Taking IGA to the Cloud: A Conversation with Deloitte

The following is a SailPoint interview with one of our Partner of the Year winners, Deloitte.

Deloitte is a long-time SailPoint Alliance System Integrator; their mission is to provide the support and industry insight and experience needed to help clients enhance their cybersecurity programs.

 SailPoint: Congratulations on being a SailPoint partner of the year! In a nutshell, tell us a little bit more about Deloitte and your experience in identity governance.

Deloitte: Deloitte is one of the largest Identity Services companies in the world and has been widely recognized in the marketplace as the #1 risk and financial advisory practice in the world.  We use our collective experience to help clients enhance their IAM programs and implementations. With over 500 dedicated IAM professionals and deep knowledge across industries we have been privileged to provide hundreds of IAM projects and services since our IAM practice was first established.  We have repeatedly demonstrated our leadership in this space and we continue to have the skillsets, capabilities, and accelerators required to provide end-to-end IAM services: from strategy to implementation to managed services/operations.

SailPoint: What do you attribute as the top 2-3 major business drivers for your customers in making an identity governance purchase in the last year?

Deloitte: The top three over the last year have been 1) ongoing regulatory compliance pressures and the need to provide the business with efficient identity governance processes, 2) board-level concerns about cyber risks associated with data breaches and insider attacks, and 3) the need for reduced IT complexity and cost efficiencies to maintain identity infrastructure and ongoing operations.

SailPoint: Can you talk more specifically about the value that our joint solutions are bringing to enterprise organizations as they roll out their identity governance programs?

Deloitte: The Deloitte-SailPoint alliance was established in 2008 and, since then, has strategically provided hundreds of IdentityIQ, SecurityIQ and IdentityNow deployments all across the globe. To be rated as the “SailPoint Global Services Partner of the year” for 2016, Deloitte has come a long way in this strategic relationship, which is very tightly integrated with our sales, technical, support, and leaderships counterparts at SailPoint. The core values of Deloitte around sustaining client commitment, breadth and depth of our technical experience in the cyber arena, and deep industry experience ties very well with SailPoint’s leadership in Identity Governance and Administration.

SailPoint: Where do you see the identity governance market going in 2017?

Deloitte: Many of our clients have deployed an Identity Governance and Administration solution, but that coverage—in many cases—is limited to high-use or high-risk applications.  Deloitte anticipates that many customers will expand their Identity Governance and Administration coverage to include their cloud applications and their lower-risk applications.  A broad coverage of business applications provides better centralized administration, improves end-user experience, and lowers overall governance-related risks and identity administration costs.  We are also seeing increased interest in our Managed Digital Identity Services. Unlike boutique cloud vendors, Deloitte boasts a large breadth and depth of knowledge and capabilities with an industry-aligned lens. Deloitte’s Managed Digital Identity Services can expedite the maturity of traditional identity and access management (IAM) capabilities by leveraging an extensive library of accelerators, built through decades of identity management experience across all major industries. Identity and access management solutions are critical to enterprise security. But as connected devices and applications grow both in volume and complexity, mounting administrative, design, and cost challenges put an increased burden on internal security teams. Our Managed Digital Identity Services are designed to help reduce the barriers of moving to the cloud and limit the need for parallel identity solutions, while allowing organizations to integrate disparate systems. With solutions that support both modern application programming interface (API)-based and legacy applications and business processes, efficiencies can be created to enable end-users to instead focus on security priorities.

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