Understanding Identity & Access Management (IAM)

The currency of the present age is information.

Organizations and nations that are able to collect data and analyse such data tend to be the fastest growing and more forward looking.

However, with many organizations such as Microsoft, Tencent, Facebook, Google, Alibaba, Apple and others with the ability to generate tons of data, the question then arises, ‘Who can access company data?’

This question has led to the birth and growth of the identity & access management industry (or IAM).

Identity and access management (IAM) is a framework for business processes that facilitates the management of electronic or digital identities. The framework includes the organizational policies for managing digital identity as well as the technologies needed to support identity management.

Controlling Access

With IAM technologies, IT managers can control user access to critical information within their organizations. Identity and access management products offer role-based access control, which lets system administrators regulate access to systems or networks based on the roles of individual users within the enterprise.

IAM technologies can be used to initiate, capture, record and manage user identities and their related access permissions in an automated manner. This ensures that access privileges are granted according to one interpretation of policy and all individuals and services are properly authenticated, authorized and audited.

Case For Strengthening Access Management

Because companies that properly manage identities have greater control of user access, they’re able to reduce the risks of internal and external data breaches.

The risk of data breaches is heightened in many organization as organisations turn to cloud services and mobile apps to boost productivity and cut costs.

For better security planning, Afriscaper Research & Consulting now offers IAM audits to help organizations develop roadmaps that help you identify effective policy, technology and tools.

To schedule a free consultation with Afriscaper’s IAM Director, kindly contact us using the link below.

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