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Identity And Access Management Mitigates Risks During Economic Uncertainty

Using Identity And Access Management To Protect Your Business

January 26, 2009

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Any economic downturn brings new risks to your organization. As it becomes clear that your business is struggling, nervous employees who fear downsizing may be tempted to gain unauthorized access to sensitive information stored across applications. Using temporary employees brings with it a new set of challenges. These users are much less loyal, and the identity verification processes used for full-time employees may not be used. As their turnover rate is much higher than that of normal employees, temporary workers need to be provisioned and deprovisioned quickly and cost effectively in large numbers. Finally, as you move toward software-as-a-service (SaaS), the risks increase around managing users of these SaaS applications. Identity and access management (IAM) has solutions for all of these problems: centralized access management for monitoring and enforcing policies for application access; advances in role-based access control to provide temporary workers with timely access and to deactivate them quickly, uniformly, and securely; and growing support for SaaS applications using federated user account provisioning and hosted IAM provider services.

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