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Identity Management

Pressures surround the IT department: Government and Industry Regulations don’t mandate that you construct an identity infrastructure or implement Security Information Event Management (SIEM) technology. But the business wants to implement new applications, the financial controller wants to utilize lower cost cloud applications, and the auditors are demanding controls, reports and rectification. Meanwhile, your staff is straining to keep up.

Identity and Access Management, along with Security Information Event Management have become critical pillars in the IT infrastructure of many enterprise customers. The evolution of these technologies has gone from an infrastructure to simplify administration, and evolved through the codification of security policies to a facility to help assure regulatory compliance.

Today, the pressure on the IT managers to deliver secure, and regulatory compliant solutions across a variety of platforms is being further complicated by the widespread embrace of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications. SaaS offers economy, but to maintain control over the identities of your employees, partners and customer, it introduces many new challenges and requires additional infrastructure and implementation skills.

The continual need to provide better technologies to support an evolving workforce and customer base presents a challenge to controlling access. Each new solution that is brought into the environment brings with it one more system that needs to be managed and administered. And with some of those solutions not being under the direct control of the IT department, the traditional methods of authentication and authorization need to be rethought.

Automated user provisioning and de-provisioning, as well as workflow attestation based solutions help an IT staff better manage user entitlements and access throughout the enterprise. Technologies like single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, and federated authentication help to improve the user’s experience, while simultaneously automating previously cumbersome tasks for the help desk. Security Information Event Management provides monitoring and correlation of events detected within multiple systems in real time, enabling a solution which can both detect and proactively take action when systems are misused. Finally, Access Governance can close the loop, independently auditing the connected systems to assure that IDM policies are not being circumvented by unauthorized manual actions.

The CIS Identity Management (IDM) team offers unparalleled expertise in unifying systems while bolstering security through a variety of Identity and Access Management solutions. In doing so, we help reduce operating costs by lowering the difficulty of managing multiple systems while also providing compliance solutions that are not only enforceable but also provable.

By combining technologies from throughout the SIEM and IAM field, the CIS IDM team pioneered the concept of “continuous auditing.” This approach caused an evolutionary shift in the way organizations handle compliance management. Previously, compliance was a backward looking process, running reports on what has already happened to determine if there were breaches or violations of governance. The continuous auditing method developed by the CIS IDM team introduced a real time and forward looking process, detecting and proactively preventing problems.. Through this approach, enforcement of audit constraints, such as separation of duties, are enforced as they happen. CIS’ solutions provide comprehensive auditing capabilities to ensure that critical network resources can only be accessed by approved users only during approved times. This ensures provable compliance for the business, as well as peace of mind for the IT executive.

CIS is a thought leader in the Identity and Access Management field. The IDM team designs and implements solutions to tackle a wide range of issues revolving around authentication and access – from password policy enforcement, to role-change within the enterprise, to simplified hiring & firing, to audit compliance and event correlation, to single sign-on.  Connecting to your existing business applications, databases, and directory structures streamlines environments, reduces operating costs, and satisfies compliance needs. 

Interested in reading about solutions to tricky Identity Manager problems?
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