The Cross-Examination of Identity Governance and Intelligence

Identity governance and intelligence has renewed focus on the world of IT security and identity and access management (IAM). Like many new approaches in the past, there are questions that need to be answered — and lots of them:

  • Why have identity governance projects failed to connect with the business, and why should I continue to care?
  • Can we continue to use spreadsheets instead of buying enterprise software?
  • Are roles the best way to govern user identities and manage risk?
  • Isn’t identity governance just an audit or compliance solution?

Answering Identity Governance Questions

On April 8, 2016, IBM Identity Governance Specialist David Tyrrell will try to answer those questions and more as he is cross-examined by yours truly. This will include an interactive discussion on business activities, where they come from and why IBM thinks they are the most effective solution to govern the user identity. The session will also cover how identity governance and intelligence can secure your organization, protect it against insider threats and help it remain compliant.

Roles have long been the tool of choice for enterprise security solutions to govern user identities, but are they really the best way? Roles change, overlap, are added and removed, and this makes it hard to use them to manage identity governance.

Due to this difficulty, many organizations are forced to manage fine-grained entitlements as a means to identity governance. These highly technical entitlements are effective at managing users down to the most granular level. However, it can lead to a communication barrier between IT, the business and the audit teams.

Using business activities is a new approach to managing identity governance. It helps to optimize the entire process. Business activities remove the need to use roles in identity governance and, most importantly, are easily understood by business users. This simplicity facilitates communication and empowers end users to make the right decisions when it comes to proper access.

Learn More

IBM Security Identity Governance was just named a leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration. Join our April 8 webinar to learn why the solution is so effective and to have your identity governance questions answered.

Watch the on-demand webinar: The Cross-Examination of Identity Governance and Intelligence

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Nick Oropall

WW Market Segment Manager, IBM Security Identity Governance and Administration

Nick Oropall is the worldwide marketing manager for IBM Identity Governance and Intelligence. He frequently comments on IAM's impact on emerging security requirements, such as insider threat, cloud/mobile, compliance and governance. In his 5 years at IBM he has worked in client facing and marketing roles within the Security division.