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By Martin Kuppinger

IAM for Robotic Process Automation: How to avoid Security Challenges

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is one of the trending topics in today’s IT environments. RPA promises to automate manual tasks within business processes by implementing (software) “robots” that perform these tasks instead of humans. Such software robots must have a digital identity, and the access rights of these robots must be kept under control for enforcing the Principle of Least Privilege and avoiding major security challenges. IAM for RPAs, therefore, must be carefully considered and planned.

1 Executive Summary

RPA is used in different scenarios. One major scenario is automating manual, repetitive tasks, e.g. by automating data entry via screen scraping. Anot ...

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2 Analysis

RPA has evolved into a priority topic for many businesses, promising business process optimization and cost reduction. However, RPA comes with various ...

Accounts for robots must be defined for the business activity in scope. Thus, a robot account will have even fewer entitlements than the human that pe ...

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3 Recommendations

IAM for RPA can build on standard IGA and PAM capabilities. IGA helps in the Lifecycle Management of robot accounts, as well as in assigning and appr ...

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