Why Read This
Security and risk (S&R) executives responsible for identity and access management (IAM) must manage access to sensitive applications and data without inhibiting business agility, compromising employee and customer experience, or violating compliance requirements — and they need to do so as effectively as possible. S&R pros can carry out IAM processes using a combination of the following scenarios: 1) a manual IAM process; 2) a build-your-own on-premises IAM system; 3) a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) on-premises IAM solution; and 4) a cloud-based IAM solution. This report and the accompanying tool helps S&R executives quantify the cost and benefits for each of the scenarios to determine which one provides the best return on investment (ROI). This report was originally published on October 1, 2012; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.