CBI Identity Management
December 13, 2016

Identity Management

Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions are a set of technologies and processes which can help solve the problem of how to link, review, evaluate, and manage user accounts and their permissions. IAM can encompass an organization's entire ecosystem from mainframes to Active Directory, on-premise applications to cloud solutions, HR systems and critical business applications. The enforcement of cyber security strategies such as Principle of Least Privilege (or Least Privilege Access) and Periodic Access Review/Certification are enabled through IAM.

Infrastructure security measures are important, but they can be for nothing if users have access when they shouldn’t. Whether it’s users that have left the organization and still have systems access or current users who have more access than their business needs, both can be equally damaging.

Knowing Who Has Access To What, Where, And Why

A typical organization has dozens, if not hundreds, of systems containing various forms of operational data. These systems require users with accounts and permissions. It is important to have a real-time view of these accounts with the context to know if they are necessary and/or if they may have too much access. Edward Snowden is a prime example of someone who had more access to data than he should, and the results speak for themselves.

Don’t Be Fooled, Active Directory Isn’t IAM

Do you already have Active Directory (AD) and are using it for authorization for other applications? While very typical, this can be restrictive, get out of hand quickly, and leave big gaps in an overall security model. AD was built specifically for file, print, and workstation management. It rarely meets all the needs of an enterprise directory without creating security and usability issues.

Did you know the mere presence of an account in AD gives a user access to every single Windows server? Over-dependence on AD causes the problem of creating and managing user accounts that have no real reason to be there. IAM technologies can help you get the most out of your AD without creating these dependencies.

CBI Identity and Access Management offers:

Access Review
Access Lifecycle Assessment
Periodic Access Review
Cloud Access Security
Single Sign On
Role Governance Separation-of-Duties Policy Enforcement

Building an effective IAM program is becoming a focus for many organizations. Analyst reports are showing double digit growth in IAM program adoption rates with the IAM industry doubling in size over the next few years. Below are a few ways an IAM program can help your business.

Increased Security

  • Enables least privilege access
  • Centralized access policy definition & enforcement
  • Account & access reviews/certification & remediation
  • Linked account status & automated de-provisioning
  • Attestation and chain-of-responsibility for Entitlement and Role approval

Business Enablement

  • User/customer/partner registration & self-service
  • Rapid response to user access requests
  • Rapid adoption of new business applications
  • M&As are less burdensome

Increased Efficiency

  • Automated provisioning/de-provisioning
  • Reduced time to provision day-one access
  • User data consistency & accuracy
  • Self-service & delegated requests, assignments, and updates
  • Reduced HCM overhead for audits

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