IT Governance

Identity Governance & Administration: What Works Best for You?

Identity governance and administration (IGA) is the unified scoring of user identity management. Also, it is the access control to support IT security and regulatory compliance of an organization. In this article at TechBeacon, Lara Bender explains IGA as a resolution to provide security and governance. A set of individuals, services, and processes can be accessed through an authorized identity, limited to the right resources at the right time. It simplifies the work of a close-knit team of less than ten members.

How Is It Done Right?

IGA makes security easier while giving valuable insights into staff activities and needs. However, it may put an organization at risk and turn into a time-consuming practice. So, to make good use of the IGA program, here are five steps to consider:

  • Make Identity Your Foundation: Identity is the defining attribute that is not limited to humans, but can be used to define various applications, servers, and devices, even the IoT vehicles. So, establishing a successful IGA program is vital to categorize all the products or services and determining the depth of information they can access. After that, hone your decisions based on risks associated with the data obtained.
  • Create a Strategic Plan: As the identities are classified, and their access points are mapped, automate them to determine priorities. Consult stakeholders to draft a strategic plan for identity management and create a decision-making framework to combat risk.
  • Build an Agile System: Organizations standardize their identity updates to a limited time frame set by regulatory compliance. Quarterly or half-yearly deadlines may keep you authorized. However, it may also give enough time to the hackers to utilize existing gaps. It may lead to a dreadful data breach. An IGA program can scale all the identities and accommodate the reality of constant change.
  • Help Stakeholders Make Decisions: Scan your analytics to find irregularities that need human intervention to streamline and automate the rest. Seek information useful to managers and seamlessly communicate it within the team. Also, instead of wasting countless hours in collecting and analyzing data, let the stakeholders have all the information they need on a dashboard that can give them better visibility.
  • Do Not Forget Unstructured Data: An IGA program can analyze unstructured data and send alerts for files with intricate details like credit card numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, etc. In such cases, inform the managers to either delete the information or move it to a safe repository.

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