Best Practices To Manage Identity Lifecycle


Whenever a new employee, user, partner, or contractor joins a company, their IT team needs to create a new account for them manually to give them enough access to carry on with their daily tasks.

These privileges include permission to access different devices, applications, and platforms associated with that company. All these need to be done without causing any security risks to keep the company’s data safe.

Every digital identity using the resources of your business should be kept in check. An identity lifecycle ensures that those identities have the right access for the right span of time. From the day being hired to the day, the employee leaves the company, every aspect of IAM is managed by identity lifecycle management.

The IT team needs to make sure that all data and resources of the company are safe even when going through constant changes in technology. For doing so, they must follow some of the best practices to manage the identity lifecycle.

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1. Use of smart provisioning:

Assigning access depending on roles and attributes of identity makes the process of granting access a lot more secure and easy. When a role is already assigned with all the necessary access required to carry out the tasks easily, a new employee can be assigned to that role without reallocating the privileges for them.

An automated system for allocating access to new employees reduces manual labor and gets rid of any human error that might result in any potential security risks.

2. Multifactor Authentication:

Multifactor is one of the most common and important things that every identity access management system has. To make sure that always the real user accesses their account, always make sure to use multifactor authentication on login.

This keeps away any unusual activities and keeps the account secure even if the login credentials are leaked somehow.

3. Keep privileged accounts updated:

An account with high privileges can have access and control over many data and settings of your system. So, they always need to be in check. When any employee with a privileged account has to change their responsibility, maybe they won’t need the previous privileges anymore.

In such a situation, you must keep those accounts updated and give them only required access, no extra privileges than they really need to get their daily tasks done.

4. Keeping everything updated:

Mid-sized to large businesses have many apps, platforms, and devices to manage. Updating provisions all across the apps and devices require too much manual labor. That’s why looking for a centralized solution through which all access can be provisioned across all apps, platforms, and devices.