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Contextual Awareness: Advancing Identity and Access Management to the Next Level of Security Effectiveness

September 21, 2020

To assist organizations with making actionable decisions on the adoption of contextually-aware platforms, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) conducted primary, survey-based research on the current requirements, use, and outcomes of utilizing contextually-aware identity and access management (IAM) solutions.

The resulting report, which Idaptive has co-sponsored – Contextual Awareness: Advancing Identity and Access Management to the Next Level of Security Effectiveness[1] – shares the fascinating results and provides useful information on contextual awareness and its importance in enabling secure access.

"Contextual awareness has a part to play in just about every modern security approach. However, an argument can be made that its most essential and valuable role is in support of identity and access management (IAM). IAM is the first line of defense in enterprise security because it is the doorway through which access is granted to all enterprise IT resources."[2]

One of the most interesting of the key findings: Roughly 90% of survey respondents whose organizations employ contextually-aware automation in IAM processes indicated they could quantify specific IT management improvements, including reduced management time, costs, and efforts.

Security and IT professionals alike should read this report to learn more about contextual awareness, and how to take their IAM system to the next level of security effectiveness.

[1] EMA, Contextual Awareness: Advancing Identity and Access Management to the Next Level of Security Effectiveness, Steve Brasen, March 2020

[2] From the report, page 3, "Applying Contextual Awareness to Enable Secure Access"

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