the risk terminator

Artificial Intelligence & Identity Management: The Risk Terminator

SailPoint IdentityNow is the market-leading SaaS solution for Identity Governance and Administration. This blog will discuss some of the latest features of IdentityNow’s: AI Enablement. 

As tempting as it is for me to create a Schwarzenegger-esque comparison to IdentityNow’s new AI features, I’m not going to. I’m not going to tell you that AI will save the day as it’s lowered into molten steel with its virtual thumb up. It’s just not necessary. 

IdentityNow’s new AI features are cool enough on their own. In this article we explain why.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the next stage of evolution for Identity Governance and Administration (IGA). As compliance requirements become more stringent and organisations develop an ever-expanding suite of applications, the burden on IGA teams can feel like it’s exponentially increasing. We’ve seen examples all over the world where organisations have been fined eye-watering sums of money for breaches stemming from either accidental or willful negligence in handling private data. 

One requirement of developing a successful Identity Governance program is being able to continually review existing access. This can be done by managers, application owners or designated groups. What happens if the person reviewing the access isn’t sure exactly what having that access means? Granted in a perfect world this wouldn’t occur.  But this is an all-too-common occurrence. In addition, the sheer amount of access to review contributes to what we refer to as “certification fatigue” where decisions are rushed and inadequately assessed. The far reaching affects to your business are very real – and potentially very costly.

How AI can help 

IdentityNow’s new AI features pairs Machine Learning with your data to deliver increased transparency and efficiency to the inner workings of identity governance for administrators, security teams, and compliance and audit teams.  

AI can recognise patterns of access across accounts and automatically make recommendations for assigning or removing identity permissions. This is the core of SailPoint’s AI offering. The most important questions it answers are: 

  • Who has access?  
  • Should they have access? 
  • How is this access being used? 

The benefits of having this information at your fingertips can be staggering. Aside from the clear compliance wins, benefits include:

  • Complete transparency of access.
  • Identifying access outliers (permissions assigned to people that is considered ‘unusual’).
  • Empowered staff making informed decisions.

Approvers are less likely to experience certification fatigue as the AI learns and develops more logical recommendations, better role modelling and eventually automated approvals. All improving your team’s productivity and preventing costly breaches. 

What’s Next? 

There are 3 modular components to IdentityNow’s AI offering, and in upcoming articles “I’ll be back” with more in-depth information about each. Keep an eye out for Access Insights, Recommendation Engine (Judgement Day), and Access Modelling (Rise of the Machine). 

If you’re as excited as I am about IdentityNow’s AI Enablement features, and you’d like to know more, please, reach out. Assertiv Consulting are industry-leading specialists in SailPoint IdentityNow and are always happy to have an obligation-free discussion about your business needs. 

Nick is a Certified SailPoint IdentityNow Engineer & Partner Trainer with Assertiv Consulting. 

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