One of the buzzwords circulating around the IT industry is identity governance. What are the key facets of this new age method of IT administration, and what does it mean to utilize it within your organization as it pertains to identity management practices? IG, as we’ll often refer to it, is used to comply with specific government regulations and industry standards, by way of streamlining the provisioning of roles, as well as continuous monitoring of access within your organization. IG, through One Identity, allows you to monitor new changes within your access profiles, and scale the administration of roles in a way that is convenient to manage. Ultimately, the right people need to get the right levels of access throughout your project lifecycle.
There are at least three main facets of identity management that are improved upon here with the help of IG: centralized visibility, user-friendly interfaces, and consistent processes. With centralized visibility, identities are aggregated throughout cloud environments. This provides the IT administrator with a bird’s eye view of the end user access hierarchy. From this point of view, IT support admins can spot policy violations and inappropriate privileges easily. Easy to use interfaces allow for the identification of technical issues, with friendly dashboards and analytical tools, which can help organizations make quicker decisions. Consistent processes across data, applications, and users allows companies to administer convenient role-based access control, reduce risk, manage passwords, and have the ability to audit events and actions after the fact.
Being provisioned across a Local Access Network, roles are often being transferred in a dynamic manner that might occur during a reorganization in your company. New products might need to be integrated, and access should only be in the hands of certain members within your organization. The adaptation of policy changes needs to occur along streamlined rules and parameters that are traditionally very labor-intensive and error-prone. The bottom line is that your rules of access should be simple enough to understand, yet robust enough to be repeatable. Imagine a situation in which an educational institution has new incoming faculty, as well as those who are leaving. An ideal identity governance solution would allow you to seamlessly relinquish access of those faculty who will be transitioning to different roles, while onboarding new employees through the steps that are needed set up their access profiles.
Other benefits to identity governance that should be mentioned are simplified complexity, whereby complex processes can become easy to understand to the end-user because much of the mechanics are handled behind the scenes. At the enterprise level, the provisioning of user identities can occur on premises, in the cloud, or a combination of the two. IG reduces much of the traditional security concerns that occur when managing identities at scale. For instance, unstructured data, as well as accounts that have high privileges can all be managed under one roof—given the right rules. Now, only specific members of your staff will need to have access to personally identifiable information and other sensitive data within your organization, leading to increased compliance and greater overall security of your data.
There are also certain government regulations and policies which may need to be followed. HIPAA regulations need to be adhered to when running certain health services in the United States, and integrating these rules with IT governance make sense from a compliance standpoint. In fact, compliance with HIPAA was one of the original drivers of the identity governance movement. Gartner research recently recognized this sector as one of the fastest-growing sections of identity management, with growth exceeding 40% year-over-year. Without automated rules in place, the time to set up manual responses ends up costing organizations insurmountable amounts of time and money. There are also unique security benefits to implementing a sound identity governance solution. By setting up repeatable automations for expected events and actions, security loopholes due to personal error tend to get reduced. With these kinds of solutions, you can provision entire teams with the click of a button, and get them started on learning your system and workflows in little to no time compared to alternatives.