Identity and access management (IAM) solutions are focused on managing the identities of users and offering logical access to the application estate of your organization. Initially, IAM systems were implemented to establish access permissions and privileges into applications. But, as the application portfolio expands, such establishment has resulted in ab increase in administrative overheads, several passwords from users, and reduced security.
In order to counter these problems, it becomes vital to centralize use stores and deploy a centralized IAM program. However, some organizations rush to implement such a solution and end up with projects that fell behind schedule. To make sure your organization does not have the same experience, avoid the following mistakes when deploying an IAM solution:
Not Having Clear and Realistic Goals
To ensure a successful IAM program implementation, the IT architectural vision must be based on clear business goals. Also, it is important to understand the solution breadth.
Not Completely Evaluating Infrastructure Components
When deploying IAM solutions, it is important to complete risk assessment, have comprehensive infrastructure planning, verify compatibility with existing IT systems, and account for technology trends. Otherwise, your business will have to deal with a lot of related issues.
Failing to Plan the Implementation
Your IAM system deployment can only be successful when you consider the customer identity management program as part of the overall IT strategy of your organization. This will help present your business departments from implementing discrete IAM solutions which will only make consolidations unnecessarily complex.
Failing to Properly Choose IAM Products
The capability of your chosen IAM product must be aligned with your overall business goals. Otherwise, the product will be non-scalable when your business adapts.
Not Paying More Attention to Integration Testing
It is imperative to keep an eye on the regression and integration testing efforts of your IAM solution, together with integrated IT systems. If you ignore this, you cannot assure the secure functioning of your application estate.
Failing to Define the Post-Production Stage
You need to define the post-production stage with users’ roles and responsibilities. This must be considered as part of your IAM project plan to avoid impairing the smooth transition of the solution to the end-user community.
Not Educating Users
Often, users do not know the extent of the implemented IAM solution. That is why you need to educate them on the capabilities of the solution to ensure they can do their work more efficiently.