Right Level of Access Through IDM Solution
Essential Elements To Connect Every User To The Right Level Of Access Through IDM Solution
Organizations these days are facing challenges to provide their users with the right level of access to the right resources at the right time. Work cultures have evolved to a mobile-first strategy after the 2020 pandemic, and supporting users’ access from various locations and devices has given birth to new risks if not managed appropriately.
According to a recent Verizon data breach report, 81% of data leakage was confirmed due to weak, stolen, and default passwords.
Today, enterprises are looking to adopt governance practices and solutions to help manage these risks and address operational inefficiencies. The demand can be met by adequately implementing effective IDM Solution.
A recent survey by KPMG, 92% of companies are planning to invest in IDM tools in the coming years.
What Is IDM?
Identity Management or Identity access management is a framework of policies and technologies that ensures users have the appropriate access to technology resources.
Essential Elements of IDM Solution
IDM solutions are beneficial not only for users and security admins but also for organizations as a whole. An effective IDM solution enables enterprises to secure efficient access to technology resources across various systems and delivers many essential benefits.
1. Role-Based Provisioning
Apart from improving enterprise security, the most significant benefit of the IDM solution is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of security teams.
With the help of IDM tools, the security admins can grant access to users based on organizational needs and structure such as job function, title, geo, etc. Thus, it ensures that users, including clients, employees, contractors, third-party vendors, and partners, can be quickly and efficiently organized with the proper access.
IDM solution also uses automation, AI, and machine learning to empower enterprises to automate many critical aspects of managing identities, authentication, and authorization.
2. Rest API
IDM Solution enables developers to integrate their third-party applications with the IDM server. Its feature provides a rich and extensible API for managing the identities of the applications and services. IDM solutions also support a flexible system for identity partitioning, allowing it to be used as a complete security solution in a simple web application.
3. Flexible Data Model
IDM solutions support the choice of the data model to meet the needs of your deployment- a complete data model for current data or a data-sparse model for faster access.
It plays a vital part in preserving the integrity of the user data. Also, the platform must support input data validation as the users provide data.
Additionally, the system must also support external data validation to ensure downstream systems verify the provided data.
4. Password Management
Besides enabling password consistency across all applications and data stores, such as Active Directory and HR systems, IDM solutions also prevent other password-related issues such as managing passwords in excel or on sticky notes and forgetting the user credentials.
The IDM tool offers password management features that empower security admins to implement password best practices- frequent password updates and strong authentication measures, using MFA, biometrics, or role-based access.
5. Cloud SaaS Connectors
SaaS apps offer many cost-savings benefits and ease the business from ignoring the traditional trend. However, SaaS portfolios can quickly sprawl and degenerate into a chaotic mess without proper user and resource organizations. Understanding the IDM solution for SaaS is essential. The solution can offer a significant first step toward gaining the full benefits of moving critical workloads to SaaS rather than managing separate identities for every user across the web. IDM tool can enable SaaS in your horizon to connect to cloud-based SaaS resources such as Salesforce, Microsoft, and Google Apps quickly. Also, it acts as centralized management of identity data across resources, enabling synchronizing and reconciling bi-directionally, on-demand, or as a scheduled update.
6. Synchronization and Reconciliation
Synchronization in the IDM solution integrates the user’s account management in the Active Directory implementation with the enterprise IDM solution. It allows an identity to be defined upstream from the Identity Manager and seamlessly communicate to the Active Directory for account provisioning, modification, and deactivation.
Additionally, reconciliation in the IDM solution is a Governance audit process, which compares User access, access rights, and privileged accounts against the authoritative identity.
7. Data Model Visualization
Enterprise data require a powerful and versatile data model representing a highly heterogeneous mix of data such as XML, file content, folder hierarchies, emails and email attachments, and more. Earlier, no approach was proposed to represent all of the above data in a single, powerful yet simple data model. IDM solution fills the gap and is powerful enough to visualize identity relationships through the IDM tool. Also, it represents the database in a single model that includes a bar, line, scatters plots, and pie charts, giving the shape to data that the IDM tool is handling.
8. Shared Services
The importance of IDM solution is correct segregation of duties within an organization that several benefits, handling end-to-end processes within an organization. A defined methodology, robust controls, the correct technology tools, and an experienced team enable enterprises to assign system access to all employees correctly and by a single job description.
9. Self-Service & Profile Management
Enterprises still have user-owned devices accessing their networks, and these devices represent significant security concerns without a firm grasp of security best practices. While cybersecurity strategy is essential, enterprises require the ability to define appropriate access to configure privacy settings and consent for data-sharing.
10. Social Registration & Authentication
IDM solution is to make signing into web apps more accessible. A user portal provides quick SSO access to SaaS apps representing a grid or list of icons indicating the apps available to a user. It allows users with the most common approach to address flexible login options that incorporate multiple identity verification methods.
11. Workflow Engine
IDM solution provides workflow-driven provisioning activities, whether for self-service actions such as requests for access or for admin actions such as updating entitlements, on/off-boarding, bulk sunrise or sunset enrolments, handling approvals with escalations, or performing maintenance. It is a genuinely agile platform that performs multiple roles within a company’s larger security framework to address all aspects of a robust IDM strategy.
12. OpenICF Connector Framework
IDM solutions leverage the new OpenICF 1.5 framework (Open Source Identity Connector Framework) for resource connector development, including a PowerShell Connector, a Generic Scripted Connector that allows for integration with anything that Groovy supports; REST, SOAP, JDBC, JSON, etc.
It plays an essential role in compliance, enabling enterprises to identify areas of non-compliance and implement solutions to avoid fines and penalties.
LTS Secure Identity Management allows enterprises to comprehensively and securely manage the complete identity life cycle of users, devices, and things. Along with LTS Secure Privileged Access Management, LTS Secure IDM solutions can provide greater access to organizations, driving productivity, satisfaction, and, ultimately, revenue. At the same time, it keeps a record of the identity of every individual to track his activity and check who is misusing their access-related privileges.
Connect to Consult with LTS Secure Team to explore how IDM enables you to provide secure and convenient access to critical information for business users while meeting compliance demands, a complete solution to control who has access to what across your enterprise.