Identity & Access Management

Users and their identities are the most vulnerable link in a network, but solving identity and access management (IAM) issues is difficult for many organizations. Managing the identities and privileges of an increasingly diverse group of users—including employees, partners and clients—that use a multitude of devices to log into systems both inside and outside the enterprise is a critical challenge.

Forsythe helps you make sure that the right people have access to the right resources at the right time and for the right reasons. Because it has become virtually impossible to control the network security perimeter, the devices and the applications, we work with you to facilitate centralized identity management and authentication services that can control access to business services—regardless of location or end-user device—and help secure each door into the fragmented IT environment.

We offer best-in-class technology solutions, expert implementation and advisory services, and customized testing in our state-of-the-art Technology Evaluation Center (TEC) to help you address all facets of identity and access management. Forsythe’s IAM services are customized to fit your needs. We can help you optimize your current systems or design and implement new solutions that scale to meet your demands.

Key focus areas include:

Federated Identity/Single Sign-On

Everyone wants easier access to systems and applications, and requiring users to manage multiple usernames and passwords can reduce productivity. Single sign-on (SSO) and federated identity address this problem by integrating applications with existing identity stores and eliminating the need for multiple usernames and passwords. Employees, customers and partners get convenient one-click access to the applications they use most, whether SaaS, on-premise or legacy.

However, in today’s world, allowing one password to grant access to all in-scope systems can also provide attackers with a tunnel to get into those systems. Forsythe helps to ensure organizations that are implementing SSO—especially to resources with sensitive data—use risk-appropriate authentication methods. We help you identify the tactical and strategic approaches that can address SSO over time, and according to budget. We offer customized product testing as well as expert implementation and advisory services.

Privileged Access

Privileged accounts provide virtually unlimited access to system resources, making them an attractive target for cyber attackers. Uncontrolled access to these accounts can easily lead to security breaches such as advanced persistent threats and compliance violations.

In the past, privileged users tended to be a single person with root access to applications. Today, applications are distributed across locations and can have many privileged users. Accounts are often shared—with multiple people knowing the credentials for a single account on a system or application. As a result, it is more important than ever to know who has access to which systems, and what activities each user is engaging in.

Privileged identity and access management solutions can provide the control, auditing and compliance needed to manage privileged and other shared accounts. They can track account access to individual users, secure resources to comply with regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)HIPAA and Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLBA), enable system owners to periodically revalidate accounts and automatically revoke access or lock accounts, which is particularly helpful when an employee with access to critical data leaves the organization.

Forsythe partners with the leading privileged account management manufacturers and offers technology testing and access management advisory services. We help you establish controls around privileged access and gain insight into the inventory, classification and use of privileged accounts.

Identity Governance & Administration (IGA)

Industries such as banking, finance and healthcare are heavily regulated, and have what may seem like an onerous burden of governance that requires them to demonstrate (on demand) who accessed what and when. However, many of these organizations have discovered this to be a tremendous asset to their identity management efforts.

No matter what industry you are in, it is important to have controls in place to ensure users have the right access. For example, someone who transfers from finance to sales is unlikely to need continued access to the enterprise’s financial applications. Access governance and recertification solutions help provide the visibility and control you need to understand what you have in your environment and who has access to it, and to establish a continuous process to ensure that employees have the right access to do their jobs, and nothing more.

Forsythe has top-tier partnerships with the leading IGA vendors and offers expert implementation and advisory services. We help you streamline the execution of compliance controls and improve audit performance through automated access certifications, policy management and audit reporting.

 

 

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