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09 December 2014

The business challenges and benefits of identity and access management

As organisations turn to cloud services and mobile apps to boost productivity and cut costs, managing user identities and access to IT resources has never been more important -- or challenging. In this emerging IT environment, a key task is managing access to applications and data by employees and partners from multiple devices and locations, without compromising security. IT and security leaders gathered at the November 2014 meeting of Computer Weekly's CW500 Club to hear from experts and practitioners about how they meet the challenges of identity and access management (IAM). Speakers from consultancy KPMG, the Government Digital Service, and Gatwick Airport discussed best practice and their real-life experiences. IAM remains a struggle Martijn Verbree, director of information protection at KPMG, said that -- despite all the advances in IAM technology in recent years -- identity management remains a constant challenge. "We are still struggling with how to manage access to our critical systems," he said. "How do we make it ...

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