3 Key Identity Management Tips to Streamline Workflows

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If you want a simple, thorough guide on how to rationalize workflows in your organization, you’ve come to the right place. With more than 30 years of Identity and Access Management (IAM) experience, Beta Systems’ IAM has positioned itself as one of the leading providers of IAM solutions. Discover Best Key Identity Management Tips to streamline workflows in your Organization.

3 Key Identity Management Tips to Streamline Workflows

Identity management is one of the most complex activities undertaken by IT organizations. The nature of the work requires close collaboration with other technology functions, HR teams, businesses, and functional leaders. It ensures through its framework of policies and technologies that the right users in an organization have the appropriate access to technology resources. When identity management processes function effectively, they remain transparent to those not directly involved in the management process. However, when things go wrong, identity management can cripple operational functions.

The crucial nature of identity management practices requires careful attention from technology leaders. It also requires the dedication of skilled team members to take care of processes and agents to ensure continuous improvement. Organizations should have full control over their identity management lifecycle and audit IAM processes to make sure that they don’t miss any opportunity to streamline and optimize workflows. To increase efficiency and secure workflows, learn how to implement automation, emergency workflows, and auditing. Use the following key identity management tips to optimize operating processes in your organization.

Automate to improve efficiency and reduce error

The main work performed by identity management teams is to assure a routine of workflow. Each day, enterprises hire new employees, some of them change roles in organizations and others leave organizations for different reasons. In response to such changes, standardize the workflows for identity management tasks. Hence, automation.

Organizations should consider integrating their IAM system with their Human Resource Management (HRM) systems. This integration enables organizations to automate the creation, modification, and disablement of user accounts. In doing so, new employees can join organizations, switch job roles over time and eventually depart with no need for any identity management staff to manually interact with their account in the IAM system.

Standardize emergency workflows with identity management

Many, if not all, organizations are not free from emergencies. As a matter of fact, there is a need for manual intervention in the identity management lifecycle. This is quite crucial to plan. For example, some employees suddenly leave or end their work under adverse circumstances. Such cases require the immediate revocation of access privileges. In most cases, this usually takes hours or days for normal HRM processes to reflect such changes. This, therefore, necessitates the presence of the identity management team to manually intervene and disable the account promptly.

It is true that IAM challenges do exist, however, this does not prevent the standardization or automation of emergency workflows. Identity management teams should therefore standardize processes to handle emergency requests. If these requests occur frequently, implement scripting and other automation to improve the efficiency of processing emergency workflows.

Conduct audits to detect IAM errors

It is no doubt that IAM is an error-prone work. Unfortunately, IAM processes have some drawbacks. Accounts that should be revoked often remain active on a system after an employee leaves. Privilege creep may also occur, where users are granted new privileges when they transit to a new role in an organization, but old privileges stay unchanged. User access reviews and audits can help prevent these situations and reduce risk.

IAM teams should implement standardized review processes that occur at a minimum on an annual basis. During each periodic review, managers receive a listing of access privileges for each of their employees and sign off that privileges are necessary and appropriate for their current job role. Automating and auditing identity management workflows can greatly increase the efficiency of IT staff and improve security. By supplementing workflows with emergency procedures and routine audits to detect errors, an organization’s level of security will be greatly enhanced.

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4 Essential Identity and Access Management Best Practices

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With the complexities of today’s networks, ensuring proper oversight of network identities and related assets is crucial. Just as perimeter security and patch management are critical components of a security program, identity and access management must also be mastered.
Implementing a successful IAM program is challenging because every organization has
unique needs and tolerances to risk.
However, there are a handful of fundamental steps security teams can take to master IAM at organizations of all sizes and industries.
Avoid identity and access oversight from becoming the network’s Achilles’ heel by adopting the following four identity and access management best practices.

Document expectations and responsibilities for
IAM success

A successful IAM system is not complete unless and until the rules of engagement are
documented. While documentation is not everything — too many organizations rely on it too
much — it is a necessity. Infosec professionals must avoid an overreliance on documentation
and instead develop — and communicate — standards and policies in a balanced way.

Many organizations implement privileged account management, single sign-on and user
provisioning, and yet, these IAM controls are ineffective time and again. This is often a result
of communication breakdowns among IT and security teams, stakeholders, system analysts,
business unit leaders and HR managers. It is commonly the case that each individual is
looking at each other and assuming that everyone is doing their part. Troublingly, IAM
standards, policies and procedures hang in the balance as a result. It is important this
documentation is understood by and agreed upon by everyone across the organization to
implement the identity and access management best practices successfully.

