The Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) market has seen rapid growth in recent years and it is estimated to reach almost $6 billion by 2021. With more companies jumping onto the IGA bandwagon in 2020, it’s time to step up your IGA game and keep your company secure.

An effective IGA program establishes all user identities and their access privileges. This makes it easier to formulate access policies and ensure that all users are given only the necessary access levels. It’s important for users to be able to access just the files and tools relevant to their specific role. Access decisions are based on the user identity, which lays the foundation for security across an organization.

With user identities as the foundation of an IGA strategy, it’s easy to build access policies based on the user accounts; these policies can be modified based on the user’s group and OU memberships. Since passwords act as the key to your entire IT infrastructure, it’s important to start with implementing changes to users’ password policies.

Here are three password management best practices that can strengthen your IGA infrastructure:

  • Enable self-service password reset for end users: Empower users in your organization to reset their passwords or unlock their accounts for popular directory services such as Active Directory.

  • Implement stringent password policies: Employ password policies that ensure users set strong passwords.

  • Enforce two-factor authentication for logon: Add another layer of authentication to passwords, such as Google authenticator or RADIUS authentication for additional security.

 

If you’re an IT admin wanting to learn more about effective IGA strategies, grab this complimentary copy of our e-book that reveals three best security practices and the right third-party solutions to help you implement them in your organization!

Faheem Fathah
Product Consultant