Gartner Research

Mitigate Risk by Implementing Effective Access Certifications

Published: 26 June 2013

ID: G00252940

Analyst(s): Ian Glazer


Access certification is IAM's most effective information risk mitigation tool. Access certification processes can review and revoke inappropriate access to sensitive applications and data on-premises and in the cloud. With this research, IAM teams can build effective access certification processes.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability
  • Related Guidance

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Clear Requirements
    • Usable Entitlement Catalog
    • Viable Organizational Structure Data
  • For Which People and Applications Should Access Be Reviewed?
    • Select People to Certify
    • Choose Resources to Focus On
  • What Is the Granularity of the Certification?
    • Organizational-Relationship Certification
    • Role Certification
    • Account Certification
    • Entitlement Certification
  • What Is the Frequency and Type of the Certification?
    • Determine Frequency
    • Confirm Type
  • Who Should Participate in the Certification Process?
    • Managers as Participants
    • Application Owners as Participants
    • Self as Participant
    • Other Participants
    • Workflow
  • How Should Inappropriate Access Be Revoked?
    • Report-Only
    • Email or Help Desk Ticket Notification
    • Connector-Based
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • How to Mitigate Participant Disengagement

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