Five Reasons Many Companies Struggle in Implementing Identity and Access Management Initiatives

These days, a lot of companies are looking to improve or automate processes while trying to cut administrative costs. cloud identity management or IAM is a significant component of the overall security strategy of every company. It refers to the integration of applications and identity repositories into centralised, manageable systems for authorisation, authentication, and reporting. But, implementing IAM is a real struggle for many companies. Here’s why:

They Don’t Take Time in the Pre-Planning Discovery Stage

In IAM implementation, discovery refers to planning out details of the implementation strategy or the resources that will work on the project.  Organisations must take time deciding what they want out of an IAM solution. They must determine what drives the project. Was it an audit, a reaction to a breach, or other events? In this phase, they need to identify their stakeholders and IAM goals as well as collaborate and decide on project goals.

They Depend Too Much on Vendor Best Recommendations

When installing IAM solutions, a lot of companies depend on the best recommendation of their chosen vendor. But, all vendors will think highly of their products. It’s important for every company to review their environment and what they expect of an IAM solution. They must focus on their goals and stick to them and avoid getting them swept under the rug because of sales pitches.

They Don’t Set Strategic Goals Early

Strategic goals must be set early and reviewed often. Establishing them early on lets business members see what they are getting into for IAM. The strategic goals must be agreed upon by business and technology. Revisiting them throughout the project is important because they may change as the company grows.

They Focus on Technology before Business Processes

 IAM is more than just technology. In fact, it is more aligned with businesses processes than technology. But, some companies have IAM initiatives that are heavily focused on products and automation with little focus on business processes. Unfortunately, this usually leads to dissatisfaction and inefficiencies. Over time, this can lead to the project being deemed a failure and the company has no other option but to rip and replace.

They Don’t Have the Right Team for the Job

Having the right team to implement an IAM initiative is more than just having the right skills and knowledge as well as the right organisational structure. It should also be about the availability of resources. The right people should be available to devote time and effort to the initiative.