Improve Your Company’s Security With Enhanced Identity Access Management
How confident are you that the person logging into your company resources is who they say they are? You are potentially opening up your business to the risks of unauthorized use of your systems. With more people than ever working remotely, it is essential that you make sure every individual accessing your network has authorized access. Identity and access management systems seem to be the answer to allowing only authorized users access to your sensitive data.
What Is Identity Access Management?
Identity access management (IAM) is a secure process that identifies your organization’s users, verifies their credentials, and gives them access to company resources. Systems used for identity and access management include single sign-on (SSO) systems, multi-factor authentication (MFA), and privileged access management (PAM). Identity access management is not just an IT strategy, it’s an entire business strategy that can benefit an organization in multiple ways.
Here are 5 ways enhanced identity access management will benefit your company.
1. Improving the User Experience
Managing too many usernames and passwords for applications and accounts is overwhelming and confusing. People either end up forgetting their credentials or use the same, weak passwords across the board. SSO eliminates the need for users to remember and input multiple passwords to access different areas of your system. IAM allows you to create one unique login process for an employee through the use of SSO products. By creating a unified approach to user access, you provide an environment free of multiple credentials and failed password attempts negating the need for ongoing help-desk support.
2. Offer Varying Levels of Access
Most businesses store information ranging from information that can be made public and storage of various levels of sensitive information. IAM can restrict access to certain resources based on an individual’s role and department they work in. With IAM, you can set permissions for the types of resources each individual can access preventing them from unauthorized access to data they should not have access to.
3. Reporting Becomes More Straightforward
Consolidating user identities and passwords with SSO makes it easier for IT managers to audit where and how these user credentials are used. In the event that user credentials are compromised, you can quickly identify suspicious activity and immediately restrict access. You can also run detailed reports on users, applications, and logins to analyze and audit how users are accessing information. This gives you comfort that if an employee leaves, you shouldn’t have to worry if they still have access to your network.
4. Your Team Controls How Information is Shared
Employees need to share data and files across departments on a regular basis. With IAM, you can control what information can be shared by restricting certain data from being copied or printed. You can also prevent specific files from being emailed outside of your company decreasing the risk of your data ending up in the wrong hands.
5. IT Administrators Appreciate Easy Access Controls
IAM/SSO allows users to access all interconnected systems, regardless of where the user is physically located. Today, many employees are accessing resources from a variety of devices including office workstations, mobile devices, laptops, tablets, and more. With IAM, employees can easily access resources from anywhere on any device. It’s easy and efficient, giving you the comfort your information is still secure.
Modern IAM systems that support SSO can either be deployed on-premises, provided by a third-party vendor like 360 Smart Networks, through a cloud-based subscription model or deployed in a hybrid cloud. When used together, these solutions allow employees to access all of the resources they need easily and securely giving you peace of mind.