Maintaining an identity and access management (IAM) solution is essential to any enterprise taking its cybersecurity seriously. According to plenty of cybersecurity experts and solution providers, identity is poised to subsume all of cybersecurity. Identity is already being hailed as the new IT perimeter, and with the right capabilities identity can also provide threat detection and threat intelligence.
Yet enterprise-level IAM maintenance can prove a challenge. It can be easy to fall into traps and make poor decisions.
Here are a few tips to make your IAM maintenance easier and more effective:
Keep Funding IAM Properly
Identity and access management, when optimized, tends to not draw attention to itself. Therefore, some enterprise decision makers can come to the erroneous conclusion that IAM maintenance is an unnecessary expense. This is not at all the case. Your enterprise needs to make identity security an essential business process with the funding to match.
Use the Information Your Solution Provides You
Modern identity and access management solutions tend to provide enterprises with information on the behavior of your users, their access entitlements, etc. You can use this information to enforce the principle of least privileges, enforce zero trust security, and prevent access creep.
However, this requires using the information. This means active involvement in IAM maintenance. IAM is not a set-it-and-forget-it affair. It needs your security team’s active participation to function optimally.
IAM maintenance means maintenance in the most practical sense as well. This means evaluating your identity security solution for deficiencies, best practices, and possible areas of improvement. It means patching discovered vulnerabilities and keeping the solution updated. In the case of legacy IAM solutions, it may involve finding a new solution better prepared to face the modern threat landscape.
Allowing your IAM solution to stagnate is the opposite of IAM maintenance. It creates new security holes hackers are all too eager to exploit.
Find Help When You Need It
IAM maintenance and IAM functionality depend largely on being able to provide 24/7 support and monitoring. Users and hackers alike could access the network at any time, and the longer they dwell in the network the more damage they do.
If your enterprise and security team can’t provide 24/7 IAM maintenance, it may be time to ask for help. Plenty of identity security solution providers offer managed security services options. WIth the cybersecurity field suffering from a severe employment gap, your enterprise may not find the talent it needs for IAM maintenance. Small to medium-sized businesses will especially appreciate this option.
Your enterprise needs the right talent for its IAM solution. If you don’t have it, you need to find it by any means necessary.
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