Identity Governance and Administration (IGA), also known as identity security, is at the center of IT operations, enabling and securing digital identities for all users, applications and data. It allows businesses to provide automated access to an ever-growing number of technology assets while managing potential security and compliance risks.
What Business Security Problems Does IGA Address?
Identity governance and administration can help your organization effectively address today’s complex business challenges, balancing four critical objectives:
- Reduce operational costs
- Reduce risk and strengthen security
- Improve compliance and audit performance
- Deliver fast, efficient access to the business
Reduce operational costs
Identity governance and administration automates labor-intensive processes such as access certifications, access requests, password management and provisioning, which dramatically cut operational costs. With its business-friendly user interface, this can significantly reduce the time IT staff spends on administrative tasks, and empower users to independently request access, manage passwords and review access. And with access to dashboards and analytical tools, organizations have the information and metrics they need to strengthen internal controls and reduce risk.
Reduce Risk and Strengthen Security
Compromised identities caused by weak, stolen or default user credentials are a growing threat to organizations. Centralized visibility creates a single authoritative view of “who has access to what,” allowing authorized users to promptly detect inappropriate access, policy violations or weak controls that put organizations at risk. Identity governance solutions enable business and IT users to identify risky employee populations, policy violations and inappropriate access privileges and to remediate these risk factors.
Improve Compliance and Audit Performance
Identity governance and administrations allow organizations to verify that the right controls are in place to meet the security and privacy requirements of regulations like SOX, HIPAA and GDPR. They provide consistent business processes for managing passwords as well as reviewing, requesting and approving access, all underpinned by a common policy, role and risk model. With role-based access control, companies significantly reduce the cost of compliance, while managing risk and establishing repeatable practices for a more consistent, auditable and easier-to-manage access certification efforts.
Deliver Fast, Efficient Access to the Business.
By giving your users timely access to the resources they need to do their jobs, identity governance and administrations enables them to become productive more quickly – and to stay productive, no matter how much or how quickly their roles and responsibilities change. It also empowers business users to request access and manage passwords, reducing the workload on help desk and IT operations teams. And with automated policy enforcement, identity governance allows you to meet service level requirements without compromising security or compliance.