PRIDES of Digital Transformation – Part 4

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I – is for Identity.  As you adopt and implement new computing platforms inside and outside your firewall – you will need to have a consistent and managed identity governance model. 

PRIDES of Digital Transformation:  What you need to solve for when you undertake a Digital Transformation Initiative.  P=Protection … R=Resourcing … I=Identity … D=Data … E=Experience … S=Security.

I – is for Identity.  As you adopt and implement new computing platforms inside and outside your firewall – you will need to have a consistent and managed identity governance model. 

Simply having the governance and ability to understand and manage the application and data access across your employee base is a difficult undertaking.  Digital Transformation will complicate that need with more data and more applications across hybrid architectures that include platforms over which you have little to no control.  Being able to manage one employee identity across all of the hybrid platforms is necessary for governance but also can provide a much friendlier set of credentials for each employee (like single sign-on for example). 

Digital Transformation initiatives will frequently introduce individuals who are not your employees to the security and identity equation.  Customers, consumers, and partners are some of the groups that may need to have access to your hybrid platforms.  This new complexity creates the need for ‘Context Awareness’ for any specific access.  Context Awareness is mandatory in the future state of your Digital Transformation initiatives where users own a variety of devices and work from locations all over the world.  Depending on the device, location, and other factors, the access risk varies.  Enterprise Security can no longer treat a user the same all the time.  To optimize your Enterprise’s Security Risk Profile context of the Identity, device, location needs to be considered. 

An effective Identity and Access Management solution will mitigate risk, control user and privileged access, govern identities and secure data.  The solution will need to be able to manage every potential different type of Identity in every use case of access in your future state.

The goal is to get to low-risk and high-agility.  Many times, we have seen those two objectives in conflict with each other.  One key enabling capability that will reduce the tension between low-risk and high-agility is a comprehensive and effective Identity and Access Management Strategy and Framework that is backed up by a quality technology fabric that provides the features and functionality.

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