What is Access Management?

Access Management refers to solutions that allow the various digital identities in your organization, such as your employees, partners and suppliers, to access the digital environment of your organization in a safe and user-friendly way.

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Why Access Management?

Access Management strengthens the digital resilience and agility of organizations.

Just like you want to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to the physical premises of your organization, you also want to keep them out of the digital environment of your organization.At the same time, you want authorized persons – such as your employees, partners and suppliers – to be able to enter easily. In the physical world, this is relatively simple: you provide all doors and windows with locks and you provide one central entrance where people enter (for example, through a card system in combination with a reception). Ideally, you would ensure that all authorized persons have one pass or key that gives them access to all areas they are allowed to enter.

This is a challenge in the world: digital organizations have a multitude of applications that their employees, partners and suppliers can access at any time and from any location. Within these applications, each user has their own account with associated login details.

The result is that people reuse passwords, as a person can only remember 3 passwords at a time on average. This entails enormous risks: research into data leaks shows that more than 80% of the cases hackers used stolen login details or brute force attacks.

Forcing users to choose a new complicated password regularly is not a solution. This decreases productivity and does not improve security. The answer is Access Management. With Access Management you ensure that users have safe and easy access to the digital environment. At the same time, you are able to determine, based on risks, which extra steps a user must take to log in, with which you can easily secure the confidential data of the organization. In the sections below, we explain which value Access Management adds in terms of the Digital Identity Business Drivers.

Digital Identity business drivers

Business Enablement

Organizations need to be agile in order to achieve success, today and in the future. We work increasingly more often remotely and in the cloud. The number of parties involved is constantly growing. Look, for instance, at your employees, partners and suppliers. Nowadays, they all need access to the same data and systems. Access Management enables this in a smart way by managing all the different digital identities with one central system, which ensures that everybody gets the access they need.

Business Efficiency

Replacing outdated and fragmented Access Management solutions helps to increase business efficiency in several ways. For example, by automating processes related to the issuance and recovery of passwords and by simplifying the login process of employees. Managing access from one central location simplifies the Access Management process and thus reduces the workload of the IT department.

An Access Management solution with a Cloud /SaaS delivery model also has the advantage that you no longer have to worry about infrastructure and maintenance costs, such as security updates and patches.

User Experience

An inconvenient digital environment and cumbersome security measures cause irritation in the workplace. Due to the increase in the use of the number of applications, people are forced to keep inventing and remembering complex passwords. This does not contribute to their productivity. With Access Management, the login pages on all devices get a uniform appearance and this improves the user experience. The implementation of functionalities such as Single-Sign On (SSO) and Federated Identity Management also ensures that users do not have to log in as often as they normally would have done.

Security & Risk

People are now increasingly gaining remote access to company data. This has made it more complex to verify that the person logging in is really who he or she claims to be. A lack of control over this process increases the risk of data leaks and thereby reputational damage. Access Management reduces these risks and strengthens the digital resilience of an organization with functionalities such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Risk-Based Access and Identity Proofing.

Compliance

Access Management helps to demonstrate that your organization complies with laws and regulations. Consider, for example, enforcing requirements for password complexity, Multi-Factor authentication and Single-Sign-On (SSO) for granting access to applications and systems. With Access Management you can use reports to make it clear who has been logged in at what time and which data has been accessed.

Access Management offers the following functionalities:

Authentication

Single Sign On (SSO) and Federated Identity Management

Standardized authentication protocols, such as SAML and OAuth2.

Authorization based on roles, attributes or policies

Session management

Adaptive access based on context and risks

Logging and monitoring of events

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