Identity Access Management (IAM)

Streamline your identity access management (IAM) process by automating user authorization and permissions management

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What is identity access management?

Identity access management or IAM is the organizational process by which individuals are authorized to have access to IT systems and other software platforms. These individuals can be employees, customers, suppliers, partners or other stakeholders the business interacts with. The right level of access according to their status or role and specific needs is managed through an IAM system. With a systemized approach and automation, IAM can permit or block access to software or databases and prevent the download of sensitive data or files. These days many IAM services are based in the cloud – so the need for the physical infrastructure to support systems is kept to a minimum, thereby reducing IT costs.

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Solutions such as single sign on (SSO) and multi-factor authentication (MFA) can all contribute to the effective implementation of an IAM system. For larger organizations, role based access control (RBAC) also has a key part to play. Role based access control is the method by which access is restricted to IT systems based on a person’s job role and responsibilities within the business. Automating this process ensures that when a user’s role changes, for example due to a change in department or a promotion, their access levels and permissions also change. 

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Importance of identity access management

With many more employees now working from home, having an efficient identity access management system is more important than ever. To meet the needs of modern workplaces, it is crucial that users can access company IT platforms easily and quickly without compromising security. Having an automated IAM system means the workload placed on IT and HR managers is significantly reduced, it also ensures that human error isn’t a factor when authorizing access levels. For many organizations, the more pressing IAM requirement is to prevent data breaches and protect sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands. Setting permissions to limit who can amend, delete, transmit or download data can play a key role in this process. And it isn’t just users that create security risks, cyber attacks are an increasing factor in today’s security environment and identity access management systems need to be set up to cope with these risks. 

Access management and identity management

Identity access management (IAM) systems work hand in hand with Identity or ID management systems to deliver a secure IT environment. However, whereas ID management is focused on the authentication of users, IAM is largely concerned with the next step in the process – that of controlling user access levels and permissions. 

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Access management and identity governance

Implementing an identity access management system can form an important part of compliance in highly regulated industries such as financial services and healthcare. IAM systems can help these organizations meet the high standards of data privacy and security set by regulatory bodies. The limitation of access via controlled permissions is one of the key components of many compliance procedures and automated IAM systems go a long way towards satisfying these requirements.

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