Tomorrow, April 11 marks World Identity Day. This day serves as an annual reminder to increase awareness and education for leaders, IT decision-makers and the general public on the importance of identity management. In this digital age, identity management and security is more important than ever. We spoke with our blog volunteers to get their insights into what best practices their companies are following, along with how you can get on a path to better identity management.
Why is identity management and security important in 2023? It is essential to safeguard against the growing cyber risks posed by phishing and social engineering attacks utilizing AI. These attacks have become more complex and challenging to detect, leading to increased instances of data breaches, account takeovers, and impersonation attacks. A robust identity security framework is essential to ensure the protection of personal information and prevent financial loss, reputational damage, and legal implications for individuals and organizations.
In general, do you feel identity management best practices are being discussed enough at the leadership level? Our volunteers agree that identity management and policies around it should and need to be driven by top-level management to promote organizational buy-in. Training should take place throughout the year and should align with the regulations, standards, frameworks and governance of the organization.
How does your organization provide employees with identity management education? Companies use in-house products of identity manager and access manager, onboarding training and corporate self-paced training to ensure adherence to standards. Further, face-to-face knowledge sharing with demonstrations, batch training, security awareness programs and online/virtual trainings/webinars are also important.
What identity management best practices do you find help keep your organization secure? Privileged Administration Management, MFA, logging and monitoring of login activities, user behavior analytics, user education and awareness, identity verification and validation, strong authentication, RBAC and regular review of user access privileges are some of the key best practices.
• Identity management and security is essential in the digital age to protect against cyber risks posed by AI.
• Identity management best practices should be driven by top-level management and training should take place throughout the year.
• Companies use in-house products and trainings to ensure adherence to standards.
• Privileged Administration Management, MFA, logging and monitoring of login activities, user education and awareness, identity verification and validation, strong authentication, RBAC and regular review of user access privileges are some of the key best practices.