Budgeting, Planning & Forecasting

Budgeting, Planning & Forecasting

February 09, 2011

50 percent Of Organizations To Shift IAM Efforts To Intelligence by 2014

Around 50 percent of businesses will be shifting their identity and access management (IAM) efforts to a strategic focus on intelligence from a tactical focus on administration, according to Gartner (News - Alert). Notable project failures will be the primary cause for the shift.

“The need to limit costs and deliver real world business results is forcing IAM professionals to take a more strategic approach to IAM,” said Ant Allan, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement. “With this in mind, we have developed a set of key predictions for 2011 and beyond to aid chief information security officers (CISOs) and other IAM stakeholders when allocating resources and selecting IAM products and services.”

Identity and access intelligence (IAI) tools can deliver quick answers to business questions. Organizations that fail to implement IAM with IAI will experience delivery challenges as the business gives less emphasis on IT's need for operations efficiency and more thrust on the needs for accountability and reliability of access.

According to businesses, IAM vendors should provide their data models in identity and access event logs and repositories to review available data. A catalogue of IAI information should be developed that can benefit specific business intelligence use cases to deliver credibility to future IAM implementations.

 By 2013, less than 10 percent of all authentication events will involve discrete, specialized authentication hardware of any kind, according to Gartner. Organizations are increasingly considering alternative authentication methods that will enable them to meet improved security needs at lower cost.

Authentication vendors that focus on authentication hardware will find that they are competing in an increasingly niche market. Enterprise broad-portfolio authentication vendors offering alternative authentication methods will be best positioned to capitalize on enterprises' future investments in new authentication methods.

A ‘hybrid’ cloud-based IAM solution is defined as using enterprise-based IAM software and scalable service-based technologies integrated for cloud computing. Enterprise IAM implementations continue to be complex and cost-prohibitive to implement. Many organizations are seeking simpler implementation and extension strategies.

Recently Research and Markets announced the addition of Ovum’s Decision Matrix to help enterprises select the most appropriate IAM suite vendors. IBM, CA, Novell, and Oracle (News - Alert) dominate the high end of the market and are the top overall performers in Ovum’s Decision Matrix.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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