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IAM Risk-Based Planning Model and Toolkit for Reducing Operational Risk

Published: 08 March 2016

ID: G00292679

Analyst(s): Homan Farahmand


This guidance specifies a planning methodology for shifting IAM design principles from a compliance-driven to a risk-based model. It includes a tool for visualization of IAM operational risk in program and architecture dimensions for better prioritization and communication of IAM initiative value.

Table Of Contents

The Gartner Approach

  • Scope Definition
  • Terminology Clarification
  • Revision Note

The Guidance Framework

  • IAM Services Residual Risk Rating Model
  • IAM Residual Risk as a Key Risk Indicator
  • IAM Controls
    • Governance Controls
    • Execution Controls
    • Process Controls
    • Runtime Controls
    • Data Controls
  • IAM Controls Weighting
  • IAM Controls Coverage
  • IAM Risk-Based Planning Process
    • Analyze IAM Residual Risk Baseline
    • Identify the Target IAM Residual Risk
    • Adjust Residual Risk Target
    • Identify and Adjust Appropriate Controls for Each Year
    • Plan Improvements, and Estimate the Cost of Change per Control
    • Prepare and Communicate the Business Case
  • IAM Risk-Based Planning Toolkit
    • Direction for Use
  • Develop the IAM Residual Risk Model
  • Apply Risk-Based Planning Methodology
  • Monitor IAM Residual Risk
  • Recalibrate Control Weightings Annually



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