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Identity Management In Hybrid And Cloud Environment

Identity management has now become predominant in access and security. Remote working has become the new normal and most organizations are shifting to hybrid, cloud software and technology. The critical assets are no longer behind the traditional firewalls. The employees are accessing the company’s data from various locations. Automation helps organizations work more efficiently and also to effectively manage their identities.

Challenges

The IT environment is complex. It keeps evolving every day. Automation is essential as new identities both humans and machines are getting added each day. The companies that have underestimated automation have faltered. Many organizations are constantly striving to automate their workflows around identity management. They require a robust set of processes.

Developing the right processes and introducing the right changes in the company continue to be critical. Therefore organizations should be prepared to face the challenges and work with an identity management vendor so as to simplify their workflows.

Strategies

  • The first step is visibility. It is very important when it comes to identity management across the hybrid environment. The organizations have to know who uses their systems and what access they have. They may be an employee, contractor, or an intern.
  • The second step is to classify the users and their access that is based on risk. Higher-risk access needs many layers of approvals, whereas lower-risk access can be approved automatically in order to lessen the staff’s burden.
  • The third step is to be aware of what people do with their access. There should be a check on their performance as there are chances for malicious activities and violating policies. There may be a risk of ransomware.

Goals

The speed of granting access to the new users is important. The concept of Identity management automation must begin from the first day an employee joins an organization. They shouldn’t have to wait longer for the granting of access. 

Organizations are looking forward to improving their ability in identifying and stopping various attacks. They are keen on looking at how identity management interacts across systems. The ultimate goal is to reduce excessive permissions, violations and also to provide evidence to the external auditors. The time spent on audits is reduced to a great extent when the information is well-known.

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