Enhancing Access Management: Building Trust in the Era of Digital Transformation and Zero Trust

Boosting access management and creating trust

Data protection and trust go hand in hand more than ever. Access management is becoming the cornerstone of digital transformation.

Access Management (AM) is now central to gaining customer trust. According to Enza Iannopollo, Principal Analyst at Forrester, data protection and trust have never been more interdependent. Securing identities is increasingly becoming key to digital transformation. Granular, role-based and just-in-time are the watchwords.

Increasingly, Zero Trust is now being incorporated into the early stages of digital transformation projects. Zero Trust is a framework that assumes that the security of a complex network is at risk at all times from external as well as internal threats. Proper implementation of AM is critical to delivering excellent customer experiences that can be safely scaled in a zero trust world.

Boost access management and reduce threat surfaces

1. Strengthen user authentication for more consistency

MFA and single sign-on (SSO) are the two most popular forms of identity management and authentication – a kind of cornerstone. However, strengthening user authentication requires verifying and tracking every access permission and set of credentials. ZTNA frameworks are complemented by IAM and AM systems that can verify the identity of each user accessing a resource and alert teams to block access when suspicious activity is detected.

2. Benefit from improved CIEM from PAM platform providers

Security teams can incorporate CIEM bundling into a cloud PAM renewal by negotiating a multi-year license. According to Scott Fanning (senior director of product management, cloud security at CrowdStrike), the CIEM approach provides organizations with the insights needed to prevent identity-based threats from causing security breaches due to misconfigured cloud credentials at public cloud providers.

3. Strengthening unified endpoint management (UEM) through a consolidation strategy

UEM vendors should improve integration between endpoint security, endpoint protection platforms, analytics and UEM platforms. IBM, Ivanti and VMWare currently lead the market with improvements in intelligence and automation.

Gartner noted in its latest Magic Quadrant for UEM tools that security intelligence and automation remain a strength. It also said recent development is moving toward endpoint analytics and automation to improve DEX. Further, Gartner praised Ivanti’s UEM enhancing & building solution as “the only solution in this study that provides active and passive discovery of all devices on the network and uses multiple advanced techniques to discover and inventory unmanaged devices.”

Source: VentureBeat