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Misconceptions About Identity Governance

In today’s world, technology has advanced and the threats faced by organizations have changed. New methods of protection have taken their forms like provisioning and access management. Many organizations amidst the change are left clueless about how to combat the threats.

Identity Governance has evolved at a higher rate over the past decade. There are still some misconceptions that mislead organizations on how they must protect themselves. It is more important to be clear and here are some common myths. 

  1. Identity Governance and security are discrete

Many organizations think that their security is capable of handling all the threats. But the risks that are faced usually comes from within. The sensitive data gets exposed when the users either fail to handle it properly or secure the information. Identity Governance helps when users misuse their access maliciously or negligently. Being the central part of the security environment, Identity Governance can reduce both internal and external risks and secure sensitive applications and data. 

  1. Access management and SSO will be problem solvers

Access management and Single sign-on (SSO) do not fall under Identity Governance. These technologies help in granting access to the users but they do not have advanced controls to protect sensitive information and to get rid of potential risks. Whereas, Identity Governance ensures that every user has the right access to do their jobs and does not give space for any risk.

  1. Identity Governance is meant for large organizations

It seems compliance with regulations is an issue only for bigger organizations. In the reality, the regulations like GDPR and CCPA affect every company both small and big and it happens in every industry. They ought to strengthen their controls and access to sensitive applications and data. There are many risks apart from the financial ones towards which regulations such as SOX are focused. Preventive and detective controls must be enabled to be secure as they protect all types of data which are enabled in applications, saved on file shares, and also on the cloud.

  1. Identity Governance is an IT issue

At first, organizations gave the responsibility of Identity Governance to the IT department. The business owners were not responsible for compliance with internal controls and so IT shouldered responsibility for specific business risks.

Business managers are the right persons to define and enforce policies and controls which minimize access risks. Whereas, the IT staff could support and assist the efforts, without owning the process. Identity Governance can empower business users to work more efficiently and securely. There is no need to spend hours certifying the user access, awaiting the helpdesk to reset the password, and many other efficiencies. Identity Governance helps in saving time and cost.  

The demand for Identity Governance is growing day by day. It plays a vital role in increasingly agility-demanding and remote working environments. 

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