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IAM Tools: Reviews of IBM, CA, Oracle

Does Your Business Need To Think About IAM?IAM

Identity and Access Management tools (IAM tools for short) is a critical ingredient for bringing efficiency and security to your business. It enables all the right people to access the important information they need quickly; and, possible even more significantly, it denies other individuals access if they are not authorized to view such data.

The issue has become increasingly more complex with the introduction of multiple devices and environments used to access and share the same data. With so many identities and tools attempting to retrieve information, it can be difficult to control the security of these sensitive files. By denying access to most people through the strictest procedures, developers are suffocating the workflow and causing major damage to deadlines and deal closures since the right people cannot get their files when they need them. And this is when IAM steps in to alleviate these all too common business issues. A properly managed system, on the other hand, will allow even the newest users of the system to learn how to manage it quickly and with speed.

IAM & Modern Technology

With so many different people in different countries using various devices and services to access your information, it seems apparent that a business would require some form of Identity and Access Management. When you add in the cloud element to all of this, you quickly realize the necessity to utilize these tools in order to keep your information secure at all times, regardless of who, what, where, when or why somebody is trying to call up the current information.

The Future of IAM

The future of IAM rests in the hands of the developers. Some major leaders in this field of technology include Oracle Identity Manager, IBM IAM and CA’s Identity Manager and Access Control software. Many of our users prefer the Oracle model because it provides plenty of flexibility in terms of creating customized access policies for different types of users. Even users who enjoy working with the IBM services found the TIM to be difficult to manage. On the other hand, while not as well known to the industry, CA is gaining in popularity with beneficially features such as a data scrambler that jumbles the file information when a hack is attempted.

Does your company use an IAM solution? Which one? Please share your experience with the IT Central Station security and risk community. Welcome to the conversation!

Danielle Felder

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