Firms ‘struggle’ with access management for new systems

Businesses are putting in so much technology that they are struggling to cope with identity and access management for the new systems.

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Businesses are putting in so much technology that they are struggling to cope with identity and access management for the new systems.

That is the verdict of a new report by analysts Butler Group, that said organisations were having to make large changes to existing identity and access management software, in order to keep pace with what the business was doing.

IAM product suites now have to deal with new requirements, the ‘Identity and Access Management’ report stated. These include web and remote access user communities, other business relationships, a growing services-led IT access culture, and fraudulent activity.

Businesses also faced the challenge of managing and protecting their data, while sharing it with larger amounts of users, third party suppliers and partners.

IAM had not been extended to third parties as widely as expected, the report noted. It was “extremely important”, that identity management was tightly controlled in these circumstances, it said.

Andrew Kellett, author of the report, explained that in the last two years “key functional protection requirements” remained unchanged, but “what has changed very significantly ... is the range of business operations and service delivery environments that needs to be supported and protected”.

But businesses needed to remember the services already delivered by their IAM software, he said, before worrying over addressing newer threats.

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