Cybersecurity risks are on the rise, especially when it comes to data-driven companies. Identity and Access Management (IAM) can help.
Everyone can use someone to lean on. When it comes to protecting data for an entire company, large or small, there’s only so much we can do on our own. And thankfully, just as cybersecurity threats rise, the tools to combat security risks get better and smarter.
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a tool specifically designed to help data-driven businesses protect their information. IAM can take care of tedious security tasks and free up IT admins’ time. Often, security risks in companies stem from a lack of tools that simplify security measures. Employees only have a limited amount of time to participate in or foster a security culture each day. That’s why automation through IAM is key.
IAM can automatically grant permissions to employees, provide logins, and use single sign-on (SSO) to log in to multiple accounts. In practice, these things make life easier for employees across the board.
Though the benefits of IAM are game changing for many businesses, the tool still needs to be thoughtfully implemented into an overall security strategy. IAM deployment is a continuous initiative that should combine ongoing knowledge of IAM technologies with intricate planning and change-management expertise.
Implementing IAM presents its own challenges, and many small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) lack the resources needed to implement IAM. Because of this, SMBs often lag behind larger companies in the deployment of IAM. This disadvantage has not escaped the attention of hackers who are developing new threats targeting smaller organizations. When implementing IAM, it’s important to keep the following key points in mind:
Since logins are one of the most sought-after types of data, one way to stay ahead of credential breaches is to implement a password manager. But many organizations are missing this crucial step—only 25% of respondents to a Dashlane survey said they use an automated password management solution to keep track of their work account passwords.
IAM can help businesses protect data by flagging security gaps, automatically implementing changes, and managing user activity. IAM empowers employees to take control of their data and easily access the information they need whenever and wherever they need it.
Read our latest white paper, Identity and Access Management 101, to learn more.