Monday, June 16, 2008

Value Adding Security to the ROI of Identity Management

I just had the pleasure of reading this fantastic article by my friend and fellow blogger, Matt Flynn.

Matt has some fascinating thoughts on the future of provisioning where he submits that the future of provisioning must include detailed rights management and auditing. Having this infomation increases the Return on Investment (ROI) of a provisioning solution since increased rights management reduces security risk and therefore increases ROI.

I can't say that I disagree with these thoughts. The original goals of Identity Management (which Matt also covers in his article) focused on data accuracy and authoritative stores resulting in increased efficiencies and reduced support costs. Reducing security audit risks results in reduced fines and never having to spend money in cleaning up after a security breach.

It will be interesting to see how the Identity Management vendors and solutions react to these thoughts, but I think we'll see some quickly!
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