Gartner Research

IGA Best Practices: Take Control of Enterprise Role Management

Published: 13 December 2016

ID: G00293794

Analyst(s): Brian Iverson


Intuitive approaches to role engineering with IGA tools have failed to produce the results desired by most organizations. Security and risk management leaders should adopt Gartner's two-layer enterprise role management framework to effectively administer access, using roles at an enterprise scale.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Use Gartner's Two-Layer Enterprise Role Management Framework to Guide Role Engineering
  • Enforce Discipline on Role Management Through Methodology and Governance
    • Begin With Engineering Roles in the Resource Layer
    • Organize Roles in the People Layer by Dimensions
  • Maintain Loose Coupling Between the Role Layers by Using Policies
    • Understand Your IGA Tool's Specific Policy Mechanisms to Set Expectations for Policy Behavior
    • Business Roles Act as a Layer of Indirection Between Attributes and Resource-Role Policies
    • Some Exceptions to Using Policies to Bind Roles Across Layers Are Acceptable

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