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What is an IAM?

An IAM, or Identity and Access Management, is a framework of policies, processes, and technologies that facilitates the management and control of user identities and their access to resources within an organization's IT environment.

Why do you need one?

IAM involves the creation, management, and deletion of user accounts, as well as the assignment of appropriate privileges and permissions to each user. 

 

IAM enhances security by controlling access to sensitive information and resources, streamlining user access management processes, and ensuring compliance with industry regulations.

How it works

User Provisioning

Automates Creation, modification, and deletion of user accounts across various systems and applications based on predefined roles and policies.

Authentication

Verifies the identity of users and ensures that only authorized individuals can access the organization's systems and applications.

Authorization

Enforces access control policies to ensure that users can only access the resources they are authorized to.

Single Sign-On

Allow users to access multiple systems and applications using a single set of credentials.

Auditing

Track user access, detect anomalies, and demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements.

IAM Benefits for the entire organization

CTO (Chief Technology Officer):

  • Enhanced Security: Infisign IAM provides robust security measures, ensuring that critical systems and data are safeguarded against cyber threats.

  • Streamlined Operations: With centralized identity management and automated workflows, the CTO can streamline IT operations, reducing complexity and improving efficiency.

 

Process Owners:

  • Improved Compliance: Infisign IAM helps process owners enforce access policies and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements, mitigating compliance risks.

  • Efficient Access Management: Process owners can efficiently manage user access to applications and resources, ensuring that only authorized users have the appropriate level of access.

 

CEO (Chief Executive Officer):

  • Risk Mitigation: Infisign IAM enables the CEO to mitigate security risks and protect the organization's reputation by ensuring secure access to critical assets.

  • Strategic Decision-Making: With comprehensive IAM insights and analytics, the CEO can make informed strategic decisions to drive business growth and innovation.

 

HR (Human Resources):

  • Streamlined Onboarding: Infisign IAM facilitates seamless user onboarding processes, enabling HR to efficiently provision user accounts and grant access to essential resources.

  • Enhanced Employee Experience: HR can enhance the employee experience by providing self-service access management capabilities, empowering employees to manage their own access rights.

 

Employees:

  • Convenient Access: Employees benefit from simplified access to applications and resources, enhancing productivity and user experience.

  • Security Awareness: Infisign IAM promotes security awareness among employees through multi-factor authentication and access controls, reducing the risk of security incidents.

Additional IAM Benefits

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

 

IAM enables organizations to swiftly respond to emergencies, such as data breaches or system outages, by quickly revoking access to compromised accounts or provisioning temporary access for emergency responders. 

 

Additionally, IAM facilitates the restoration of user privileges and access rights during recovery efforts, ensuring that critical business operations can resume with minimal disruption.

 

Brand Reputation and Customer Trust

 

By implementing robust security measures and protecting sensitive customer data, organizations demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding privacy and respecting regulatory requirements. This, in turn, enhances customer trust and loyalty, as users feel more confident in entrusting their personal information to organizations that prioritize data security and privacy protection.

 

Vendor and Partner Collaboration

 

Organizations can establish trust relationships with external entities, allowing seamless and secure access to shared resources and applications. This capability enhances collaboration, accelerates business partnerships, and fosters innovation through ecosystem integration and collaboration.

 

Support for Digital Transformation

 

IAM plays a critical role in supporting organizations' digital transformation initiatives by enabling secure access to cloud services, mobile applications, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. IAM solutions provide the foundation for modern IT architectures, facilitating seamless integration with emerging technologies and enabling organizations to embrace digital innovation while maintaining strong security controls. 

 

Facilitating Single Customer View (SCV)

 

In customer-centric industries such as retail and finance, IAM can facilitate the creation of a Single Customer View (SCV) by consolidating and managing customer identities across multiple channels and touchpoints. By integrating IAM with customer relationship management (CRM) systems and marketing platforms, organizations can gain a holistic view of customer interactions, preferences, and behaviors. This enables personalized marketing campaigns, targeted product recommendations, and improved customer engagement and loyalty.

 

Support for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Initiatives

 

IAM solutions support Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives by providing secure access to corporate resources from employees' personal devices while maintaining separation between personal and corporate data. IAM enables device registration, mobile device management (MDM) integration, and containerization of corporate applications to enforce security policies and protect sensitive information on BYOD devices. This enhances employee productivity and flexibility without compromising security or compliance requirements.

IAM and Compliance

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is crucial for meeting regulatory compliance requirements. Here's why IAM holds such significance in this context:

 

Data Protection and Privacy: 

By enforcing least privilege access principles, IAM helps minimize the risk of unauthorized data exposure, thereby meeting regulatory requirements related to data protection and privacy, such as those outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Access Control and Accountability:

By maintaining comprehensive audit trails and logging user activities, IAM helps organizations demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements related to access control and accountability, such as those specified in the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the .Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)

 

Risk Management and Governance: 

Regulatory compliance often involves assessing and managing risks associated with data breaches, insider threats, and unauthorized access. IAM enables organizations to mitigate these risks by implementing risk-based access controls, continuous monitoring of user activities, and automated threat detection mechanisms. By identifying and addressing security vulnerabilities proactively, IAM contributes to regulatory compliance efforts aimed at risk management and governance, as mandated by regulations like the ISO/IEC 27001 standard and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework.

