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How to identify and measure IT access risks

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IT Risk Identification with Access Intelligence – Why you can’t do without it

Before access risks can be avoided, reduced or managed, they must first be identified. While this may seem trivial, it is a complex task in terms of permission management. Detecting and assessing risks among the enormous amounts of data that continuously accrue in the access management environment is a lot like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. With a growing number of users, roles and IT systems – all of which must be granted permissions – the sheer number of risk opportunities rises exponentially.

A company with 5,000 employees and only 50 IT systems with ten permission groups each, for example, has over 2.5 million permission-granting possibilities, each of which may represent a high or low risk for the company. In light of this, the task of identifying all the existing risks from these permissions, assessing their effects and defining appropriate measures seems hopeless.

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Planning an Access Risk Management System

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Managing access permissions is an increasingly important part of successful risk management. The potential risk to corporate IT increases with every access authorization and every user account. When people dealing with risk management include permission structures in their work, they can significantly reduce IT risk potential and therefore strategic and operational risk too.

So what do you need to consider when planning, implementing and deploying an access risk management system.

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