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Modernizing Your Identity Fabric

March 30, 2023

By Leah Livingston

Idenhaus attended one of the Gartner sessions titled, “Implementing a Modern Identity Fabric” led by Vadim Lander of Broadcom and Kanishak Varshney of Ameriprise. Identity management is now a critical role in organizations’ overall cybersecurity strategy. Broadcom and Ameriprise shared their tips and experiences in working towards a more modern IAM infrastructure setup. They covered topics like data analytics, microservices, AI, and scalability to provide a frictionless user experience.

Artificial Intelligence Enables Better Data Analytics

With the industry moving towards a passwordless future, and systems woven together like components of a cohesive structure, your IAM program needs to be architected in a way that’s comprehensive and measurable. A great way to do this is by adopting a business strategy that integrates with industry best practices and standards (i.e. SAML, SCIM, etc.). The goal is to reliably measure the efficacy of your solution, and understand from a data driven perspective how best to continuously evolve your program for present day needs. Without IAM fully integrated into your security program, you won’t be able to properly assess your level of risk. The great news is, with innovation in artificial intelligence, the ability to capture data more frequently and reliably, allows for larger analysis and a deeper understanding of your overall identity needs.

Achieve Scalability with Microservices

Microservices are becoming increasingly popular (i.e. sign-in capabilities happening in the background without the end user knowing about it). What are they generally? An architectural style that structures an application as a collection of services, enabling organizations to deliver large, complex processes rapidly, frequently, reliably, and for the long-term. An advantage is the uptake is vendor agnostic. This means you’re not tied to a specific vendor when implementing your IAM solution, but can weave a variety of tools together that fit your organization’s unique needs.

And keep in mind, the last thing you’re going to want to think about as your organization grows, is how to rearchitect your IAM architecture for each growth phase of the business lifecycle. Take time now to develop a business strategy, and architect a program that can grow with your organization. Taking the time upfront to plan can be more expensive on the frontend, but saves your business 10x that amount on the backend. The goal is to expect a multi-year approach, that follows a strategic roadmap.

In Conclusion

Businesses need to ensure their identity architecture is scalable, secure, and provides a seamless user experience. Integrating IAM with data analytics, machine learning, and scalable architecture will make your organization agile, easy to work with, and secure. Don’t forget, you can always talk to the cybersecurity experts at Idenhaus to learn how to modernize the identity fabric of your organization.

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