Why Identity and Access Management is a Crucial IT Security Layer

Identity and access management encompasses the provisioning and de-provisioning of identities, authenticating, and securing identities, as well as authorising access to resources and performance of some actions. Although a user may have one digital identity, they may have a lot of accounts that represent them. Every account can have various access controls per context and per resource. In general, IAM is designed to make sure any given identity has access to the right resource and within the correct context.

The Basics of IAM

Identity and access management is the basic security component to help make sure users have access to resources they need and ensure unauthorised users don’t have access to certain applications, systems, and data. A company’s policies on IAM define how to identify users and their roles, the systems, information, and other areas IAM protects, as well as the correct level of protection and access to sensitive data, information, locations, and systems.

Technology Used for Supporting IAM

Typically, IAM is implemented through centralised technology that replaces or deeply integrates with existing access and sign-on systems. It makes use of a central directory of users, predefined permission levels, and roles, to grant access rights to individuals based on their roles and need to access some resources. Typically, an identity management system includes areas such as employee data, tools for adding, modifying, and deleting users, tools for managing password and workflows, user access rights enforcement, as well as auditing and reporting for visibility into the way systems and information are being utilised.

Controlling Interactions with Data and Systems

Advanced IAM technology can move beyond permitting or blocking access to data and systems. IAM can also restrict access to subsets of data. Certain roles can access only some parts of systems, information, and database. IAM can only allow users to view data without permission to add, update, or change it.

IAM is necessary to protect sensitive business data, systems, and assets from unauthorised access or use. Implementing IAM end-to-end will minimise the possibility and impact of data breaches as well as make sure only legitimate, authenticated users have access. The solution is vital to protecting areas such as data and information, software and applications, development, testing, staging, and operational platforms, as well as devices, locations, and integrations. To take an organisation’s IAM to the next level, they have to embrace privileged access management solutions to ensure the appropriate number of access given and the appropriateness of those privileged activities.

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