June 2009 Archives

Part 4 -- The Human Factor

Technical tools and tricks exist to integrating the many different components--human resources (HR), enterprise directory, identity management and physical access control systems (PACS)--that drive converged identity and access management (IAM). Yet humans have a great deal of control over how--and whether--identities are managed. This last article in our four-part feature examines the human issues in achieving converged IAM.

While the technological tools available to manage logical and physical identities continue to grow in sophistication, they are just that: Tools designed to help humans create effective identity management strategies--and there's no getting around the extensive, people-focused methodology necessary to create such strategies.

"When you look at what identity management really means, there's a lot more to it than just defining identities: there's roles and business rules and processes around it," said Greg Thornbury, vice president for Dallas-based SecureNet Inc., a systems integrator that has been implementing converged IAM solutions for the last nine years.

June 2009 Archives