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Why automating User Access Reviews is important

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Why automating User Access Reviews is important.

User Access Reviews, also known as Access Certification and Periodic Access Review is an essential part of access management to mitigate risk. Unfortunately, many organizations view user access reviews as a “check the box” audit exercise and fail to realize the many benefits of automating the process. 

Regulations such as SOX, PCI-DSS and HIPAA as well as numerous IT and financial regulatory audits require organizations to perform user access reviews at least once a year to audit existing access rights. Access Certification is a control to verify and ensure that legitimate employees only have the right access to business-critical applications and systems. Outdated access is a risk not only to security but can violate compliance regulations. 

Organizations are not static

Organizations are not static. People come and go, employees change roles, they are assigned new projects, they switch to different departments. This makes it a challenge to keep track of who has access to what and when. All too frequently, accounts are not updated to reflect these constant changes and that’s when organizations are exposed to risk.

Insider threats remain one of the biggest threats to organizations. Employees that have access to sensitive data, financial data and HR data for example pose a real risk to the business. 

Organizations should be asking:

Does this employee have the appropriate amount of privileges to perform their job?

Do they really need all this privilege?

Has any previous privilege been taken away? 

Too much privilege can be exploited leading in some cases to financial loss and reputational damage. 

Why Automate Access Certification?

  • Tedious, manual user access reviews require an immense amount of effort, are time-intensive and increase compliance risk. 
  • It makes it easier to demonstrate compliance.
  • It offers assurance to management and stakeholders as well as external audit.
  • Manual process with spreadsheets to identify SoD is error-prone.
  • Avoid audit deficiencies due to human error.
  • Mitigate access risk.
  • Preserve brand reliability.
  • Reduce the risk of entitlement creep.
  • How can SafePaaS help?

    SafePaaS makes it easy for enterprise organizations to manage complex environments timely and cost-effectively by automating user access reviews across the entire organization. Our risk-based approach teamed with our unmatched understanding of risk simplifies the whole process. We provide a business-friendly interface with easy-to-understand reports as well as complete visibility into fine-grained entitlements and access privileges required to enforce compliance policies. 

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    Why SafePaaS for Access Certification?

    • Easy to set up and deploy. 
    • Complete visibility across multiple ERP systems
    • Continuous monitoring
    • Fine-grained identity governance and administration
    • Allows you to leverage your existing IDM to maximise investment
    • Complete audit trail
    • Securely connect to your business-critical applications (ERP)
    • Easily identify excessive user privileges and quickly remediate within the platform
    • Perform as needed or schedule for convenience
    • Automated workflow
    • Closed-loop remediation

    Our solution puts you in control of managing your risk by quickly and easily identifying excessive user privileges

    In summary,  user access review is a valuable exercise in terms of access risk management. By automating the process, businesses can make informed decisions, save time and cut costs. 

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