For complex organizations, data silos are here to stay. As we discussed in our first post in this series, these silos do important work and contain essential data about your users—including your all-important customers. Some companies want to streamline their infrastructures and reduce the silos, but that can be a long and expensive process. There’s a better, faster way to gain the high-level views of identity that allow you to make informed decisions, speed key deployments, and drive deeper insights. Why dump the data stores, when you can unify the data and deliver global views and profiles?
An Identity Data Fabric unifies identity across all sources, laying the foundation for your identity fabric and cybersecurity mesh—two of the highest priorities in the digital security landscape.
Why an Identity Data Fabric works for companies and security teams
An Identity Data Fabric allows companies to logically centralize identity management while making the most of existing identity infrastructure investments. This solution increases the ROI of the data silos until it makes sense to replace them with a different option. Managing large volumes of data is challenging, so the Identity Data Fabric offers visibility into the existing silos, making the best use of the data they contain, while enabling teams to design the right long-term data management strategy for it.
Security teams like the Identity Data Fabric approach because it unifies identity attributes across all data silos into a single source of truth about all users. This flexible solution creates a contextual, complete view of identity data in the company while offering greater visibility into all the applications and systems being used across it. Increased visibility makes designing a more robust security strategy easier because security teams can consider every possibility, modeling scenarios, and testing solutions with ready access to every user attribute.
Deploying and scaling security rules becomes easier with an Identity Data Fabric solution, as well, because security teams can:
- Set prioritized security rules that flow efficiently downstream
- Set different security options based on the data type stored in the silos
- Create and deploy the same security policies in different ways because the Identity Data Fabric has already contextually identified and aligned the data with the appropriate security rules.
As many companies are looking to increase spending on digital transformation and cybersecurity next year (56% and 50%, respectively,) an Identity Data Fabric solution like RadiantOne Intelligent Identity Data Platform is a wise investment.
Why an Identity Data Fabric works for users
But what about users? How does an Identity Data Fabric affect them? Done right, it reduces their friction to use the applications and systems they need to do their jobs. No more keeping track of 10 different logins and passwords or checking on the status of a data store. The Identity Data Fabric platform handles all of this automatically so that they can concentrate on their work.
An Identity Data Fabric is also a high-availability system. Downtime can cost companies anywhere from $1,000 and $2,500 per minute, according to ITIC’s 12th annual survey, so anything they can do to reduce downtime saves money. Users can be confident with their tech stack and know they won’t have to wait hours for fixes to the Identity Data Fabric if anything goes wrong.
From an end-user perspective, managers can be confident that their team is adhering to organizational security standards because they know the Identity Data Fabric is handling the logins and access according to the most robust and current data that’s available. They don’t have to consult any documents or ask for help from the always-busy IT team. They know that they’re covered as long as their applications and systems fall within the security categories and guidelines set up by IT, including any new cloud application they may want to use. And if they’re not, the Identity Data Fabric platform makes it easy for them to ask for help.
Transforming Silos from Bottleneck to Business Enabler
Data silos don’t have to limit what your company can do or how you protect your networks. In fact, they may actually be a key to better security. By abstracting data from every silo and making it available to any app or system that needs it, it unlocks the value of your fragmented data, so your company is free to develop smarter security strategies that work across the organization.
Teams and users will still have secure and appropriate access to the tools and systems they need, but with much less friction—and far less hassle on the backend. IT and security teams will be able to develop and deploy meaningful and scalable security protocols that will protect your company’s data no matter where or how it’s located.
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