Do you know what is Identity Access Management?

August 4, 2022

Do you know what is Identity Access Management?

 

Do you know what is Identity Access Management?  

If you already heard about Identity Access Management or you’re looking for things to help you in saving your company from a lot of troubles and problems, this email is for you!   

What is IAM?  

Identity Access Management is all about giving the right access to the right person in  

the right amount of time. But how? 

 

How does it work:  

I’ll tell you a story about a company that has hundreds of employees all around the world. One month, they got three new joiners from different departments. Each one of them needs to access specific files and applications.  

Who’ll give the new joiners access? How can they track these accesses’ expiration dates?  

However, one of the three joiners left the company 6-months later. Someone will have to cancel his access.  

But, who’s responsible for that? Who should allocate all the access they’ve already given?  

It sounds easy. Someone’ll have to track a huge amount of requests from new joiners, temporary joiners, leavers, and movers within departments, and go on. Check the following.  

 

What you may face if you didn’t implement IAM?  

These are some of the issues you may face if you didn’t implement IAM in your business immediately.  

  • An employee who left the company a while ago could have access to your important files because someone forgot to cancel his access!   
  • An employee from the Operations department could open and edit a file in the HR department that will disclose confidential information!   
  • An employee’s access got expired a day before submitting important files! Many and many problems you may face.   

What are the IAM benefits?  

The benefit you’ll get from using IAM solutions is:  

  • A database for all the identities (users) and their access privileges.  
  • Tools for giving access, monitoring, modifying, and editing access privileges.  
  • A logging and reporting system for auditing and access history.  

How to implement IAM in your work style

If you are a manager, the following tips can help you in controlling user access: 

  • Implement Least privilege policy 
  • Implement ZERO Trust Policy 
  • Ensure to have Periodic Access Review 
  • If any of the employees have long leave, send a request to deactivate his/her accounts and when he/she comes back you can request to reenabling them. 

As an employee, the following tips may help you: 

  • If you noticed extra permissions on your accounts, contact the technical team. Extra permissions come with extra responsibilities. 
  • Your accounts are your responsibility. Avoid sharing your credentials with your colleagues.  
  • Avoid using passwords for your work accounts similar to what you use in your private accounts such as social media, private email accounts, or any other account you have on the internet. In this case, you protect your work accounts if one of these private accounts had been compromised. 
  • Don’t write down your passwords. Try to memorize them. 

What tools do you need to implement IAM? 

Identity access management tools are designed to manage the identity (users) and their access (authentication and authorization) which means in many cases, IAM solutions will let you define a policy -The HR department has its files and applications-. This policy will determine the roles of users -The HR manager is the only one who has access to important files for example HR yearly plan-. Each role defined will have permissions set -The HR manager gave access to the Payroll team-. The permissions allow access to specific resources -The Payroll manager only can access specific files such as the salary budget in that file.  

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