What is identity intelligence?

Whitepaper on the strategic value of identity intelligence

Executive Summary

This whitepaper is written for CISOs, IT security & IAM professionals and others involved in - or merely interested in - cyber security and more specifically identity management. Identity intelligence is not limited to any organizational size, structure or industry. 

These days there are two main forces - or one could call them challenges - that drive the demand for more visibility in and control over identities and their accesses. On the one hand, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to maintain visibility of rapidly moving users across an abundance of applications, on-premise as well as in the cloud. On the other hand, cyber criminals are orchestrating more, in volume, and more sophisticated attacks. Moreover, both the amount and importance of data - including sensitive and personally identifiable information (PII) - is increasing. And I probably don’t have to tell you that there are many costly consequences of compromised data. All this combined leads us to the conclusion that identity management is crucial for all organizations out there. However, without proper identity intelligence that’s easier said than done.

For companies that want to start implementing dedicated identity management solutions, it is often difficult to know where to begin. For companies who already have implemented established identity management systems it is often difficult to use that system to its full potential. In both cases it is a proper understanding of the risks and crucial insights to take action that are missing. The main reason to adopt an identity intelligence solution is exactly that: you can’t manage what you can’t measure. 

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