What Is Identity Access Management?

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Identity access management is an integral part of an organization’s arsenal of security tools. TechTarget defines IAM as a “framework for business processes that facilitates the management of electronic identities. The framework includes the technology needed to support identity management.” In simpler terms, IAM is about enabling the right individuals to access the right resources at the right times for the right reasons.

Most organizations realize the value of IAM and are driven to adopt it due to regulations like HIPPA and SOX. With the more stringent government rules, companies are held accountable to document and prove how their data is accessed and managed. At the same time, IT wants to provide their company’s employees smooth access to the hardware and applications they need to do their job.

What sounds easy is actually very challenging to implement. Many companies don’t realize their IAM is out of control until one of the following occurs:

  • Security incident caused by an insider with excessive privileges 
  • Security incident caused by a former employee who still has access rights 
  • An external auditor or regulator discovers lapses in IAM processes, resulting in too many people having access to too many roles and systems 

“It is difficult for organizations to implement IAM, because resources are spread across heterogeneous environments and business processes aren’t set up adequately,” said Davitt Potter, Sr. Engineering Manager, Arrow ECS Security. “Organizations need to deal with cloud-based systems, mobile applications and BYOD. IAM requires IT to have both technical skills and the skills to understand business processes.”

Grand View Research estimates that the IAM market will be $24.55 billion by 2022. They also estimate that cloud-based and hybrid solutions will extend their footprints in the industry with enhanced security and minimized error rate features. On-premises IAM will lose considerable share. Grand View Research also points out that “On-premises infrastructure uses traditional in-house data centers that completely controls security patches and software updates. However, security breaches due to unauthorized physical access cannot be detected by this technology. On the other hand, cloud hosting companies protect customers and alert them immediately which would positively favor demand for cloud and hybrid solutions.”

“As an Arrow solution provider, you have the opportunity to participate in this growth market by leveraging the many resources available to you,” stated Potter. “Using these resources, you can help your customers establish a comprehensive, secure and compliant enterprise.”

With Arrow’s Empower Secure Enterprise, you have access to proven leading technologies to help protect your customers’ businesses. In addition, Arrow’s Solution Practice Leaders are well versed in the data center security market opportunity and supplier solutions. They can provide the business planning expertise you need to leverage this opportunity and help build your practice.

If you would like additional information about the IAM market or how you can kick start a security practice, please contact your Arrow representative.


Last modified: November 26, 2019