Identity Governance and Administration (IGA)

What is Identity Governance and Administration (IGA)?

Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) is a branch of Identity and Access Management (IAM) that refers to the security processes that govern and manage identities within an organization. A vital piece of today’s cybersecurity tech stack, IGA secures digital identities (human or machine), and automates application and data access so security teams can streamline processes, ensure compliance and reduce organizational risk. These solutions enable a host of functions including application and employee access provisioning, access reviews, role-based access, employee/contractor onboarding, lifecycle management, and tasks surrounding the separation of duties (SOD).

Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) in the Workplace

Why do companies need identity governance? In short, ongoing business transformation initiatives and remote work have changed the cybersecurity landscape, and identity has become the new security perimeter. As companies undergo digital transformation, it often becomes a catalyst for organizations to modernize their governance programs. Remote workers and reliance on third-party vendors and contractors is the new normal, but they introduce security risks. Meanwhile, IT ecosystems continue to grow with skyrocketing numbers of silicon identities (bots, loT, workloads) that expand the attack surface, while privacy regulations continue to evolve. 

Identity governance helps companies embrace the benefits of digital transformation and achieve regulatory compliance while ensuring that only the right people (or machines) have access to the right things at exactly the right time. When done right, IGA increases organization efficiency, improves security posture, and provides valuable insights about employee activity and needs.

IGA has become a foundational cybersecurity strategy for information security professionals because it provides a framework for companies to reduce risk and achieve compliance. It’s an area that provides operational management, integration, security, customization, and overall support for an enterprise IAM program. 

IGA brings together entitlement discovery, the decision-making process, and access review and certification with identity lifecycle and user provisioning. Inappropriate and outdated access to company resources is common across many enterprise IAM programs today, creating substantial risk. Comprehensive IGA programs can help identify and manage these risks and address compliance requirements.

Identity Governance and Administration (IGA)’s Business Impact

IGA solutions are a core component of a successful cybersecurity program with numerous business benefits. They lower operational costs, increase IT efficiency, help you manage compliance, and reduce overall risk.

Lower Operational Costs

Automating functions such as application provisioning, entitlement reviews and approvals, onboarding, and lifecycle management provides increased accuracy and promotes workflow efficiencies, productivity gains, and an improved security posture. Automating routine, manual, and time-consuming processes can significantly lower costs and allow personnel to focus on more significant projects or enhancements.

Reduce Risk & Improve Security Posture

Based on the premise of least privilege, IGA helps organizations meet Zero Trust security objectives, can provide visibility across all identities, human and machine, and help make risk-based decisions. They can help analyze usage and identify risky activities across all identities and environments. Automation reduces the risk of mistakes caused by manual processes that could result in increased risk due to such things as overprovisioning, undetected orphaned accounts, improper certification of access requests and changes, and separation of duty violations.

Achieve Continuous Compliance

The regulatory landscape continues to become more difficult to manage. IGA helps organizations quickly and effectively validate compliance or identify gaps needing remediation. Quality reporting easily provides auditors the information they need to verify compliance or show that needed remediation actions have been completed.

With Saviynt IGA, you can improve visibility, security, and governance across your organization.

Saviynt Identity Governance and Administration (IGA)

Saviynt simplifies IGA by increasing organizational agility through automation and intuitive workflows. We do this by offering an identity and access governance platform that unifies identity governance capabilities into a single cloud-based solution. The solution provides visibility, IT efficiencies, and improved internal controls, reducing the risk of compromised credentials and audit failures.

Saviynt IGA Capabilities Summary

Powered by a comprehensive identity warehouse and user experience to drive frictionless access, Saviynt Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) enables Zero Trust in your hybrid and multi-cloud environment by providing the following features:

Industry-leading cloud architecture

Governance for all human and machine identities – including third parties

Modern web interface, mobile app, browser plug-in, and ServiceNow app

Rapid application & identity onboarding with pre-built templates and discovery of unmanaged assets & applications

AI & ML-powered identity analytics identify risk and duplicate identities, and close access gaps

Actionable insights for identity management, compliance, and security via the Control Center

How does Saviynt’s IGA solution affect your bottom line? Forrester’s Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study examines the return on investment (ROI) organizations realize with the Saviynt Enterprise Identity Cloud. In this commissioned study, Forrester estimates that implementing Saviynt can save your organization $34.4M and achieve a 240% ROI over three years.

Questions People Often Ask About Identity Governance and Administration

What types of identities do IGA solutions govern and manage?

IGA solutions manage all digital identities, both human and machine-based. For human workers, roles are defined to govern the level of access based on job requirements, whereas machine-based identities include bots, loT devices, and workloads.

How can my organization reduce manual oversight fatigue?

Saviynt’s configure-not-code workflows embed enterprises’ risk tolerance into request, approval, and governance – reducing IT review fatigue. Saviynt’s intelligent access request automatically approves low-risk and escalates high-risk requests to improve security and reduce oversight.

How can my organization mitigate cross-application compliance?

Saviynt gathers access permissions from across your ecosystem, then correlates data inside an identity warehouse. With fine-grained entitlements, we provide visibility to secure disparate applications, alert organizations to Separation of Duties (SoD) violations, and suggest risk mitigation actions.

How can my organization accelerate application onboarding?

Saviynt’s RPA-style Identity Bot (iBot) connects disparate apps and automates user access – even without an integration protocol. iBot supports onboarding and management of web, CLI-based, and thick client-server applications to reduce manual work and improve governance.

Can IGA access controls improve regulatory compliance?

Yes. Access controls within IGA solutions can help your organization quickly achieve compliance. Saviynt’s Control Exchange provides an out-of-the-box control repository and a Unified Controls Framework cross-mapped to essential regulations, industry standards, platforms, and control types (including CIS, NIST CSF, etc.). Risk-aware certifications surface compliance issues, suggest remediation, and support exception documentation.

Can Saviynt integrate with other security solutions and improve visibility?

Saviynt integrates with key governance solutions, including SIEM and UEBA platforms, to enhance risk monitoring, add context, increase activity visibility, and add real-time remediation. The platform reduces time and staffing burdens that make compliance difficult.

Can an IGA solution accelerate the move to Zero Trust?

Yes. Moving towards zero trust requires adopting identity as your security perimeter, which is only possible with the right IGA solution in place. Saviynt offers a complete and flexible identity platform to enforce least privilege and enable access anywhere, at just the right time.

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