaller and midsized companies, and are usually based on a package of deliverables that is precisely defined before the project starts.

Integration of the HR System

One of the first steps should be to integrate the HR system and automate the connection. The reason for this is that problems often arise due to a lack of coordination between the HR and IT departments. Staff changes may be reported to IT late or only intermittently. The error rate may also rise if staff names are being entered manually and in a decentralized way.

Start the Project with a Cleanup

The first thing to do is match the individual user accounts with the physical person. This process of user ID consolidation is the first key step in detecting orphaned user accounts.

Introduction of Access Roles

Access rights bundles, or roles, significantly reduce the time and cost of administration and facilitate automation. The process involves grouping individual user access rights into a role for company staff with identical tasks. Role-mining tools can be used to support the definition and ongoing optimization of these roles.

Self-Service Functions

User-oriented, web-based applications for self-service password resets are advantageous – they increase staff productivity, as individuals no longer need to wait for their new password. These applications also reduce help desk administration costs and workload.

Recertification for sustainable Project Success

It is important to undertake continual verification and updating of existing access rights structures. This process, known as recertification, involves carrying out a regular validation and attestation of access rights.

Essential Segregation of Duties

The segregation of duties is another success factor for Identity Access Management projects. It involves eliminating the allocation of mutually exclusive access rights on the user level.

The Bridge between Business and IT

Today’s Identity Access Management solutions do a lot more than manage access rights in a purely technical sense. They need to be much more business process oriented and be tightly integrated with the complex structure of the enterprise via business-oriented roles. In other words, they must be able to bridge the gap between business and IT.

Further information about Beta Systems’ IAM solutions is available at http://www.betasystems-iam.com

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Thomas gr. Osterhues
Thomas is Senior Manager Marketing at Beta Systems. While working at market leaders Coca-Cola and Lidl, he was infected with the tech bug and moved rapidly into the software world, working for leading ECM and IAM companies in Marketing, Channel Sales and Product & Solution Management., with a strong focus on business processes and identity access management challenges at large clients. He is able to rapidly understand and articulate how technology can solve specific business challenges: for sectors, channels, prospects, teams ... and bring all stakeholders on board. He is someone who gets the job done – and then some.

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