Secure Identity & Access Management (IAM) is critical for successful digital transformation.
In the coming years, organizations will continue to rely heavily on digital transformation, which means that cloud, remote work and IoT processes will become increasingly important. This has implications for cybersecurity processes and controls, as well as the need for secure Identity & Access Management (IAM) solutions. In this blog post, we look at the implications of digital transformation for enterprises and introduce you to some of the benefits of IAM.
Digital transformation is the transformation of companies to take full advantage of digitalization. By leveraging digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics and cloud computing, companies can improve productivity, enter new markets and gain a competitive advantage. However, digital transformation also expands the attack surface for cyber criminals as more corporate data is stored online, making it vulnerable to hacking.
Comprehensive digital transformation also means increasing attack surfaces
The widespread adoption of DevOps methods means that IT development and infrastructure management must work more closely together. After all, IT infrastructures now include software processes. Such changes mean that cybersecurity processes and controls need to be updated as IT governance requirements are implemented. This particularly affects identity and access management (IAM) - especially in protecting privileged identities and access rights. Close collaboration between DevOps and security is one of the key factors for the success of digital transformation. After all, IT security is not an obstacle, but an enabler for innovation. The DevOps movement has done much to eliminate the classic separation between development and operations in IT. Now the separation between security and DevOps must also be eliminated. After all, security is an integral part of successful software processes - and not something you "add on" afterwards.
The IT infrastructure (both premise and cloud) is largely software-based. As a result, digital identities are being used in a wide variety of forms and in much greater numbers. This explosive growth in the number of access options is causing new risks and challenges for which organizations must prepare conceptually and organizationally. Finally, the benefits of digital transformation can only be accessed if IT security teams consider the significantly larger attack surface for digital identities. These include:
- User identities in local directory services, mainframes, ERP systems and other data sources
- Internal application and service accounts
- DevOps users and accounts for IT development and deployment
- Cloud service accounts for SaaS, PaaS/IaaS domains as well as IoT SCADA platform systems & services with API or Internet interfaces.
Conceptually, digital transformation also involves the effective and secure management of identities, access, information security and risks.
The most important advantages of Identity & Access Security
There are now much better synchronization, account management, and single sign-on (SSO) capabilities than there were some time ago. This improvement makes it easier to aggregate and coordinate digital identities across different platforms. Bundling as many identity-based interactions as possible on a central platform makes it easier to manage and monitor accounts and activities. Also helpful are controls for privileged users that can be integrated into on-premises as well as cloud-based service environments. In this way, traditional passwords can be replaced by token-based authorization based on more robust security policies.
The new possibilities for controlling remote access in cloud environments and internal networks mean that additional services, such as the use of IoT devices, are becoming increasingly viable.
Learn more about how a central and unified solution can support you on the path to digital transformation. VISULOX provides a central gateway for hybrid IT and OT infrastructures. Privileges are granted in a controlled manner and access is documented so that you can answer the questions at any time: Who did what, when, how and where? Whether in the cloud, on premise, in the office or remotely.