Centralize security and critical systems around

Many organizations make the mistake of implementing expensive IAM systems on one part
of the network — typically with Windows Active Directory — while other critical systems fall
outside of such purview. This includes ERP and other web systems, mobile and cloud
environments, source code repositories and IoT. Adding to the disarray in these cases,
internal employee identities are governed, but external partners, contractors and customers
are often not subject to oversight.
IAM is not easy, and successfully implementing an IAM system enterprise-wide can take a
significant amount of time. An identity and access management best practice is to roll out
the program in phases to ensure secure adoption of policies and procedures. Make sure
short- and long-term plans expand the scope of IAM across all business-critical systems
where possible and reasonable.

Codify business processes to minimize risks

Often, day-to-day processes for identity management and account access are taken for
granted. For example, common roles needing access, anomalous access requests and
actual versus requested access rights must be considered.
These fundamental identity and access management best practices should not be glossed
over. If left unchecked, they perpetuate identity- and account-related oversights and what might be considered unnecessary security risks. For example, privilege creep and identity lifecycle mismanagement can occur, resulting in consequences both swift and steep.

Evaluate the efficacy of current IAM controls

Unfortunately, implementing the security controls in an IAM program can lull organizations
into a false sense of security. This phenomenon of taking security for granted may manifest
in security teams not measuring the IAM program’s progress over time.
In some cases, enterprise investments are made and controls are rolled out, yet the IAM
program is not effectively enforcing or governing identity authentication and access across
the network. The best way to avoid underimplementing IAM systems in this way is to
continually ask the question, “How is this program working for the organization?” Determine
specific benefits and drawbacks in the context of security oversight, and measure those
metrics. Use zero-based thinking to determine what the organization should do more of and
what it should do less of when it comes to IAM implementation. This exercise can go a long
way toward achieving and maintaining a truly effective IAM system.

8 additional IAM best practices to consider

Expensive investments in the latest cybersecurity tools and technology are no replacement
for the protection that IAM best practices can provide. Take these steps to securely manage
network identities and limit the risk of IAM-related security incidents:

  1. Reduce network complexity wherever possible.
  2. Improve audit trails to help with oversight and compliance.
  3. Implement separation of duties and principle of least privilege.
  4. Ensure users have the proper permissions they need to do their jobs.
  5. Ensure privileged accounts are properly managed.
  6. Use IAM products to fine-tune your environment.
  7. Minimize costs and maximize satisfaction by having users manage their own
    accounts through customized IAM workflows.
  8. Focus on visibility and control.

Improperly secured and managed network identities are a tangible risk. The last thing a
security team should do is mismanage or undermanage these assets. Whether it’s
accounts that are stolen, orphaned or otherwise unknown, the keys to the kingdom should not be the low-hanging fruit that creates the next incident or breach.

IAM projects fail more often than you might think. There are many reasons for this.

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Beta Systems Online Technology Forum 2021

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Nachdem wir im vergangenen Jahr von den Entwicklungen der Corona Pandemie überrascht wurden und das Technologie Forum ausfallen lassen mussten, freuen wir uns ganz besonders die Veranstaltung in diesem Jahr vom 21. – 23. April stattfinden lassen zu können. Den Umständen entsprechend wird es dieses Mal ein rein digitales Event. Dieses wird seinen Vorgängern aber in keiner Weise nachstehen. Unter dem Motto “Exchange. Explain. Inspire.” bieten wir Ihnen aktuelle Informationen zu den neuesten Trends, Best Practice Kundenvorträge und natürlich detaillierte Ausblicke auf zukünftige Produktentwicklungen der Beta Systems Group rund um die Bereiche Data Center Intelligence (DCI) und Identity Access Management (IAM).

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Digitalisierungsschub für den öffentlichen Sektor

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Corona und seine Folgen beschäftigen den öffentlichen Sektor nun schon seit Monaten.
Zur Bewältigung der Corona-Pandemie legt die Deutsche Bundesregierung kurzfristig ein „Konjunktur- und Krisenbewältigungspaket“ auf.

Was ist das Ziel?

Ziel ist unter anderem die Verbesserung der digitalen Infrastruktur in Bund, Ländern und Kommunen:

  • Registermodernisierung in Bund, Ländern und Kommunen
  • Sofortige Umsetzung von Digitalisierungsvorhaben in der Verwaltung zur Beschleunigung von Prozessen unter Einhaltung von Compliance Vorschriften wie die EU-DSGVO
  • Zügige und flächendeckende Umsetzung des Online-Zugang-Gesetzes bis Ende 2022, d.h. Verbesserung des Online Zuganges zur Verwaltungsleistungen
  • Erhöhung der IT-Sicherheit

Um in diesem Bereichen helfen zu können, haben wir konkrete Hilfestellungen für unsere Leser bereit gestellt:

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