Boiling the Ocean

Access Risk Management Blog | Courion

Doug Mow CMO CourionAccess to resources such as applications and data are the lifeblood of every company today. And providing access to employees, partners and company stakeholders has become increasingly complex. Nevertheless, users still expect immediate access to resources in order to get their jobs done. As a result, IT is constantly hustling to provide access quickly to maximize productivity.

As with most things in life, everything has a cost. While speed is imperative, providing improper or inaccurate access can impede  business productivity and the company may be exposed to unnecessary or completely unforeseen risk.

To understand risk, you must first be aware of where threats exist by having visibility into the access granted, the resources and data behind the access granted, and how the granted access is being used. In order to do so, IT must walk-through and review a mountain of data in multiple not-necessarily-integrated systems to find the answer.

So how do you ensure that users have appropriate access given their roles, and that they are using those resources within governing policies? How do you easily and efficiently identify anomalies and outliers? How do you know which data points lead to risk when you must boil an ocean of big data to get to the answer?boil the ocean  How do you do all of this continuously and in real time to manage risk on an ongoing basis?

At Courion, we think the answer lies in the big data inherent within IAM systems – Big Identity Data. Harnessing Big Identity Data brings IAM technology to its next evolutionary state and provides unprecedented value when applied correctly. The only way to do this is through a powerful analytical tool like Courion’s Access Insight. You must be able to aggregate billions of data points, apply analytics, and visualize risk and act on that information, not only to remediate at a single point in time, but also to improve ongoing processes or operations to prevent similar risks from occurring in the future.

Access Insight processes identity and access management data in a data cube, applies analytics, and produces intuitive visualizations of the relationships between the disparate elements of users’ identities, their access rights, their activity accessing application and data resources and the policies governing that access. Access Insight is completely integrated with Courion’s provisioning and governance modules to provide the tools needed to take action to remediate immediate risks as well as modify operations to prevent a reoccurrence of the same issue. As an Identity and Access Intelligence (IAI) solution, Access Insight can help you monitor access and compliance on a constant ongoing basis, despite the volume of Big Identity Data at hand.

In the coming months, you’ll hear us talk more about what we see as the next generation of IAM, intelligent IAM. Thanks to BID and the actionable analytics that Access Insight provides, we believe provisioning can be more informed by the existing activities and access in the enterprise and compliance can be maintained continuously, not just at individual points in time. The result? More efficient IT operations and streamlined audits.

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