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Recession fuels demand for improved fraud protection

Dns : 12 March, 2009  (Technical Article)
Gartner Research claims of increased requirements for identity and access controls for critical resources backed up by dns as the recession bites and incidences of computer fraud increase
With the recession leading to an inevitable increase in the levels of fraud, Gartner is backing identity and access controls as the key tools companies can implement in the fight against organised and internal crime.

The UK government's own figures from the last quarter of 2008 already points to an increase in certain offences, and as business and personal financial troubles continue to grow, the more we will see organised groups of criminals or desperate employees turning to crime to find a way out.

Don Smith, technical director at dns, commented. "Gartner's comments really highlight the need for companies to implement identity and access controls. While security and regulatory compliance are key drivers, many organisations use IAM to boost efficiency and support new business initiatives. Both of these drivers reduce cost and will help organisations weather the financial storm. The key challenge is getting identity and access management right."

Worryingly the research company's own figures show that nearly 50 per cent of organisations were only now developing identity and access management processes and investigating tools, with more than 25 per cent still defining processes and using only basic tools. "The figures certainly point to something we have been seeing in the market for some time, with companies struggling to develop or even define what they need from a IAM implementation," said Smith.

"Gartner is correct when it says that companies should not just be throwing technology at the problem, as organisations can still fail at IAM even with the right technology in place. Companies must understand that these projects are about people and processes, it is imperative to initially understand the scope of the project and what the company is trying to achieve before addressing the technology issues. In order to get IAM right the business requirements should be identified first and used to drive the project to deliver efficiency as well as security. Effective IAM can only be achieved through an approach and strategy that is understandable to everyone. There is no point in implementing technology that does not solve the problem at hand.

"By using a team of highly experienced experts to assist in the strategic review of the 'as is' situation and establish the organisation's pain points, it is possible to adopt a phased approach that delivers early value at a low cost in the current climate, while utilising current technology to its full potential," concluded Smith.
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