In today’s blog, we continue with our theme on the Identity Access Manager, on what it is. Here we go:

An Overview into Identity and Access Management (IAM) Systems

Since the password is now becoming a thing of the past, businesses and corporations are now turning into a newer area of security known as “Identity and Access Management”, also known as “IAM” for short.

It is a holistic framework which is adopted in order to meet the specific needs of the business processes which fosters the management of electronic based identities.

In other words, it is a specific technology which enables for the accurate initiation, capture, recording, and management of the user identities and their corresponding access permissions in an automated environment.

The characteristics of a well-developed IAM System include the following:

  • It consists of a centralized directory service which scales up in a linear fashion with business or corporation growth;
  • It quickly facilitates the process of end user provisioning and account setup;
  • It should provide system and network administrators the ability to instantly view and change permissions or access rights as needed;
  • The central directory service should automatically synchronize the job title of the employee and the permissions which are associated with it;
  • It should be able to handle assigning the variations associated with access rights and privileges (for example, some of these may be inherent, or allowed upon request pending managerial review, etc.);
  • It should also consist of automated workflows which manage and facilitate employee access requests, with the functionality of allowing for management review and approval.

As one can see, IAM Systems will be one of the predominant forces which will be used to fortify the lines of defense in a business or corporation.  This is primarily so because it is automated, thus relieving the IT staff to focus on more pressing and urgent issues.  The next section outlines the upcoming trends for IAM.

Tomorrow’s blog will be about the hot trends for IAM Systems in 2017.