Identities are the new perimeter: why IAM is more important than ever

Identity and access management (IAM) is becoming increasingly important across all industries since it is a core element of IT security, dealing with one of the most prevalent vectors, the human identity.

Collaboration across multiple business units or companies has become part of daily work. The number of entities participating with one or several identities is growing fast, and the applications used are scattered across premises and cloud platforms. These circumstances render traditional approaches to managing identities and access points obsolete and require modern solutions. A lot of companies are bound to face considerable challenges on their path to a proper IAM, as they need to consolidate and synchronize all the relevant, identity-related data, implement a scalable IAM environment, deal with the human factor, which always presents an incalculable risk, and comply with current regulations, which are anything but set in stone.

With the right strategic approach and partners for its identity and access management, a user company is not only able to reduce the risk of identity theft or cut costs for hosting legacy IT solutions, it can also lay the foundations for the holistic harmonization of users’ access to the application landscape, providing valuable control.

Learn more about the background of IAM, current challenges and corresponding best practices regarding a modern IAM system in our new InSight Analysis.





I fully agree with the statement that identities are the new perimeter. We could extend this concept to the accesses too, particularly when they are remote for the increasing number of users accessing Corp. resources from distant places. However, the statement does not stack up in all markets. I just spent the past 5.5 years in Asia and rarely, if ever, stumbled on a major secuirty project where IAM was a key driver. Markets & their maturities differ greatly, and I have little doubt that IAM will pick up in Asia too. However, I do find it important to highlight that similar statements cannot be applied on a "one size fits all" with the assumption that globalisation has made all regions 100% alike.
@Nicolas Thank you very much for your insightful comment. You're totally right. The markets for IAM (and also PAM as well) solutions are highly diverse and even within the European Union, the maturity in each country couldn't be more different. Especially regarding a topic like IAM where the actual outcome highly depends on the regional required level of security (for instance due to new regulations), one size won't fit all, that's certainly true.