Identity and Access Management Key Initiative Overview for CIOs Gartner

This overview provides a high-level description of the Identity and Access Management Key Initiative. CIOs can use this guide to understand what they need to do to prepare for this initiative.

Identity and access management (IAM) is the security discipline that enables the right individuals to access the right resources at the right times for the right reasons.
IAM addresses the mission-critical need to ensure appropriate access to resources across increasingly heterogeneous technology environments, and to meet increasingly rigorous compliance requirements. This security practice is highly business-aligned, and in recent years, enterprises have come to recognize the value of centralizing IAM across the enterprise to improve security effectiveness, realize cost savings, increase operational efficiency and — crucially — deliver business value. CIOs must develop a comprehensive understanding of this area to help their enterprises develop mature IAM capabilities with the agility to support new business initiatives.
Consider These Factors to Determine Your Readiness
CIOs with enterprises preparing to develop IAM programs, or to improve the maturity of existing programs, should consider the following factors, which may vary significantly from enterprise to enterprise and from industry to industry:
  • Current IAM capabilities: A clear understanding of existing IAM capabilities will make it possible to identify IAM technology areas that require functional improvement.

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