Thomas Van den Bossche

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In organisations, it’s clear that data is important for marketing purposes and other fields like identity and access management (IAM). However, there is a distinction between data being important and being valuable. Data has the potential to be valuable, but the actual value largely depends on the processing that was – or was not – applied to the data.

SMEs tend to believe that hackers are much more interested in large companies. However, this is a wrong assumption. In most cases, hackers use tools which autonomically search the internet for weak points in the defense systems of organizations’ IT systems – without making a distinction based on the size of the organization – and try to work their way in. The fact that smaller organizations’ security systems are often less sophisticated than those of large companies, makes those smaller organizations more vulnerable.

It’s a well-known fact that organizations need to protect their data, as they otherwise risk to get confronted with data breaches and compliance issues. But how can you successfully protect your organization’s data if there are factors at play – orphaned accounts, shadow IT, vague access needs, to name just a few – that you cannot see or control?

The bad news is that it’s impossible to protect your organization for 100% against data breaches. Whenever you use computer systems to store valuable data, you are vulnerable. However, there are some measures you can implement to reduce the risk significantly…

Traditional 1.0 IGA solutions are strongly focused towards provisioning (access request, access approval, etc.). While there is no doubt that provisioning is an important matter, it takes a lot of time and quite some budget to get it up and running properly. And it’s only when the provisioning side of things is nearly completed, that traditional IGA solutions will finally start paying some attention to governance. And that’s quite an issue, as in recent years governance has become much more important than before…