Today, organisations are dealing with an ever-increasing number of users, all of whom require different levels of access to applications, systems, and data. Managing these identities and access privileges is becoming more challenging as the responsibilities of different roles expand, and compliance with government regulations becomes a top priority. To address this issue, organisations need to deploy the right platform and solution, Organisations need the right platform and solution to address this issue, hence the emergence of Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Identity Governance and Administration (IGA). What are the differences between IAM and IGA?
Identity and Access Management, or IAM is a discipline in both security and business that comprises a range of tools and processes. Its purpose is to enable organizations to manage and control access to their applications, systems, and data. IAM is designed to ensure that administrators can grant access to the right people or machines at the right time, while preventing unauthorized access and fraud.
Identity Governance and Administration or IGA, on the other hand, expands beyond IAM. IGA is an approach that integrates policies, procedures, and technologies to empower organisations in managing digital identities and access rights across diverse system. At its core, the primary purpose of IGA is to ensure that an organization’s digital identities are secure, accurate, and properly managed throughout their entire lifecycle.
While both terms sometimes used interchangeably, IAM and IGA are two different solutions to identity management practice.
One of the major difference between IAM and IGA is their scope and focus. IAM is focused on managing user access to specific applications, systems, and data, whereas IGA takes a broader approach and encompasses all aspects of digital identity management, including provisioning, access certification, and governance.
Next, governance and compliance. While IAM focuses on managing user access, IGA is designed to ensure that the organisation’s identity management practices comply with internal policies, industry regulations, and government mandates which include tools and processes for access certification, risk assessment, and policy enforcement. In other words, IGA has stronger focus on governance and compliance compared to that of IAM.
Another key difference between IAM and IGA is their level of integration with other systems and processes. IAM is all about managing user access within a single system or application while IGA has bigger coverage. It is designed to integrate with multiple systems and applications, thus providing a centralised view of digital identities and access rights across the organization.
IAM and IGA are also different in term of Identity Lifecycle Management. The main focus of IAM is managing user access to specific resources and applications whereas IGA includes additional capabilities related to the entire lifecycle of digital identities, from the first day it is created to retirement.
In summary, IAM and IGA both deal with managing access to applications, systems, and data, but IAM is more focused on managing user access, while IGA takes a broader approach to managing digital identities and access rights across the entire organisation. Importantly, the significance of IAM and IGA are relatively similar in improving identity management practice, depending on an organisation specific needs, priorities, and compliance.
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