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Physical Identity and Access Management


Physical identity and access management (PIAM) deployments are increasing due to technology and product development, compliance mandates, a greater desire to manage alternative user populations such as on-premises visitors and contractors, and a sharp emphasis on timely and secure access. PIAM capabilities such as a common authenticator and user provisioning are relatively mature. Organizations should continue to watch developments in externalized authorization capabilities because of the potentially significant benefits.

Published: 01 February 2012

ID: G00227157

Analyst(s): Mark Diodati

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Compliance Drivers
  • Anatomy of the Physical Access Control System
    • Authenticator
    • Controller
    • Reader
    • Door Controller
    • Locks
    • Host
    • Card Management System
  • IAM and PACS Integration Points
    • Authentication
    • Provisioning
    • Runtime Authorization
    • Logical Attribute Authority
    • Authoritative Identity Store
    • Security Event Correlation
  • PIAM Challenges
    • Funding
    • Emergency Access
    • Personalization
    • Heterogeneous PACS Technologies
    • Proprietary and Antiquated Hardware
    • Workstation Software and Windows Group Policy
    • Tenancy
  • PIV Card Momentum
  • Win Executive Sponsorship
  • Build Consensus
  • Plan Ahead
  • Be Opportunistic
  • Deploy a PIAM Product for Provisioning Integration
  • Embrace Heterogeneity
  • Monitor PIAM Authorization Developments
  • Don't Skimp on Card Management
  • Implement Robust Emergency Access Procedures
  • Sweeten the Deal

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