3 Things to Remember on Your Path to IAM Maturity
Businesses shouldn’t be patient when it comes to getting good at IAM. They should hustle to achieve IAM maturity as fast as possible so their data and businesses remain secure in an era when cybercrime is more profitable than the international drug trade – to the tune of $6 trillion per year by 2021! To reach maturity, businesses need a roadmap – an understanding of where they’re going and a knowledge of the milestones they should be meeting along the way. This is called a maturity mode, and it enables businesses to assess the quality and effectiveness of their cybersecurity software and understand where to devote effort and budget in order to climb to the next level, as well as to compare themselves to competitors and provide evidence for compliance and certification purposes.
Achieving the highest level in a maturity model used to be very difficult, and few organizations were able to do it. Today, gaining maturity is far easier – but even so, most companies still get stuck. They have some processes and some synchronization of data, but they can’t quite push through the barriers to create an overarching system that governs all of their identity repositories.
Where Are They Going Wrong?
Here are three things to remember when working toward IAM maturity:
- The steps to maturity between any one level and the next aren’t simple. You need strong organizational will, a clear vision of how your IAM should support your strategic business goals, and a partner who understands how to deploy IAM in a way that helps you achieve those goals.
- Maturity for maturity’s sake isn’t helpful. Remember the real reasons you’re making these improvements – so your organization can be more secure even as it scales, and your users and customers can become more productive through a better experience.
- Automate, automate, automate: Automation enables continuous improvement, increases efficiency, eliminates human error, makes scaling fast and easy, and frees up your IT team to focus.
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