CHATSWORTH, Calif., Feb. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Identity Management Institute has published the Critical Risk Domains™ (CRD) for the Certified Identity Governance Expert (CIGE)® designation. CIGE is the first and leading registered identity governance certification designed to promote a lifecycle framework for the authority of the identity management field and related functions.
Identity and Access Governance (IAG) provides the link between Identity and Access Management (IAM) rules and the policies within a company to protect systems and data from unauthorized access, streamline processes, reduce risk, and ensure compliance with the appropriate requirements.
Threats and Risks
Between the development of new technologies and a growing reliance on the insights offered by big data, enterprise security is becoming more complex every day. Employees use a variety of devices to access data from diverse locations, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating webs of connectivity with unprecedented scope. The adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning further complicates security, giving rise to the need for detailed programs addressing Identity and Access Management.
Access to data, systems and devices requires the protection provided by a comprehensive combination of IAG and IAM policies and procedures. As companies continue to adapt to changing technologies and look forward to what may come in the future, it's essential for organizations to prepare for the inevitable security challenges.
Identity and Access Governance is the centralized oversight of user identity management and access controls based on established policies. In clearer terms, it may be described as "the establishment and management of policies, processes and accountabilities" to create roles and entitlements related to information access and manage access approvals and requests. Identity and Access Governance helps to standardize enterprise identity information and works together with IAM to create a comprehensive framework for mitigating risks while allowing companies to achieve their objectives with a minimal amount of hindrance.
Governance tends to be overlooked when businesses seek to implement IAM programs, leading to confusion, poor access controls, difficulty enforcing policies and the accumulation of bad data. The primary purpose of IAG is managing risks and ensuring compliance in a consistent, efficient and effective manner. Governance goes beyond basic compliance and access control to provide a method for overseeing and implementing the tactical aspects of IAM including:
Establishing user identity;
Controlling access to information, data and applications;
Monitoring and auditing user activities; and
Managing enterprise-level risk.
Identity Governance Expertise
Professionals who set the rules for identity and access management within organizations can benefit by becoming a Certified Identity Governance Expert®. The CIGE designation demonstrates the knowledge and skills of the IMI members who hold the designation which is awarded to qualified professionals who set the rules at the highest levels of their organizations for addressing the growing societal and organizational concerns regarding privacy, security, customer expectations, identification and authentication, as well as regulatory and contractual compliance, and efficient IT and access management processes to name a few.
Learning to assess risks and apply the proper identity and access governance rules gives certified professionals the knowledge and control they need to manage data security at the enterprise level. Certified Identity Governance Expert® (CIGE) professionals are capable of defining and effectively communicating why identity governance is critical for their organizations. They understand good governance benefits and can see the big picture as well as the evolving identity risk landscape. They are also capable of proposing and implementing an identity governance lifecycle framework which helps their organizations meet the established identity management objectives.