Gartner Research

Physical Identity and Access Management

Published: 01 February 2012

ID: G00227157

Analyst(s): Mark Diodati

Summary

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.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Analysis

  • 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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