For an IGA solution, among plethora of capabilities, the following are table stakes - event-driven/resource-owner/orphaned-account/manager-based reviews, multi-level approval access requests with sequential/parallel/quorum-based approvals, customized forms for various Request types, remediation of SOD control violations. While this ensures that we have an apparatus to manage basic governance processes, it retains the administrative burden. Organizations are spending lot of resources on same set of activities and vendors are building same set of capabilities as before. The continuous adornment around these features is decelerating innovation in this space. The focal point instead should be around pruning the expanse of governance activities while not compromising on security or compliance objectives. The call to lighten the load on the line of business has never been louder. The key questions that management and stakeholders must answer are as follows:
Seems like a strange question for a hardened and pragmatic cybersecurity practice, right? But it’s actually quite necessary to the ongoing and rapid evolution of Identity Access Management (IAM). We are at the forefront of an IAM revolution. IAM has always striven for better automation and the possibility of how machines could make more informed decisions due to the necessity, ubiquity, and potentially overwhelming nature of the IAM presence in an organization. This can quickly become a “whack-a-mole” exercise as humans manually review and make decisions that can have rippling effects within their infrastructure. Artificial Intelligence (AI), previously the stuff of science fiction, with a rote implementation that has yet to fulfill the prophecy of Isaac Asimov is now seeing arguably great strides with the fervor over facets like ChatGPT and its growing list of possibilities. But still, automation, machine learning, and even AI must be curated. Nowhere is this more true and intense than in cybersecurity. At some point and typically many points, a human must review, ensure, check, double check, talk to another human(s) to validate, and then perform the whole process over again at various points in the life cycle. We always try to lessen this need, but it never fully goes away. The real challenge though, is perception; the blurry ideals and expectations that inherently exist in human nature and understanding. And it’s not human fault, much like the shortcomings of AI are not its fault. Information output is only as good as information input. You don’t know what you don’t know. For humans, erroneous and/or incomplete information creates extraneous cognitive load, doubt, and ultimately anxiety. That’s a recipe for disaster in an IAM environment. So how do we solve it in the now and not wait upon the robot dreams of some future state?
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