No one enjoys audits. Even the folks who work in Information Security who have this responsibility hate the process of pulling all the relevant information they need to get them done.
When your IGA and IAM systems are in perfect compliance, and your teams have worked hard to run them for your organization, it can be a major strain to pull data that is aggregated for the whole environment seamlessly, without wasting resource productivity on the task.
In organizations where Identity hasn’t been a key focus, this issue rears its head in the ugliest ways possible, usually resulting in some uncanny realizations about the need for future-proofed IAM.
Come audit time, the main questions that are asked of an Identity team is how they perform Governance of User Identities and accounts across systems. This includes a full breakdown of policies for the Identity Lifecycle, historical records of RBAC and ABAC, as well as the attestation workflows assigned to more privileged accounts and users. These questions can either be easily answered through reports from a feature-rich IGA system, or involve pulling records from multiple systems and manually merging data from emails, Service Tickets, Directory records, and more. A strong Identity Program takes audits in its stride and moves on with the day. These reports should take minutes to generate, not days.
Risk and Compliance Reporting
Risk Reporting is integral to building Administrative knowledge about your users first and foremost, and useful for audits when requested. Risk scoring and reporting allow for a consistent view of the users and accounts that possess the highest potential for threat and allows admins to act on those scores where necessary. This reporting also allows auditors to drive corporate policy on risk and its acceptance in your environment, taking the guesswork out of compliance.