Contextual Awareness: Advancing Identity and Access Management to the Next Level of Security Effectiveness
The primary focus of modern identity and access management (IAM) practices is to responsibly enable user authorizations for utilizing enterprise applications, data, and IT services in a manner that meets enterprise security requirements while minimizing impacts on end-user productivity. However, carefully maintaining a balance between high-security and low-friction access controls requires solutions that conditionally apply authentication processes that are appropriate to each access event. The collection of contextual information surrounding each access event—including details about users, devices, running software, network conditions, IT resource hosting environments, and the sensitivity of the data being accessed—is foundational to enabling authentication and other IAM processes to dynamically adapt to changing requirements in real time.
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