These days, some companies struggle to protect their sensitive data and intellectual property despite their access to advanced technologies. In fact, even an increase in their security budget does not guarantee improved security positioning. This depicts the fact that organisations need help in achieving and securing their identity and access management (IAM) programs. Improving IDM security requires companies to look beyond technology and be clear on today’s management problems and direction to exploit the opportunities available tomorrow. This can be done by considering the following tips:
Eliminate the Highest Risk Systems
Every company must recognise the fact that legacy systems are becoming a source of risk and liability to their business. When they continue to use old systems, they can be prone to sensitive data leakage. Thus, it is important to eliminate the systems of the highest risk first. Investing in high-quality IAM solutions is the smartest decision organisations can make to eliminate the risk of data breaches and internal threats.
Partner with a Managed Services Provider
Cybercrime can cost businesses millions of dollars if they don’t continue to depend on their unreliable in-house security operations teams. Managed services providers are great options for organisations that find it hard to hire the best in-house security personnel. They usually have specialised expertise and access to threat intelligence that third parties offer.
Establish an Identity Program Management Office (PMO)
The creation of an IAM strategy is no longer possible in a vacuum due to serious consequences. A PMO can help in stopping the chaos and align investments and activities across business units. Having an effective PMO in place will help in reducing risks and maximising the return on investment.
Focus on End-to-End Experience
Without IAM system planning, designing, and integration leads to multiple logins, inconsistent user experience, password proliferation, and productivity loss. As companies grow, systems tend to become disconnected and undependable, resulting in customers suffering from poorly connected systems and poor customer service. Securing a company’s IAM systems should include paying attention to the experience of users and customers.
IT leaders must collaborate, develop talent management skills, and speed up the integration process to scale global businesses these days. The organisations’ decision to move their sensitive data and vital workloads to the cloud, usually leads to management issues. Effective IAM management requires holistic thinking along with the right collaboration and integration. This will help establish governance and create efficiencies for businesses and stakeholders.