Shirley Bassey “I AM what I AM”….Or is she?
I don’t want to make too many assumptions here, but I assume most of you have heard of Shirley Bassey?
To be more precise Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, born: 8 January 1937 (age 81 years), famous for Goldfinger · 1964 and of course I Am What I Am · 1984.
But when it comes to Digital identity its not quite so simple, being famous for singing I AM what I AM does not mean IAM (Identity Access Management) will recognise Shirley unless she can prove beyond digital doubt, who she is.
So, let’s have a look at IAM and what todays landscape looks like!
What IAM can do for you…
The IT security landscape is evolving fast, very fast, and technology is constantly on the pursuit to protect against the latest threats in the world.
One of the latest trends in the modern day is Digital Identity; the online or networked identity adopted or claimed in cyberspace by an individual, organisation or electronic device. Like its human counterpart, a digital identity is comprised of characteristics and data attributes such as usernames, passwords, search histories and purchasing behaviour. Identity Access Management is a tool used to manage such identities within organisations, but articulating value can be difficult.
What Value Can It Bring?
Enhance User Experience
People like simplicity. Most don’t have the time to remember multiple different usernames and passwords for a range of different applications. Your system might be made up of a lot of different internal and external applications, all having different access methods. With IAM, single sign-on (SSO) and unified identity, your customers and partners can access different areas of your system with one account ensuring you provide a seamless, simple user experience.
With the rise of cybercrime in recent decades, data breaches are becoming a normal business threat to even the most established enterprises. IAM will lock up digital identities and keeps your corporate information safe and secure, reducing the risk of a breach. Furthermore, it prevents any data leaks or unauthorised access from its users as each individual has certain levels of authorisation.
Easy Access, Anywhere & Anytime
You need to be able to reach your users through any platform and allow them easy access to your services through their existing digital identities. By implementing an IAM solution, you can remove all barriers to entry and let employees, customers, partners and suppliers alike to access your business capabilities, easily, securely, anywhere at any time.
Increase & Maintain Business Agility
The world is advancing fast, very fast, and it’s essential for businesses to be as agile as possible to be able to adapt to the world and advancements happening around them. IAM will enable a degree of business agility as it connects everyone to everything, so they can get access anywhere at any time. Whether you are in the office, working from home, on the road or lying on a beach in the Caribbean, it enables individuals to be flexible which in turn results in business agility.
IAM is no longer just about managing employees but also encompasses customers, partners, suppliers and devices. It enables you to provide a seamless experience to all users of your system while making sure that security is the highest priority. Shirley can rest easy, she really is who she is and can be assured no one else will find it easy to assume her identity!
Providing users with secure access can be challenging, but identity and access management solutions deliver improved security, as well as cost and time savings. Effective IAM solutions help enterprises facilitate secure, efficient access to technology resources across these diverse systems, while allowing maximum flexibility for dynamic companies in a dynamic digital environment.
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