IDENTITY GOVERNANCE & ADMINISTRATION
IGA – Identity Governance & Administration
Identity Governance & Administration (IGA) is a “centralised, policy-based orchestration of user identity management and access control“.
Identity governance supports overall IT security and regulatory compliance.
The One-Identity Manager Solution, proposed and implemented by S2E, allows our customers to answer the following questions:
- How to manage access provisioning and de-provisioning accurately and efficiently?
- How to stay compliant with internal rules and regulations?
- How to keep your IT team from being overwhelmed by access requests to various applications?
Companies have a complex web of applications and access that is difficult to understand and even more difficult to manage.
An IGA solution is advantageous for:
- Automating workflows
- Managing permissions according to roles
- Complying with rules and regulations
- Scaling with the organisation
An IGA project is challenging due to implementation times and reorganisation of processes that it inevitably entails.
There are some questions that every company should ask itself before embarking on this road. S2E can provide answers due to the vast experience acquired with various customers from a wide range of sectors:
#1: Is my organisation large enough for an identity governance and administration solution?
A lot depends on the number of users managed, company turnover and number of applications used. Still, in any organisation, regardless of its size, this depends on the number of requests that IT handles. Large organisations have more demands than SMEs because they have a larger workforce, which can quickly overwhelm an IT department.
With an IGA solution, it is possible to automate workflows that will help IT with role-based provisioning, bulk approvals, role creation, etc. These automated processes may not solve all of IT’s problems, but they will help manage access requests effectively and efficiently. Regardless of your company’s size, you should ask how important security is to your organisation. If you are concerned about security, you should be concerned about user and access risks.
#2: What is the Business Case?
You need to review your current and future business objectives and decide whether your organisation needs an identity management solution and what use cases to address and prioritise.
If an IGA solution is favoured, a structured business case should be prepared. This should consider the priority-based benefits over time and the associated costs.
S2E Consultants have the experience and expertise to support their customers in developing and writing a business case that assesses the costs and benefits of various scenarios.
#3: Will automation help?
Why not take advantage of the time and money saved by automating tasks? As part of IAM policies or role creation exercises, having defined roles and access rights to applications linked to those roles would make sense.
With the automation enabled by the IGA Identity Manager platform, whenever someone is assigned a particular role, it will automatically be released for associated applications. Another way automation helps is to force micro-certifications for high-risk applications to ensure that the people using those applications are authorised and not a malicious intruder that has made its way through the corporate network.
#4: How will this improve compliance?
First, it is worth considering how compliance issues are being addressed. Most organisations have requirements to monitor access controls and keep unauthorised users out.
Is the company currently watching this manually with spreadsheets to compare and react? How quickly or efficiently do you receive these reports, and how accurate are they? Most manual compliance reports or audits are already different when the report is completed.
An IGA solution automates this process by automatically monitoring all access rights and presenting them so that outliers are easily detected and quickly investigated and remedied. This is done continuously, in real-time, with information recorded and exportable to demonstrate compliance efforts and meet regulatory obligations.