Guide to a Successful IAM Assessment

An IAM (Identity and Access Management) solution cannot remain static. This is because the factors that threaten it are always dynamic. These include bad actors seeking new vectors, eager to pounce upon the slightest gap in your perimeters. Then, there’s emergent technologies which improve your competitors’ offerings while leaving yours in the dust. And, of course, dreaded application and identity sprawl which renders your architecture more unwieldy than a sedated humpback whale. To even consider an overhaul to your aging systems, you need a clear view of its current state. You need an IAM assessment.

An IAM assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of a company’s current IAM processes, systems, and technologies. Whether an enterprise leverages internal IT staff or reaches out to third-party experts, the objective remains the same. The goal of the assessment is to identify areas for improvement. It then provides recommendations for enhancing the overall security and efficiency of the IAM system.

What is involved in an IAM Assessment?

The following are some of the key components involved in your identity assessment. An IAM expert at Simeio will meet with you to determine which areas are relevant to your needs.

Requirements gathering – We gain an understanding of your business goals, current IAM processes. This allows us to identify any pain points or challenges with the current system.

Review of current systems and technologies – We conduct an in-depth review of the current IAM infrastructure. This includes identity stores, access controls, and security policies.

User access review – This involves reviewing user access permissions and identifying any potential security risks or areas for improvement.

Process and policy review – Simeio will review current IAM processes and policies. We then identify areas for improvement or changes that need to be made.

Technical assessment – A technical assessment of the current IAM infrastructure. This includes the systems and technologies used for identity and access management.

Recommendations and action plan – Based on the findings from the assessment, Simeio will provide recommendations for improving the IAM system. We then draft an action plan for implementing these recommendations.

An assessment is an important step for companies looking to enhance their IAM processes and improve their overall security posture. By identifying areas for improvement and providing recommendations, your assayer can draft a roadmap towards IAM maturity. This helps your company better manage user access, secure your data, and protect your systems.

Why is an IAM Assessment Important for my Company?

Improving security – Assessments help identify potential security risks and vulnerabilities in a company’s current IAM processes and systems, and provide recommendations for improving security.

Enhancing efficiency – Identity assessments can help streamline and optimize IAM processes, reducing administrative overhead and improving efficiency.

Compliance – An assessment can help ensure that your organization’s IAM processes and systems comply with industry regulations. These standards include GDPR, HIPAA, NERC CIP, and others.

Reducing risk – An assessment can help identify and mitigate potential risks associated with user access and identity management. This reduces the risk of data breaches, unauthorized access, and other security incidents.

Improving user experience – Assessments help improve the overall user experience through streamlining. This optimizes IAM processes, reduces wait times, and improves access to resources.

Future planning – An assessment can provide valuable insights and recommendations into the right IAM strategy. These include future planning and investments, staying ahead of the curve, and preparing for future growth and expansion.

How Long does an IAM Assessment Take?

The length of an assessment depends on several factors, including the size and complexity of the company’s IAM systems and processes, the scope of the assessment, and the specific goals and objectives of the assessment.

On average, an assessment can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete. For smaller companies with a relatively simple IAM infrastructure, an assessment may take just a few days. For larger companies with complex IAM systems, an assessment may take several weeks or even months to complete.

The length of an IAM assessment also depends on the specific goals and objectives of the assessment. For example, perhaps the goal of your assessment is to simply identify potential security risks and vulnerabilities. In this case, the assessment may be completed more quickly than if the goal is to provide a comprehensive evaluation. If the goal is to fully evaluate your system’s security, efficiency, and overall performance, expect a longer time to completion.

In general, the length of an assessment will depend on the specific needs and goals of the company, and the complexity and scope of the IAM systems and processes. It’s important to work with an experienced IAM consultant or vendor to determine the appropriate length of the assessment, and to ensure that the assessment provides the information and insights needed to improve the overall security and efficiency of the IAM system.

Why Simeio is the Right Choice for an Identity Assessment

Choosing the right consultant or vendor for your Identity and Access Management assessment is an important decision that can impact the success of your IAM program.

Simeio is the world’s largest single-source provider of Identity and Access Management services. A team of experts specialized in identity management, we are protecting more than 160 million identities and leading our client’s digital transformation journey securely.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed: Every Simeio IAM implementation has been a success. Not a lot of IAM providers can say that, but we can, and we’re proud of it.

A Recognized Leader in IAM Services: Leading analysts including Gartner Forrester and KuppingerCole recognize Simeio as a leader in IDaaS (Identity as a service).

From our approach, to our end-to-end capabilities and services, to our IAM talent pool, Simeio is equipped to assess your needs and provide the proper IAM solutions for success.