SEGMENTECH is a Cyber-Security boutique professional services firm specializing in Identity Access Management (IAM) and Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions implementation, operations, and integration. SEGMENTECH operates in North America, with an HQ in Canada, an office in Jersey City, NJ, USA, and a LATAM extension.

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What is IAM, and Why Is it So Important?

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Identity and access management (IAM) defines and manages the roles and access privileges of individual network users and the circumstances in which users are granted or denied those privileges. IAM systems provide administrators with the tools and technologies to change a user’s role, track user activities, create reports on those activities, and enforce policies on an ongoing basis. IAM systems enforce best practices in credential management and can eliminate the risk that users will use weak passwords. They also ensure users frequently change and update their existing passwords. 

Even if we try very hard to keep our passwords secure, they sometimes can still be accessed. Many organizations have been searching for other methods of authentication to replace them. Have you ever heard of passwordless authentication? It is a new word in secure authentication for identity and access management (IAM) solutions. Passwords can sometimes be a weakness for consumers and corporate as they are the number one target for cyber criminals. Passwordless authentication is a type of multi-factor authentication (MFA), but it replaces passwords with a more secure form of authentication like a fingerprint or a PIN. When it comes to multi-factor authentication, two or more factors are required for verification when someone is logging in. Passwordless connections allow users to log in without the need to remember a password. Instead, users enter their mobile phone number or email address and receive a one-time code or link, which they can then use to log in.

Today, there are many threats that we can fix ourselves with a bit of knowledge and reliable security software. Identity Access Management is super important to have in place as IT managers can control user access to critical information and systems. A growing number of breaches are caused by insiders. IAM can limit the damage caused by malicious insiders by ensuring users only have access to the systems they work with and cannot escalate privileges without supervision. Systems used for IAM include single sign-on systems, two-factor authentication, multi-factor authentication, and privileged access management.  IAM is a framework of business processes, policies, and technologies that facilitates the management of electronic or digital identities. Also, having internet security software will help shield your organization from various online threats and cyberattacks.  Small businesses and startups are the most vulnerable to online attacks such as phishing, online fraud, email viruses, spam, and malware. IAM services can also help lower operating costs. Using federated identity services means you no longer need local identities for external uses. This makes application administration easier. Cloud-based IAM services can reduce the need to buy and maintain on-prem infrastructure.

Identity and access management also improve user experience by eliminating the need for users to remember and input multiple passwords to access different areas of the system. Users can enjoy automatic logins every time they move to a different connected system. IAM also allows users to access all interconnected systems, regardless of where they are physically located. This can be especially useful for large companies doing business globally, providing ease of access to employees, partners, and clients.

SEGMENTECH provides a wide range of services centered around Privileged Access Management & Identity Access Management. A successful Privileged Access Management (PAM) Program requires proper planning, best practices-based design, and the best-executed deployment. SEGMENTECH’s Security staff have experience and skills to build the right Privileged Access Management Program to fit your objectives, expected outcome, and budget. Our approach for PAM Programs goes beyond a simple vulnerability scan and technical cybersecurity solution.