KuppingerCole Report
Leadership Brief
By Dave Kearns

The 5 Biggest IAM Myths

Identity and Access Management (IAM) have been with us long enough to develop a strong history, but also a strong mythos, that is, a set of beliefs or assumptions which might or might not be correct – or which may have once been correct but are no longer.
By Dave Kearns
dk@kuppingercole.com

1 Recommendations

IAM is the granddaddy of identity related technologies, having been with us since the last century. But in that time, a mythology has been created including things that were once true but are no longer, things that are only partially true and things which never did have any validity. These are our recommendations for overcoming these myths.

  • Integrated architecture, services, applications and – equally as important – user education are necessary. No software alone can solve your IAM problems.
  • Dynamic, policy-based access control is necessary to protect your data and resources; static ACLs (Access Control Lists) no longer do the job properly.
  • Proper IAM, as well as proper governance, requires all users and resources are part of a single integrated identity domain – separate structures for on-premise business, industrial control systems and cloud-based services can only stay separate at the risk of massive data breaches.
  • Authentication methods all have exploitable flaws. Use risk mitigation techniques and policies to overcome their weaknesses. None of these methods is a “magic bullet.”
  • Employee education –especially in the area of IAM – must be an on-going process. To say that “they all attended an orientation briefing and signed the appropriate policy when they joined“ ignores the lesser fact that not everyone retains information from orientation and the greater fact that not everyone (e.g., partners, vendors, contractors) goes through orientation.

2 Analysis

Since the dawn of the PC era thirty years ago a large body of mythology has developed around its hardware and software:

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3 Summary

Identity and Access Management (IAM) has come a long way in the past 20 to 30 years. But, as with most rapidly developing technology, beliefs about IA ...

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