The coronavirus pandemic has forced organizations to support remote work for their employees and vendors. This dramatic shift also created challenges in managing user identities and group accounts. Those organizations equipped with Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) could rapidly provision VPN access and support overall IT security and regulatory compliance. However, many organizations reported identity-related breaches at some point. In this article at Security, John Milburn explains why identity governance projects fail and what measures security teams must take to ensure a smooth launch.
Why Identity Governance Projects Fail
Insufficient Executive Support
In large organizations with complex structures, evolved policies and procedures can become barriers to change and progress. Studies have indicated that 50% of identity governance projects fail due to a lack of time, resources, and funds. Furthermore, more than 46% of business leaders have revealed weak ownership as one of the significant reasons for failure. “Having clear communication and expectations, company and executive support, and an easy onboarding process can ensure IGA project success, and that your security efforts aren’t for naught,” explains Milburn.
Lack of Stakeholder Buy-In
An organization will eventually have to implement IGA in all business departments and require changes in routine tasks, such as onboarding an employee or contractor. The resistance from the stakeholders will undoubtedly lead to the failure of identity governance projects. So, how do you overcome the resistance? Communicate how IGA is vital to your organization’s digital transformation efforts to stakeholders across the organization—from HR to IT operations. Solicit their input and incorporate their feedback into the program.
Broad Scope with Limited Resources
If an organization fails with budgeting, planning, and identifying risk as part of IGA, then the identity governance project collapses from the start. Poor estimation during the planning phase is the largest contributor to IT project failures. Successful identity governance projects are iterative. Therefore, managing risks and mitigating them will help you stay on schedule and budget for the project.
To read the original article, click on https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/94443-three-reasons-why-identity-governance-projects-fail.