IAM for the Public Sector



Identity & Access Management (IAM) Challenges in the Public Sector

Government bodies at the federal, state and local level are tasked with managing the personal data of countless citizens. Access to many government functions depends on this information being safely collected, stored and processed. Despite this enormous responsibility, most agencies have to accomplish this task using limited resources and a small number of public servants.

As more and more government functions are made available online, the strain on public networks and IT infrastructure only increases further. While the rise of E-Government is a godsend for efficiency and accessibility, it also provides new avenues for cybercriminals to steal sensitive data or disrupt critical services. Keeping government IT secure is essential, not just because of the grave consequences that attacks on government services can have, but also because public institutions have a responsibility to lead by example when it comes to cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Legislation

As high-profile targets that fulfill an important role in society, public institutions are subject to a number of cybersecurity regulations meant to enforce the safety of sensitive information and government infrastructure.

The Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) requires agencies to maintain an information security and protection program, which currently translates to complying with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. While this law originally covered only federal agencies, it has since been extended to cover organizations at the state-level which administer federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

In a similar vein, organizations which manage sensitive information such as health data or the personal data of minors are required to uphold laws such as HIPAA and FERPA. Robust cybersecurity measures are the most effective way to prevent costly data breaches and ensure that private information remains private.




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[WEBINAR] The Top 5 Reasons You Need Access Management

Do you know WHO in your organization has access to WHAT? If the answer is “no”, chances are you are not using an Identity and Access Management solution – and that means your organization is at high risk for data theft!

In this webinar, we cover the Top 5 Reasons you need an IAM software solution and illustrate how IAM can help you meet your compliance goals and protect you from ransomware, insider threats and more!

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Manage Data Safely & Efficiently With tenfold IAM

The IAM solution tenfold makes it possible for a small number of active users to manage large amounts of data safely and efficiently. Thanks to its many pre-built plugins and a flexible REST API that allows for custom integrations, tenfold acts as a central platform for managing access rights and user accounts across your local file server and Active Directory, Microsoft cloud services and various third-party systems such as SAP ERP.

With the help of customizable workflows and plugins for common ticketing systems such as Jira, TopDesk and ServiceDesk Plus, you can even integrate manual tasks and administrative processes into tenfold.

For example, tenfold allows you to create and forward tickets for manual tasks. Once the task is marked as completed, tenfold will automatically make the required changes in the backend. This ensures that the entire process is documented and can be reviewed later-on using our built-in reporting tools.


Self-Service & Automatic Documentation

By providing a variety of self-service features, tenfold helps lower your IT workload and free up precious time. On top of that, automating routine tasks in user and access management boosts both efficiency and security. The key to success is role-based access control: bundling permissions together makes it easy to create or update accounts, while preventing outdated permissions from piling up and becoming a security risk. To help you address existing issues, the tenfold dashboard will also highlight and fix many common AD & file server problems.

However, secure provisioning and user management is only half the battle: In order to comply with government regulations for cybersecurity, organizations must enforce the Principle of Least Privilege through periodic reviews of all access rights. The easiest way to carry out such a user access review is with an automated IAM system. tenfold allows you to define custom intervals for access reviews and will send out automatic notifications to the relevant stakeholders (i.e. the persons who granted access in the first place).

Thanks to these notifications, data owners can renew or revoke permissions with a single click. tenfold documents all changes made to user accounts and access rights, including the results of reviews. Additionally, our powerful suite of reporting tools can generate comprehensive breakdowns of the access rights any user held at any point in time. This makes it fast and easy to retroactively prove your compliance with cybersecurity standards.




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