Identity governance is at the center of most organizations’ security and IT operations strategies. It allows businesses to provide automated access to an ever-growing number of technology assets, while at the same time managing potential security and compliance risks. Identity governance enables and secures digital identities for all users, applications and data.
Identity governance originally emerged as a new category of identity management. It was driven by the requirements of new regulatory mandates such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Designed to improve transparency and manageability, identity governance gave organizations better visibility to identities and access privileges and better controls to detect and prevent inappropriate access.
In 2012, identity governance was recognized by Gartner as the fastest-growing sector of the identity management market. In its first Magic Quadrant focused on this market segment, Gartner stated that identity governance “is replacing user administration and provisioning as the new center of gravity for IAM.” Gartner also estimated that growth rates for identity governance would exceed 35-40% per year, based on increased incidences of well-publicized insider theft and fraud.
As more and more customers deployed identity governance and provisioning solutions together, it became clear that the role, policy, and risk models provided by identity governance were foundational to provisioning and to compliance processes. At the same time, it became clear organizations needed centralized visibility over both on-premises and cloud applications, and data files across the organization.
Today’s identity governance solutions provide an integrated set of services that ensure the right access controls are in place to keep organizations secure and compliant, while enabling users to conveniently manage their daily access needs.
In a nutshell, identity governance brings three fundamental innovations to identity management:
Identity governance can help your organization effectively address today’s complex business challenges, balancing four critical objectives:
Experience has shown that it’s best to start an identity project with a governance foundation – a foundation that will pave the way for centralized visibility and control over identities. Here are three important steps to get your deployment off to a successful start:
The identity management market has many solution categories and the choices change rapidly, leading to some confusion about identity governance. Here are three common misconceptions that every organization should be aware of:
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