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Managing user identities and access is becoming increasingly complex for businesses in today’s digital landscape. With multiple ERP and business applications, each housing its own set of user identities, security, and compliance teams face the daunting task of managing identities and accesses with a fragmented view. This complexity poses significant challenges in tracking cross-application access and identifying potential security risks. So, how can businesses effectively address these challenges and ensure robust security across all applications?

The Crucial Role of Cross-Application Visibility in Managing Access Risk

Most businesses find it challenging to identify and address cross-application risks since this requires collecting and comparing access and execution data from different applications. With a large amount of data generated every day, it’s crucial to have a deep understanding of where the data is stored and advanced processing capabilities to correlate user identities across multiple platforms.

This complexity increases when dealing with issues like role conflicts within and between applications (SoD risks), historical role usage, and overprovisioned users with potentially unnecessary access to sensitive data and transactions. The key to managing access risks effectively is achieving cross-application visibility.

In addition, having a unified view of user access across applications provides more than just risk mitigation. It allows for a deeper understanding of each user’s roles and the operations they perform. This leads to better-informed decision-making processes, streamlined audits, and more robust, proactive security measures.

Bringing it All Together with Pathlock

This is where Pathlock steps into the picture. Pathlock is the ideal solution for businesses looking to navigate the complexities of risk management. Our specialized tools help detect, analyze, and monitor risks within and across applications. By mapping individual user identities spread across different applications to a single source, Pathlock ensures that access to data is kept safe and secure.

The Access Risk Analysis module offered by Pathlock provides businesses with insights into risks across multiple applications using globally recognized compliance standards. With a holistic view of risks associated with each user, companies can make informed decisions and prioritize remediation and mitigation.

How Pathlock Helps Manage Cross-App Access Governance

Following the establishment of risk visibility, the goal is to achieve greater governance and security around the users. Governance is determined through the risk rulesets and mitigation plans that are defined by the business. Security is accomplished when those rulesets and mitigation strategies are implemented in an ongoing manner across the risk landscape. Pathlock’s AAG solution helps you achieve this in three steps.

Step 1: Gain Comprehensive Visibility in User Access

Upon deployment, Pathlock’s Access Risk Analysis module immediately identifies all potential SoD conflicts and provides ‘did do’ analysis across applications to enable quick remediation and/or mitigation of risks. The module provides centralized visibility into all applications a user has access to, their roles within each of those applications, and transactions performed by them. This allows you to gain a full view of your access risk across the application landscape.

Step 2: Minimize New Risks with Proactive Measures

To prevent new risks from being introduced into your application, Pathlock offers a Compliant Provisioning module that includes preventative risk checks. This ensures that no new risk is introduced into the application by access request changes without a preemptive risk check and risk management approach being followed. Additionally, Pathlock offers a risk simulation engine that can forecast risk changes at the business role, technical role, or user level. The simulation engine also includes usage analytics of would-be business impact.

Step 3: Implement Robust Access Governance

Additional modules like Certifications and Elevated Access Management allow for further access governance. The Certifications module ensures that no stale access is retained and that when access is reviewed, it includes the context of risk (i.e., does the access assigned to the user contribute to any risks).

Meanwhile, Elevated Access Management can be utilized to reduce the number of users with standing access to sensitive data/transactions or critical access. Users can instead utilize the checkout process for temporary, time-bound access provisioning, allowing them to perform sensitive and/or critical functions when needed but only when approved and without retained standing access.

Lastly, a centralized ruleset management feature simplifies the creation and management of SoD rulesets with cross-app translations, ruleset version control, and change logs. The module also comes with an extensive controls library to get you started in no time.

Pathlock Application Access Governance

Pathlock’s Application Access Governance (AAG) product includes modules for Access Risk Analysis, Compliant Provisioning, Certifications, Elevated Access Management, and Role Management. These modules combine to create a robust identity and access governance framework which customers can implement centrally to manage risk within and across multiple business systems like SAP, Oracle EBS, JD Edwards, and more.

To achieve consistent compliance in today’s heterogeneous application landscape, get in touch with our identity governance experts for a demo.

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