-- Make IAM a cross-business goal: Too many organizations push responsibility for IAM over to the IT department. Business processes that include all departments will make sure nothing falls through the cracks. -- Solicit business involvement early: IT cannot solve the problem alone. They're the custodians and the business is the end-user. IT must engage with business and HR in lay language and find common denominators. -- Go proactive, not reactive: Organizations that fix IAM problems after the fact are already out of compliance. Taking a proactive, not a reactive approach to preventing erroneous access in the first place keeps the organization in true compliance. -- Create an identity warehouse: Thoroughly scrub identity information stored by all internal systems so there is easy reconciliation and clear visibility into access granted to employees. -- Fix the controls: Deploy strict access controls during the onboarding process, then make sure they are followed throughout the employee's lifecycle to derive the most value from your identity and access management program. -- Process, process, process: IT spends a significant portion of its time and budget on managing identities. IT and the business divisions can realize measurable benefits from implementing processes that drive down wasted time and money. -- Go paperless: Going paperless with IAM liberates employees from the stacks of paper on their desks. An electronic IAM system can lighten the load across divisions by identifying holdups and speeding timelines. -- Prevention is the key: Get away from the "putting out the fires" mentality. True process control means that fires are prevented. Supporting Quote: Jay O'Donnell, CEO and founder of N8 Identity, said: "Currently, most vendor solutions take a reactive approach to identity governance by allowing policy violations to occur and then reporting on access violations after the fact, creating the risk of noncompliance and incurring extra labor costs. These tips will help organizations develop a strategy that allows their IAM programs to fix access problems before they start. At N8 Identity, our proactive compliance approach to IAM prevents inappropriate access from being granted and identity governance violations from occurring, thereby ensuring continuous compliance with SOX, HIPAA, PIPEDA and other federal security regulations."
About N8 Identity: N8 Identity is Canada's leading dedicated identity and access management (IAM) solution provider. Based on its industry-leading IAM software solution - ELM(TM) - N8 Identity delivers proactive identity and access orchestration through the complete lifecycle of a user within an organization: onboarding, change in responsibility, ad-hoc self-service and offboarding. This proactive process-based solution provides improved identity governance, compliance, security, visibility and decision support to business managers. Augmenting its clients' existing infrastructure, ELM is ready-to-use and delivered as a managed service, resulting in accelerated implementation and quicker time to value. N8 Identity is a privately held company headquartered in Burlington, Ontario. For more information, please visit www.n8id.com