It’s a fair assumption that you’re not measuring your organisation’s identity access governance (IAG). And, if you are, it’s likely to be via an indirect measure, such as the risk of data breaches. But first, let’s begin by defining the functional pillars of identity governance as privileged identity management, access management and identity lifecycle management.
IAG is more than just ensuring compliance to the next rapidly approaching audit. It’s about providing a frictionless operating environment to lead your business towards growth whilst reducing your exposure to risk.
It is an ongoing program of defining, implementing and monitoring the effectiveness of the controls that you have put in place. Without this, it can be difficult to maintain the right level of corporate sponsorship and secure ongoing investment into IAG.
The effects of IAG, especially in the area of risk-based governance, can’t always be easily quantified using traditional ‘cost-saving’ ROI methods. Yet, measuring is vital to maintain a clear business case for IAG initiatives.
To avoid nasty surprises, such as a failed audit or security vulnerabilities, we suggest the following five practical steps as a starting point.
Governance is about improvement, accountability and responsibility. And there are clear and quantifiable benefits to be had from effective IAG. Successful IAG initiatives deliver much more than protection against the cost of crime and data breaches. A risk-aware enterprise that provides secure and effective access puts itself in the very best position to be competitive and innovative in an increasingly aggressive global marketplace.
About the Author
As Technical Director for EMEA at One Identity, Paul Walker is committed to supporting customers achieve their digital goals through the adoption of IAM.