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November 1, 2022
Considering the current breadth of devices, endpoint locations and network complexities, identity has been dubbed the “New Perimeter" — ousting its long-held title, the "Network's Edge." But with the rapid propagation of remote work, managing this New Perimeter has also grown exponentially more complex, an issue compounded by new use cases and policy exceptions.
Keeping up with novel tunnels, security gaps, network policies and user types during the pandemic meant that the identity and access management (IAM) domain had to move faster than most organizations’ policies and processes could handle, often adding more manual steps to the IAM lifecycle. Now that the dust has settled a bit, we can see the IAM mess inherited by InfoSec managers, security engineers, security analysts and, ultimately, CISOs.
Especially given the ongoing talent shortage, modernizing your network perimeter is a daunting endeavor to handle solo. You don’t have to go it alone. Read on for expert insights and recommendations to help you manage your identities and focus on the road ahead.
Eventually, you may be given the task of simplifying, maturing and uplifting your access management (AM) program. Knowing where to start can be challenging, so before ripping out or standing up another system, we recommend keeping the following insights in mind:
Identity and access management impacts every user that interacts with your network, cloud, SaaS applications and company resources. Because the journey to maturation affects how team members log in to systems with a password, including MFA and application sign-on policies, it’s very visible and labor intensive. Additionally, it can make or break the onboarding process and/or keep your company's name off the audit findings list due to disjointed offboarding processes. This reinforces the benefit of having a seasoned team of experts to lean on as you expand and secure your IAM initiatives.
Access Management as-a-Service (AMaaS) deploys identity experts to help launch the AM portion of your program in the right direction. First, AMaaS boosts your security posture by meeting up to 40% of the access controls outlined in NIST. This not only helps mature your processes, but can act as Phase 0 of your Zero Trust journey and set your company up for a true passwordless experience.
Other base components of a trusted AMaaS include:
Based on a given organization’s unique operations and requirements, AMaaS engagements are typically customized from this foundation. The graphic below represents a AMaaS process from end to end.
At the end of the day, a solid AMaaS provider leverages teams of skilled and experienced engineers with vendor partner relationships to manage its clients’ AM platform and processes. Most importantly though, it should grant you peace of mind so you can refocus your internal teams on more pressing operational priorities.
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