By: Lawrence Dietz, Research Director, Sageza Group, Inc.
Published: 10th January 2008
Copyright Sageza Group, Inc. © 2008
SailPoint Technologies, Inc. has introduced its identity data quality tool designed to simplify and accelerate enterprise identity management and compliance initiatives. Available in December through SailPoint Alliance Network partners as a component of their identity management implementation services, the combined offering establishes a baseline of consistent, reliable identity data and prepares enterprises for successful identity management deployments such as role management, access certification automation, access policy enforcement and user provisioning.
SailPoint's identity data quality tool uses proprietary algorithms to correlate user identities across enterprise resources and simplifies correction of failed or partially failed correlations via a user-friendly graphical interface. After establishing a baseline of identity data, the tool identifies potential security risks such as terminated employees with active accounts, dormant user accounts, non-essential service and privileged user accounts and individuals with multiple user accounts for a resource. When the tool is combined with the best practices that SailPoint Alliance Network partners bring to these initiatives, organizations can accelerate delivery and lower the costs of identity management deployments while improving the reliability and accuracy of audit, verification and risk management.
Safeguarding the privacy of Personal Identifiable Information and Personally Identifiable Health Information will continue to be prime concerns of major end-user organizations. The hoopla surrounding the TJX compromise of PII for thousands of credit cards has served as legal and monetary honey attracting lawyers in a variety of state and federal actions, capping an array of data breaches in the private and public sectors. We believe that user organizations will turn to identity management (IDM) as a technological solution and evidence of their due diligence and concern. Many user organizations have shied away from implementing IDM due to the myriad problems associated with correlating user identities across the enterprise and due to a lack of tools to help operations personnel flag suspect activities.
Announcements such as this one by SailPoint may be hitting the market at an opportune moment as planning for calendar year 2008 moves into high gear. It is also comforting for us to note that SailPoint has given its partners prominent attention as the organizations actually responsible for delivering high value-added implementation and likely consulting services to end-user customers. We are also cautiously optimistic that pioneering efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense in employing their Combined Access Cards will trickle down into other sectors as a proof of concept for more aggressive IDM in large organizations.
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