Companies’ information systems are becoming increasingly complex, open and subject to constant change. Information system security, which is essential for a company to function effectively, is underpinned by a range of solutions, tools and technologies.
At the heart of this system is a key link in the chain: the user. IS security cannot be managed properly if there is no management of a user’s identity and his or her access to the IS: by deploying an IAM strategy and more specifically an identity and access management platform, a company can ensure its IT security is reliable while also protecting its nerve centre.
Take control and automate the management of your digital identities
Managing all your users’ identities effectively is a real challenge as Information System management becomes more complex. One of the key aims is to answer the question “who has access to what?”.
The first step in taking control of all your identities is to consolidate information on your users in a central directory.
Next, you need to make sure your Information System users’ IT access rights comply with your company’s security policy. This is because poor credentials management can pose a serious threat and have major consequences for a company.
Everyone who has access to the company’s data must have the right authorisation level for their position and their duties. User rights are not set in stone. When a user joins the company, they are granted access rights to match their initial duties, but these can change if the person changes position or their job description changes, for example. Their access rights and the scope of their authorisations must be updated to avoid any risk of vulnerabilities.
Some ‘classic’ risks :
A user leaves
They keep their rights to access IS resources, even though they no longer work for the company. This can have a critical effect depending on the circumstances in which they left and the IS’s exposure to the internet.
A user changes position
They keep the access rights they had in their previous role. This might mean they hold rights that are potentially incompatible or contravene business rules when held together.
Checks on access rights are essential for protecting your IS against malfunctions resulting from human error, fraud and the loss or theft of data.
Tighten up and tailor security
of access to your IS
Gone are the days when access management just meant providing a login/password for all users. As part of a cybersecurity strategy, it is essential that you tighten up your authentication mechanisms and access control rules for your IS applications in order to eliminate the use of weak passwords and tailor the required level of security to your context.
To implement and strengthen your security policy, you must take account of a wide range of factors, such as the work environment, application sensitivity, the context of use, the user’s job, and the expected ergonomics, which means accepting and working with many different criteria and technologies.
Thanks to a comprehensive access management platform you will be able to manage different authentication methods and adapt the level of security to the context, while ensuring access control and traceability of all operations performed from any entry point. It will also enable you to ensure your security policy is consistent.
Unify your IAM security
to limit risks
As work environments and services to be managed grow in number, taking control of and securing access to your IS becomes a critical priority for any company.
Deploying a centralised identity and access management platform gives you 360° visibility of your users, their access rights, and the associated operational risks. It allows you to standardise the general security policies for your IS, a vital component of any complete cybersecurity strategy.