5 Identity Management Myths Exposed

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, September 13, 2019

Identity management helps organizations to govern, secure, and access data by guarding the organizations against malicious acts.

FREMONT, CA: Identity Management is the process of identifying, authorizing, and authenticating individuals or groups of individuals to have access to applications, systems, or networks by corporating user rights and restrictions with established identities. Often the greatest struggle to identity security comes from within the enterprises itself. Many organizations limit their cybersecurity effectiveness by sticking to their legacy identity and access management (IAM) solutions. In such cases, the organizations simply fail to address the danger and fail to recognize it. On the other hand, some identity management myths continue to influence organization cybersecurity decision-makers. Let's take a look at few of the identity management myths influencing organizations and CIO decisions.

1. Once Logged In, the Users Should be Just Fine

Letting someone know any important password can leave the company vulnerable. It is difficult to know if someone who just logged is an employee or a hacker. The enterprises should have Zero Trust policies in place. This refers to the policies, which is summarized by the statement—never trust, always verify. Anyone needing access into any network or any database will require verification before receiving any access. Along with this, the organizations can step-up authentication to help ensure a smooth experience while reducing the identity fraudulently.

2. We Don’t Need Identity Management, We Have Antivirus

Antivirus has nothing to do with identity management or security. Antivirus can actually not offer the organizations the protection it needs to handle the malware. All the Antivirus programs cannot protect or possess the capabilities to defend against the modern threat landscape. The next-generation of security databases can do that. In spite of this, endpoint security does not help protect identities. Enterprises definitely need a legitimate identity and access management solution.

3. We Don’t Need to Worry About Our Privileged Access Management

A large number of organizations tend to express but not fear the supreme confidence concerning their privileged access management. More alarmingly, this confidence does not seem connected to reality. The myth proves not only the insidious, it also undercuts the efforts to revitalize the enterprises' privileged access. However, this proves to be confusing. The privileged credentials in the wrong hands would take months to detect without behavioral or session monitoring. The more the threat takes a seat on the network, the more damage it can do. 

4. Multifactor Authentication Will Only Create More Friction

It is a mandatory statement that the organizations stick with the passwords because they worry about deploying any authentication factor that will create friction. Indeed, this friction can create a bad user experience, which can later turn and motivate users to create workarounds. Nevertheless, some enterprises greatly inflate multifactor authentication that poses friction to the network.  In short, the multifactor authentication can help the enterprises balance user experience and identity security. The identity management myth often pairs with the other identity management myths regarding the passwords. Organizations continually assume passwords comprising a secure authentication protocol when all evidence points to the contrary

5. We Already Know Our Users, So It’s Only About Protecting the Data 

The identity management myth proves to be wildly optimistic. More often than not, the organizations lack visibility to evaluate the users fully. Of course, they may not even possess an accurate picture of all the identities connecting into a network. Devices, applications, and users all possess their own identities, and any of these can posses risk when it is unmonitored. As the organizations enhance, maintaining visibility becomes increasingly difficult, doubly so if enterprises lack strong onboarding and offboarding processes. However, as the enterprises’ infrastructure improve, the user access control will improve as well. The enterprise should enact visibility-increasing capabilities via next-generation identity management. Moreover, identity governance can assist with role management and helps in finding identities.

By adopting an identity governance strategy for the entire organization, the enterprises' users can properly secure and govern the organizations' identities and their access.

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