Todays Identity Management Tools
Today's identity management tools
I'd be remiss if I did not suggest that today's next-generation identity management solutions can help facilitate this collaboration across IT and business lines. Like BI tools, they aggregate and correlate identity and access data across applications, databases, systems and directories to create a single authoritative view of "who has access to what."
They then transform that disparate technical identity data into consistent, business-relevant information. This gives business managers the information and metrics they need to strengthen internal controls, improve auditability and reduce risk. Finally, identity management tools provide business-friendly UIs that are designed to be used collaboratively by both business and IT users.
When organizations deploy the right identity management tools in accordance with the three best practices outlined earlier-building an accountability culture, aligning policy and providing full IT transparency-they can successfully engage business managers in a traditionally IT-centric process. Having business managers participate in identity management processes leads to more accurate compliance and security efforts and, ultimately, a better risk posture for the organization.
Mark McClain is founder and CEO of SailPoint. Mark drives the vision and overall business strategy for SailPoint. Previously, Mark was founder and president of Waveset, where he helped establish the company's industry-leading position in the identity management space, including 250 percent revenue growth year over year for three years. Following the acquisition of Waveset by Sun Microsystems, Mark served as vice president of marketing for Sun software. Mark also has diverse experience in international sales and marketing with Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Tivoli Systems. He can be reached at Mark.McClain@sailpoint.com.