Employees are faced with fast-moving deadlines, demands for higher productivity and multiple work devices and logins to manage. To make life easier, they want user-friendly interfaces to applications, remote access and uptime — all the time. This is great as long as everything goes according to plan. What happens when we grant the wrong access?

According to a recent global security survey, 73 percent of those surveyed experienced a data breach in the past 12 months. In today’s world, a secure identity and access management (IAM) strategy must move from being a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have” for organizations. It’s a mistake to think of IAM strategies as one-off projects. Instead, it must be a long-term initiative, with checks and balances to continuously add or refresh integrations and optimize processes.

Building a secure identity and access foundation that provides dynamic security controls will reduce costs and compliance issues down the road. Automation, compliance and access are all key components to cutting cost, proving compliance and ensuring that employees have access only to the data they need to do their jobs.

Effective IAM is a long-term undertaking that must be supported by a strategy focused on security. Start with a plan and use automated, integrated solutions that collaborate to connect provisioning, compliance and audit, as well as ensure that users have only the access they need to do their jobs. To learn more about effective IAM strategies, read our ebook, IAM for the Real World.

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