Identity and access management (IAM) is essential to facilitating a secure, effective remote workforce. IAM technologies securely connect the right employees to the right business resources at the right time.
IT decision makers almost universally agree that IAM is essential in the new age of remote work, with 98% agreeing that IAM is critical to the security of their remote workforce. Of the organisations surveyed, 98% depend on IAM technologies to keep their business secure while employees work from anywhere.
The response highlights the foundational role of IAM solutions in facilitating day-to-day work, no matter where that work is being done. Employees need quick, secure access to data, applications, password-protected accounts and a myriad of other resources every day. IT needs to ensure that the right employees – and only those employees – are accessing those resources while following appropriate cybersecurity protocols to reduce the risk of data breach and cyberattacks.
Given that IAM provides a structure for how employees connect to work – and what they connect to – along with enforceable policies for safeguarding that access, any business wanting to adapt to a remote workforce needs to adapt their IAM strategy accordingly. Our study found that 96% of IT decision makers acknowledged that remote work has impacted their IAM strategy. Even as IAM is seen as a top priority, the unique demands of supporting an entirely remote workforce requires looking at IAM from new angles. Flexibility and adaptability are necessary to an IAM strategy that keeps employees securely connected.