Identity and Access Management - a future organizational challenge

Identity and Access Management

A new study, based on the survey of 202 information technology, security and business executives, provides valuable insights into how IT decision makers view IAM and its role in transforming their businesses.

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It is Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC), sponsored by KPMG International, and KPMG Alliance partners CyberArk and SailPoint that has released the European study entitled Identity and Access Management (‘IAM’) in the Digital Age.

Identity and Access Management as an integral component of digital enablement strategies

As the role of digital transformation has increased in criticality for businesses all over the world, digital identity has become a topic of importance at the executive level, with discussions often taking place at the board level.

As enterprises search for the right balance between security, user experience and a choice of digital channels that can be leveraged for efficient delivery of every day services, IAM is not only the first line of protection against cyber risks within the identity perimeter but it is also an integral component of digital enablement strategy. The identity issue is not about technology but also about lack of training and understanding around IAM processes and governance: this makes it an organizational challenge — usually requiring cultural change — that must be tackled holistically, not just by the IT department.

The study has underlined a number of recurring themes related to adoption of IAM, including training and enablement while flagging up emerging risks like the proliferation of Shadow IT with the adoption of cloud based services.

Research shows a significant awareness among European senior IT decision makers of the need for IAM solutions:

  • Almost half (48 percent) have emphasized that threat and breach mitigation is a pre-requisite for digital transformation.
  • Two thirds (65 percent) identified Shadow IT as a challenging development to the consistent implementation of IAM controls.
  • Nine out of ten (92 percent) will increase investments in IAM in the next 3 years.
  • Two thirds (65 percent) see consumer identities and applications as a factor in their next IAM investment.
  • Lack of control over third party and contingent identities come second to the lack of training and understanding of IAM Policies as the most likely cause of IAM related breaches in the future.

To further explore the results, download the report or view the infographic, visit kpmg.com/digitalage.

KPMG and Identity and Access Management: Nordic and worldwide

IAM has a key position in KPMG’s cyber security service offerings, and KPMG has invested significantly in enhancing our capability in this field – through training, selective recruitment, acquisitions and strategic alliances.

In the Nordics, KPMG can count on more than 40 IAM specialists, located primarily in Norway and Finland. Our consultants assist in the selection, design, development, and operation of IAM solutions based on leading products in the field. Our Norwegian specialists have led and developed several IAM implementations for clients in the finance, insurance, energy and IT Service Management sectors, and we are strongly commited to this field.

In 2015 KPMG has acquired the Finnish IAM firm Trusteq, and can also count on strategic alliances with amongst others CyberArk and SailPoint. KPMG also has collaborative relationships with leading IAM implementation firms throughout Europe. These alliances will allow us to diversify and strengthen our service offerings and continue to help our clients with their IAM challenges.

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