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Evolving Identity Management after a Cyber Attack

September 10, 2019, MOQdigital Marketing

Cyber Security, Identity

MOQDIGITAL September (new size)Identity and Access Management (AIM) plays an important role in a digital world. However, businesses should be evolving their Identity Management after a Cyber Attack to ensure that their operations remain secure and relevant in a modern market.

The Role of Identity

As more companies begin to store their data in The Cloud, the need for security becomes more important than ever before. While The Cloud offers many benefits for modern businesses, appropriate risk reduction measures need to be taken to ensure that it operates effectively, efficiently, and securely. IAM helps with this, providing three key features to bolster security: 

  1. Identification
  2. Authentication
  3. Authorisation 

With IAM, when users try to access systems, data, and insights, they must first identify themselves to the company’s system. Once their identity has been verified, via the authentication process – such as with passwords, they can access the information they need. Companies can also use IAM to ensure that the right people have access to the right insights and that they can control this access easily, transparently, and appropriately. 

A good Identity Solution will help a company create a productive and efficient workplace with increased security across their systems and devices. 

However, a weak Identity Solution can be manipulated in the event of a cyber-attack, and businesses who wish to remain secure need to evolve their identity management with the market to reduce their risk and retain the relevancy of their IAM solutions.  

Cyber Attacks and IAM

Cyber attacks are a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’. Business leaders can limit the impact of an attack by having the appropriate measures in place, and can evolve their identity management after a cyber attack to ensure that it suits their ongoing security needs. 

This creates an important question – how does IAM evolve? 

Digital technology has created a fast market in business. Devices, solutions, and trends are everywhere, and it can be hard to decide what is relevant. Companies don’t need what is ‘on trend’. They need what works for them. Identity infrastructure that has been tailored to a business works. But, businesses evolve, and business leaders need to ensure that their infrastructure does too. Risks become more common with IAM when authorisations have not been adjusted to suit changing workplaces, identification is not securely shared, and authentication practices become slack. 

For example, if an employee who has left the company still has access to corporate networks, they can pose a risk to sensitive insights. Other employees may be sharing passwords and access codes, and IT departments are not updating software and solutions appropriately. All of these factors contribute to higher cyber security risks. 

When it comes to evolving Identity management after a Cyber Attack, companies need to take steps to discover where an attack occurred, and why. Better yet, they should have an up-to-date IAM solution that does not need to be updated following an attack, but that is capable of stopping or reducing the impact of a cyber threat in real-time. 

Making the most of IAM

If you want to learn more about Identity Access Management and ensure that your IAM solutions are relevant for your business contact MOQdigital today.