Gartner Research

Identity Auditing

Published: 25 April 2007

ID: G00203270

Analyst(s): Lori Robinson


This update to the Reference Architecture Technical Position, "Identity Auditing," discusses the architectural alternatives for planning aspects of auditing solutions that can leverage an enterprise's identity management (IdM) infrastructure.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Typical Requirements

  • Establish Identity-Related Internal Controls
  • Securely Log Identity-Related Events
  • Continuously Monitor Critical Applications
  • Reporting
  • Demonstrate Accountability
  • Alert and Notify
  • Enforce SoD
  • Integrate with Third-Party Audit Products


  • Identity Auditing Services
  • IdM Audit Functions
    • Provisioning Services
    • Access Control and Authorization
    • Directory Services
    • Virtual Directories
    • Authentication Systems
  • Audit Data Gathering
  • Enterprise Application Control Management
  • Security Information and Event Management
  • Compliance Document Creation

Future Developments

Evaluation Criteria

Statement & Basis for Position

  • Adding IdA Services to the IdM Infrastructure Position
    • Implement IdA services.
    • Utilize the audit and reporting capabilities of the existing IdM system.
  • Scope of Identity Auditing Environment Position
    • Auditing Provisioning, Access Management, and Other IdM Processes Position
    • Auditing Managed Applications Position
  • Separation of Duties Position
    • Use separate enterprise application control management auditing solutions to validate operational controls
    • Use integrated SoD identity auditing functionality.
  • Centralized Auditing and Reporting Tools Integration Position
    • Report IdA events to the centralized auditing and reporting tool.
    • Utilize the auditing and reporting capabilities of the IdA solution for reporting requirements.

Relationship to Other Components

Revision History

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