Adaptive Access Harmonizes Security and User Experience

This year, more than any other, may have IT teams nostalgic for the days when cybersecurity was simpler. Remember when employees worked in the office and your organization mostly relied on applications available in your data center?

While you might be looking back fondly, we all know that the remote-access genie is out of the bottle.

Much of your organization’s data, applications and corporate resources are likely in the cloud—whether yours or a third party’s—or making the move soon. The rush of demand for remote access that required security measures be fast-tracked has slowed, but remote access is now the new normal.

Many of the workers who left the office won’t be moving back. This means IT teams now need to refocus their security strategy to provide the same level of security for remote access as for corporate locations and devices. If your organization is new to remote work, this can come with additional concerns from leadership about enabling employees to keep productivity as high as possible.

Adaptive access can offer you a path to improving both your security posture and your users’ experience. Here’s how.

What is adaptive access?

As part of an overall identity and access management solution, adaptive access means that the level of verification required for each user is elevated only as needed. Adaptive access uses criteria based on user and entity behavioral analytics (UEBA) to determine how much trust there is in the access request, and to establish how much verify must be asked of the user. The “never trust, always verify” stance of zero trust is baked into this concept but enabled in such a way that the path is smoother for users.

What does adaptive access means for security?

Adaptive access takes identification beyond single sign-on. This additional layer of security is available from some solutions as an additional module or subscription while some solutions such as IBM Security Verify offer adaptive access right out of the box.

An adaptive access solution develops a profile or “virtual fingerprint” for each user that can include information such as:

  • Geolocation
  • Time of day
  • Device(s)
  • Data accessed

If the access request is outside of the usual behavior of the user, a stepped-up multi-factor verification process is enforced.

Generally, this capability also allows your IT team to maintain or increase desired security levels, and to predefine your preferred access procedures based on risks.

What does adaptive access mean for the end-user?

Adaptive access for users is a little bit like going “where everyone knows your name.” The bulk of the IAM process is happening behind the scenes, with the user experiencing a quick, consistent process to sign on and access corporate applications and resources. For the user, friction and disruptions from the verification process are minimized.

Is your organization ready for IAM enlightenment?

Identity plays a major role in achieving a zero-trust strategy. Layering adaptive access onto your IAM approach can help move your identity policies closer to a zero-trust model. Your IT team has better control and your users experience fast, modern, AI-powered access.

Whether you need your IAM solutions in the cloud or on-premises, adaptive access helps to mature your IAM strategy for the next step of identity governance. The expert consultants of Sirius Security are available to work with you, securing your data and users wherever they are.

Let us put our deep professional IAM experience and extensive technology provider partnerships to work for you. We offer an elevated trial experience of IBM Security Verify with our Sirius White Glove Trials service. Sign up now to experience what adaptive access can bring to your IAM strategy. Sirius Security experts will be with you every step of the way to ensure that your trial experience aligns with your business objectives.

By |2020-10-08T16:05:43-05:00October 16th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Adaptive Access Harmonizes Security and User Experience

About the Author:

Thad Smith is a Principal Consultant with the Sirius Security practice.