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Imagine you work at a company preparing to issue its quarterly earnings report. The phone rings. It's bad news. A coworker has discovered that a former employee has been logging into the company's network for months. It's unclear whether the former employee has used this illicit access to make any buy-loss orders without proper authorization, but the damage has been done. The company is required to force the release through the business channels, halt its stock sales and make the dreaded phone call to the SEC alerting them to the possibility of insider trading. The company must announce its report before it's ready, and is forced to absorb any market blows that result. Who's watching the shop? Most of a company's line of business (LOB) or human resources (HR) leaders are not tasked with worrying about identity and access management (IAM); that is, the processes by w... (more)

The Marriage of Tech and Business… and How to Prevent a Divorce

Evolving regulatory compliance requirements can be a major headache for the IT teams responsible for identity and access management (IAM). Sarbanes Oxley, the wide range of privacy regulations and other federal requirements, have transformed IAM from a problem that keeps the chief information security officer up at night into a true business concern shared by all company executives. Knowing who has access to what information within your organization - and whether they should have that access - is a deceptively complex issue that has the potential to drive a wedge between even the... (more)