In this digital age, businesses are exposed to malicious attacks online. Malware can seriously damage any business. However, the true digital danger lies in identity. When hackers possess your employee credentials, they can leak proprietary or consumer data, collect funds, and disrupt critical business processes. This is the reason your company must invest in identity and access management or IAM systems and strategies.
Below are some important IAM tips your business can consider:
Optimising IAM Workflow
This workflow refers to any series of operations that a business enacts to manage identities across the network. Such operations might include bringing new identities in, changing the internal permission, and terminating identities. To optimise your IAM workflow, you need to decide on how you define optimisation when it comes to theft and access management. Do you want to have accurate and efficient workflows? If so, your best option might be to automate your workflows. To alleviate some of the complexities and cost in your IAM, consider limiting the team’s automated processes.
Enforce Automatic Password Resets with 2 Factor Authentication
Let your employees retrieve their passwords automatically, through automated processes. This will take some of the burdens off your help desk staff’s shoulders. Deploy a 2-factor authentication solution to make sure the reset requests of your employees are valid.
Keep Your Employees Informed
Remember that your employees are your biggest attack vendor. That is why you must ensure they treat their credentials with the utmost care to make the most of your optimisation efforts. Thus, you must educate them to recognise phishing campaigns, use 2-factor or multifactor authentication, and develop strong passwords. More importantly, get them involved in protecting your company data. This can be done by making IAM best practices a part of your regular employee reviews. Or you can give rewards to employees who can catch a forwarded spearphishing email and alert the cybersecurity team.
But, you need to ensure the end-experience is not very complicated as to turn off your own people. Your workplace education will only work if the policy is easy to understand and follow. Start by surveying your employees to determine where your company’s IAM policies are causing undue stress. This allows you to make necessary adjustments to ensure your policies can be easily implemented and adapted. Also, you must regularly evaluate the IAM solutions your company uses. Assess their ability to protect your employees and company and eliminate outdated solutions.