Unleashing Innovation with Cloud-based Identity Governance

What does it mean to ‘unleash’ innovation? How does innovation become confined to begin with?

Innovation hides in your people and your processes. Business users are ripe with new ideas and concepts that can improve the corporate bottom line. Employees bring experience from successes and failures at past jobs. Contractors bring specific expertise and knowledge into key areas of the business. Partners bring new perspectives based on their market focus or geography. But these ideas, experiences and perspectives exist at the mercy of business policy and security.

There is no doubt that strong security is essential to the success of an organization. A security breach can be catastrophic in terms of legal fees, reputation damage, compliance fines, the cost of technology to fix the issue and the manpower to handle these things. However, strict, blanket approaches that limit access to corporate applications and data or restrict collaboration put limits on innovation.

Similarly, inefficient business policies that overburden IT stifle innovation across the organization. Relying solely on IT to grant or deny access to business applications outside of IT – for example Salesforce – requires them to not only understand the licensing for that application, but also the uses in order to determine who really should have access. This potentially causes delays in getting the right employees access to that application, as well as pulls IT away from strategic initiatives that directly impact the business.

This is not to say that these types of policies are unimportant, but rather that they can be implemented in a better way.

Access Request is the latest service offered as part of IdentityNow, SailPoint’s cloud-based identity governance platform. The Access Request service extends the existing capabilities of the IdentityNow platform. It enables IT to remain at the center of creating policies essential to the security and compliance of the business, while offering a platform of self-service that keep business users productive.

The self-service capabilities offered by IdentityNow Access Request service helps organizations to unleash innovation in a variety of ways.

Automated permissions and self-service.

Position IT as an innovative partner for business empowerment by unburdening them from the routine tasks that take time and manpower away from strategic initiatives. Point and click configuration, based on identity governance best practices, means IT can very quickly set up applications to be securely requested by end users. They can configure policies to automatically approve or deny the request for access without manual processes.

Convenient, mobile management of access to business applications.

Empower your business users to tap into their innovative ideas from wherever they are – however they work best. Device friendly and delivered in business language – users can easily request and quickly get access to the applications they need to do their jobs smarter and faster. Further, application owners can quickly review and approve requests to use applications under their purview.

Security woven into each layer of the organization.

Unchain the business by removing security as an obstacle. With IT acting as the central creator for policies to govern who can access particular applications and what they are entitled to, each department has a clear understanding of whether to approve or deny permission to their systems. This prevents overprovisioning and limits the risk of posed by insiders. Further, it speeds the entire request process, making business users less likely to circumvent IT to access the applications they need. Organizations can focus their time on innovating the business and not on micromanaging their security program.

The benefits are clear. Self-service, governed by IT generated policies eliminates the hurdles created by strict security processes and inefficient business policies. Without these, business users are unrestrained in not only their productivity, but their ideas. Business users are encouraged to adopt new technologies and collaborate across organizational boundaries. And IT can be confident that this is all happening with an underpinning of security policies that they control.