 

Regulatory Reporting and Auditing: 

IAM solutions facilitate regulatory reporting and auditing by generating detailed access logs, performing access reviews and certifications, and providing compliance reporting capabilities. By streamlining these processes and ensuring the accuracy and integrity of compliance-related data, IAM helps organizations demonstrate adherence to regulatory requirements and facilitate compliance audits and assessments.

IAM and Cybersecurity

IAM is intricately related to cybersecurity due to its fundamental role in controlling and securing access to digital resources within an organization. 

 

  • No Passwords - IAM solutions streamline password management processes, mitigating risks associated with insecure password storage and forgotten login details while enhancing sign-in processes through features like frequent password updates and robust authentication measures such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), biometrics, and role-based access.

  • Comprehensive security policies across systems, platforms, applications, and devices, facilitating the identification of security violations, removal of inappropriate access privileges, and revocation of access as needed. Additionally, strict access control measures ensure employees can only access systems based on assigned roles, preventing unauthorized privilege escalation and potential insider data breaches.

  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) enhances data protection, utilizing methods like SMS, tokens, or smart cards to add an additional layer of validation for system access. This transparent approach to multi-factor authentication is critical for safeguarding critical applications and privileged identities, reducing the risk of data breaches in the modern cloud environment.

IAM Technologies and Tools

IAM solutions integrate with various technologies and tools to enable secure authentication and authorization at an enterprise scale:

 

  • Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML): SAML enables Single Sign-On (SSO) by notifying other applications of a user's verified identity after successful authentication. It works across different operating systems and machines, ensuring secure access in diverse contexts.

  • OpenID Connect (OIDC): OIDC enhances OAuth 2.0 by adding an identity layer, facilitating the exchange of tokens containing user information between the identity provider and service provider. These tokens, which can be encrypted, include details like the user's name, email address, and photo, making OIDC ideal for authenticating users across mobile games, social media, and applications.

  • System for Cross-Domain Identity Management (SCIM): SCIM standardizes user identity management across multiple applications and solutions. It allows organizations to create a user identity in an IAM tool that integrates with various providers, ensuring users have access without the need for separate accounts.

Why Infisign IAM is right for you?

Built on Zero Trust Principles

Infisign operates on the assumption of zero trust, ensuring that every user and device is thoroughly authenticated and validated before granting access. This approach minimizes security risks and provides a robust defense against potential threats.

Organizational Identity

Infisign recognizes the significance of organizational identity. By anchoring its solution in the unique identity structures of enterprises, it ensures a tailored and efficient access management system that aligns with the specific needs and hierarchies of each organization.

Customizable

Infisign takes a departure from one-size-fits-all solutions. It is not an off-the-shelf product; instead, it offers a customizable IAM solution that adapts to the diverse and evolving needs of enterprises. Whether you're a startup or an established corporation, Infisign molds itself to suit your unique requirements.

Go Live in 2 Weeks

Time is of the essence, and Infisign understands that. The implementation process is streamlined to the point that enterprises can go live within a mere 14 days. This rapid deployment ensures that the benefits of enhanced IAM are realized swiftly without prolonged disruptions.

Suits Enterprises of Any Size

From small startups to large enterprises, Infisign caters to organizations of any size. The scalability of the solution ensures that as your enterprise grows, so does the capability of Infisign to meet your expanding identity management needs.

Go Live in 2 Weeks

Time is of the essence, and Infisign understands that. The implementation process is streamlined to the point that enterprises can go live within a mere 14 days. This rapid deployment ensures that the benefits of enhanced IAM are realized swiftly without prolonged disruptions.

NexGen Privilege Access Management

Privileged access is managed with next-generation capabilities, incorporating dynamic policy applications. This nuanced approach to privilege access management adds an extra layer of security and control, addressing the sophisticated threat landscape.

Future-Ready IAM

Infisign is not just a solution for today; it is future-ready. The platform anticipates the evolving landscape of IAM, incorporating forward-looking features and capabilities to ensure sustained relevance and effectiveness.

IAM FAQs

  • Enhanced Security Protocols
    Infisign's use of cryptographic hashes, public key encryption, and Blockchain ensures an extra layer of robust security, safeguarding user information against breaches and unauthorized access.
  • Decentralized Identity Integration
    Your everyday identification becomes your key, and all communication is solely based on DIDs. This ensures that every request and response is fully encrypted and exchanged directly between peers
  • Organizational Identity
    Infisign enables every organization to use their everyday identity for authentications, the issuance of an identity can be automated based on the provisioning of the user on the Infisign ecosystem or on any LDAP servers.
  • Zero Trust Authentication Templates
    Infisign facilitates the core principles of Zero Trust for each authentication process by utilizing its authentication templates. These templates allow for the controlled sharing of identity information and establish direct connections between parties based on the organization’s defined verification policies.
  • Zero Trust Peer-to-Peer Connections
    Infisign enables secure DID communications for encrypted communication between an organization and a user.
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