How mature is your Identity Security strategy?

Discover the Identity Security market trends and key insights from global research conducted by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). Learn about the four tenets that determine the maturity of your organization’s Identity Security strategy and how to level up.

A 360° Approach to Identity Security

Four tenets to help your organization build a complete Identity Security strategy

There is a goldmine of overprivileged and under-secured human and machine identities with access to critical assets and resources. A holistic, risk-based Identity Security strategy based on least privilege is a foundational part of securing the IT environment. This approach is also imperative to thwart identity-based attacks, increasing the organization’s cyber resilience.

Identity Security Tools

Identity Security tools span management, privileged controls, governance, authentication and authorization for all types of human and machine identities.


Integration of Identity Security tools across IT and security solutions is a must to secure access to all corporate assets and the entire IT estate.


Automation ensures continuous compliance with policies, industry standards and regulations, enabling rapid responses to high-volume routine and anomalous events.

Continuous Threat Detection and Response

Continuous threat detection and response provides organizations with a solid understanding of baseline identity behaviors to better react to anomalous activity.


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The Identity Security Maturity Levels

ESG surveyed 1,500 identity-related security experts across 16 countries to explore the business goals that drive organizational alignment and technology adoption.
What did they find? A significant correlation between the completeness of the four tenets and Identity Security maturity. Organizations on an Identity Security journey generally fall one of into four maturity levels.

Level 1 – Novice

Novice organizations invest in fewer Identity Security tools and severely lag in integration and automation them across their environment. These organizations generally lack the ability to mitigate identity-related risks in a timely manner.

A third of Novice organizations have been victims of multiple successful identity-related attacks in the last 12 months. Our research implies that nearly 40% of Novice organizations likely do not have the ability or capability to determine that they have suffered an identity-related attack.

Level 2 – Aspiring

Aspiring organizations deploy and integrate a broader swath of Identity Security tools to bridge existing gaps. They are strategically focused on automating the tools and centralizing visibility and control.

In the next 12 months, Aspiring organizations are concerned about lack of real-time visibility across their enterprises and the greater possibility of cloud attacks in multi-cloud environments. They are proactively investing in cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM) and multifactor authentication (MFA) capabilities.

Level 3 – Maturing

Maturing organizations have invested in nearly all required Identity Security tools, which are largely integrated and automated. These organizations prioritize improving continuous threat detection and response capabilities.

Misuse of privileged accounts and fraudulent accounts were the two main reasons that caused Maturing organizations to suffer from successful identity-related attacks. These organizations are focused on securing endpoint privileges and customer identities in the next 12 months.

Level 4 – Transformative

Transformative organizations are strategic and purpose-driven in their investments in Identity Security. These organizations have a well-rounded focus on integrating and automating Identity Security tools and have robust continuous monitoring capabilities across their environments, enabling quick responses to cyberattacks.

Transformative organizations are nearly three times more likely to mitigate risk in a timely manner and are nearly five times more likely to respond to an audit request in less than an hour than Novice organizations.

Outcomes of a 360° Identity Security Approach

An organization’s Identity Security maturity depends upon its ability to take a holistic approach to securing identities with intelligent privilege controls at the center. In the face of constant change, this approach ensures effective cyber resilience while driving business goals as well as adopting the latest technologies.
Assess the maturity of your organization’s Identity Security strategy and follow the recommendations to level up. Download the latest Identity Security Maturity Model report to learn more about our findings.

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