Security: Identity Management Systems: Building a Business Case for Your Enterprise

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-04-11 Print this article Print
Whats Driving Identity Management Projects Today?

Whats Driving Identity Management Projects Today?

Governance, risk and compliance pressures primarily drive today's identity management strategies. Failure to control access to sensitive data and applications can impact a company's brand reputation, stock price and compliance posture. Demand for identity management is also being fueled by the amount of rapid employee change faced by global companies. With employment turnover rates higher than ever, frequent mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and industry downsizing, the ability to rapidly grant, change or remove employees' and contingency workers' access is critical.  
New governance-based identity management projects are being closely examined by C-level executives as enterprises continue to face growing security and IT risk-management issues, an increasing list of compliance requirements, and the need to streamline IT processes. A good IDM system provides a centralized approach for handling authentication within the enterprise, inside databases, and for cloud-based applications and Web services. This relatively new IT supports fine-grained authentication and entitlement management in enterprise IT environments. Like any other initiative, IT organizations must still obtain executive support for funding. The key is to present a strong business case that is based on demonstrable needs, realistic goals and a compelling financial model that clearly justifies the investment. An IDM system designed with business users and business benefits in mind is most desirable. This slide show explores the business elements that are driving investments in identity management today. The expertise was provided by founder and President Kevin Cunningham of SailPoint, whose IdentityIQ system is designed to help organizations mitigate risk, reduce IT costs and ensure compliance.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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