Identity management plays an important part in our everyday lives. It uses all the different pieces of information we have about our users and systems to grant access to tools, functions, software or devices. Effective identity management is essential to enterprise security. Keeping identity information secure, reliable and usable is critical to ensuring that enterprise systems are used appropriately and that sensitive information is protected.
Companies looking to simplify authentication need to decide how their users can access their resources securely - both on location and remotely – and are coming up with creative ways whether it be via fingerprinting, facial recognition, passwords or keycards.
All companies are becoming increasingly aware of the attention that must be given to creating data policies and providing security to protect the enterprise, and a general focus simply won’t work. In fact, statistics show that by focusing on four certain areas, organizations have a good chance of addressing some of the primary threats that come with identity management.
Stay ahead of threats by addressing and assisting your customers with these four identity management challenges
Employee and consumer demand is changing the way we authenticate and access resources to ways unthinkable even a few years ago. Here are four challenges that your customers must consider to be effective stewards of identity management in their organizations:
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Security
Millennials are driving the push for BYOD in many organizations challenging your customers’ IT staff to ensure that access to applications and data is secure across multiple devices and platforms. BYOD allows employees to work any time, from anywhere. However, this new paradigm shift means that IT departments must be incredibly careful not to lose track of where and how this data is being accessed.
Lack of Ownership
In many organizations, ownership of identity management is in constant change. Should it be the responsibility of the customers’ IT department, the application owner or someone in security? Is it a shared responsibility? A lack of ownership can have negative consequences, as it often leads to no one in the organization taking responsibility to learn and understand the latest trends, advances and issues related to identity management security and data integrity.
Lack of Standards
Unfortunately, different companies and vendors that provide services throughout an industry often cannot even agree on a set of identity standards to use. This frightening lack of standardization can lead to nightmarish scenarios:
- Different and disparate systems are asked to talk to each other
- Credentials are passed in plain text to different applications
- Nobody knows which legacy systems actually need access to what data
Do you know which “standards” are being used in your clients’ organization?
Catching up on Mobile, Passwords and Payments
Over the past few years, there have been major advancements in how to manage everything from mobile payments, biometrics and passwords to help secure and manage the infrastructure and resources better:
- In 2013, a consortium of industry leaders formed the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, aimed at making it easier for users to authenticate without having to create and remember multiple usernames and passwords.
- With the launches of Android and Apple Pay, the mobile device payment industry is taking advantage of the proliferation of smartphones and the desire to consolidate payment methods.
- Finally, the cost of biometrics has been reduced to the point that fingerprint scanners are available on everything from phones to laptops, and facial recognition software can now be used to log in to devices.
All of this new technology raises additional questions. Should users be allowed to log in to their bank account with their fingerprint or face? Should organizations let users store corporate data on devices connecting to everything from coffee shop wireless networks to payment terminals?
Any organization that doesn’t set out to address these issues will find themselves struggling with shadow IT, lost or stolen passwords and customer identity theft.
Learn more about how to manage identities easier and without time-consuming processes by contacting our security experts at firstname.lastname@example.org.