The whole point of technology is to help people do their jobs better so that the organization can achieve its business objectives – whether that be profits ad revenue, serving constituents, or changing the world. So in an ideal world every person would have unlimited access to everything, they would all be entirely trustworthy and capable, and would only do the right things with the stuff they have access to. But the word is far from perfect … that’s why we have things like authentication, authorization, and identity administration (the key ingredients of identity and access management) to ensure that people only get to the stuff they are supposed to get to and to attempt to enforce a level of control over what they do with that stuff.

And the principle of doing all of those things right is called governance. And governance is hard, particularly when it is forced on an existing IAM project (often as an afterthought). Many governance projects fail to deliver the promised value, struggle to get off the ground, or become so bloated in execution that the return-on-investment is nonexistent.

But there are organizations that have gotten governance right and actually realized the value they were after. I’ve seen four common themes that run through these governance successes and detailed them in a new eBook called Governance the Elusive Last Mile of IAM,

The four components of a successful governance program are:

  1. Start with the operational activities that control access
  2. Get provisioning right
  3. Move as much into the hands of the business as possible
  4. Use a unified approach that covers users, data, and privileged accounts

So governance is possible, even when it wasn’t designed in from the start. You just have to focus on the basics and the holistic approach that doesn’t treat it as an add-on but rather as a theme that influences everything else. This eBook may just be the first step on your journey towards successful governance.

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To see this approach in action (provisioning, business-centric, unified, and operationally efficient governance) look into One Identity manager. Check out the virtual trial of One Identity Manager.

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