Enterprise identity and privacy strategies for an increasingly regulated business environment were high on the agenda last week at Burton Group's Catalyst Conference Europe, held in Munich.
Identity management in particular was identified as one area where technological developments and tighter corporate governance regulations have raised the bar for businesses recently.
Burton Group chief executive and research chair Jamie Lewis said the past three years had seen identity management tools mature to become a critical service in the business infrastructure.
"In the recent past, firms were approaching us for advice about the business case for identity management, but these days enterprises are fully engaged with the issue," said Lewis.
Although firms' data comes under more frequent attack from external sources, security architects have found that the most damaging attacks are often internal, and employing software that can control access based on separation of duties could do much to mitigate those risks, said Lewis.
"In general the trick for enterprises is to shoot at the right target - and more often than not that target is an insider," he added.