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Develop a User Management Strategy

  • ID: 1542250
  • February 2011
  • Info-Tech Research Group

Users are the number one security risk. Since you can't operate without them, you'd best be able to control them.

Your Challenge

- Users are not hired to be security or compliance experts, but their daily actions can have significant ramifications on enterprise security and compliance efforts. Enterprises simply can't afford these headaches.

- User Management technologies include a wide range of solutions, with new niches opening up and new players entering the market all the time. Keeping current with all these offerings can overwhelm even the most seasoned IT professionals.

- Ensuring solid security and compliance means building a comprehensive and well-thought out User Management strategy, and doing it without breaking the bank.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

- Identity & Access Management is the pinnacle of User Management technologies as it rolls up the functionality of most other tools. If your enterprise is considering implementing at least two dedicated User Management tools (Single Sign-On, Automated Provisioning, Activity Monitoring and Reporting) you may realize cost savings with a dedicated IAM solution instead.

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Create & Maintain an Effective User Management Strategy (video)
Storyboard: Develop a User Management Strategy (powerpoint)
User Management Strategy RFI Template (word)

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*Create & Maintain an Effective User Management Strategy

A water-tight user management strategy will help keep the enterprise afloat by effectively following a user account from the day it is created to the day it is retired. This video discusses key aspects of user management, including:

- HR and management involvement in drafting policies and workflows.

- Policies and procedures for creating new accounts, assigning access, acceptable use of company resources, requests for changes, and retiring accounts.

- User management tools to enhance and enforce user management policies.

Understand the importance of a user management strategy and its associated policies and supporting tools.

*Storyboard: Develop a User Management Strategy

An effective user management strategy, along with the policies and procedures to document it, follows a user account from the day it is created until the day it is retired.

Your user management strategy must include:

- HR and management involvement in drafting policies and workflows.

- Policies and procedures for creating new accounts, assigning access, acceptable use of company resources, requests for changes, and retiring accounts.

- User management tools to enhance and enforce user management policies.

Use this research to help decide which policies to introduce, assess available supporting tools, and issue an RFI to solicit information from user management vendors for suitable solutions.

*User Management Strategy RFI Template

There are various types of user management tools available on the market; from password management, up to full identity and access management suites. The vendors that produce these solutions sometimes overlap features across various products. Issuing an RFI will help narrow down which tools, from which vendors, are best suited for your organization’s environment and situation.

The RFI template will assist you in describing:

- Your existing technology environment

- Business goals

- Business requirements

- Responses expected from vendors

This template is most useful for preparing a list of vendors to include in the RFP phase of the selecting process, and for gaining a better understanding of what the appropriate tools may cost, and how long it will take to implement them.

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