What to Look for in an IAM Solution

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The Best of Both Worlds: App Shaping

Most IAM solutions give IT complete control over which corporate applications employees can access. However, it's growing increasingly important to have even more granular control than that.

Application shaping is new technology that gives IT complete control over what each employee or groups of employees can see and do within web applications. For example, you could redact certain data fields within these web applications for certain types of employees, disable certain features or even make web applications entirely read-only.

By removing high-risk features (e.g., exporting files, ability to mass delete, etc.), a company can increase its security, without limiting its workforce's flexibility.

A study conducted by Intermedia last year found that the average employee relies on 13 different web applications at work, each requiring a different password. It also found that 89 percent of working adults retained access (i.e., a valid login and password) to at least one application from a former employer. More concerning, 45 percent retained access to "confidential" or "highly confidential" data, and 49 percent logged into an account after leaving the company.

With these realities in mind, identity and access management (IAM) software is increasingly necessary for businesses of every size to combat potential data breaches to data and IT systems. IAM is not only about single sign-on (SSO): A range of new and advanced capabilities greatly increase security while improving employees' productivity. In this slideshow, Intermedia highlights the top five features business should look for in an IAM solution.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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