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Mitigate Risk With an Effective Access Certification Program

Published: 17 March 2017

ID: G00300272

Analyst(s): Lori Robinson


Access certification is an important component of governance. Effective access certification programs require technical professionals focused on IAM to strike the delicate balance between volume and frequency and provide participants with enough context to make informed access decisions.

Table Of Contents


  • Access Certification Overview
    • Features of an Access Certification Tool
  • Business Benefits of an Access Certification Program
    • Compliance
    • Risk Mitigation
    • Strengthening IAM Services
  • Access Certification Fatigue
    • Striking the Right Balance: Overcoming Fatigue
  • Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Access Certification Program
    • Ability to Mitigate Risk
    • Ability to Comply With Regulations and Controls
    • Ability to Successfully Execute Access Certification Process
  • Identity Analytics Is Making Certifications Smarter
    • Behavior and Data Analytics
    • Benefits of Identity Analytics in an Access Certification Process
  • Access Certification Market Assessment and Futures
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Develop a Culture of Compliance
  • Incorporate Identity Analytics and Risk Scoring
  • Utilize an Entitlement Catalog
  • Balance Volume, Frequency and Context
  • Prioritize Critical Systems
  • Add Microcertifications
  • Move Beyond Employee Populations
  • Engage Auditors Early and Often

The Details

  • The Framework of an Effective Access Certification Program
    • Assess Requirements
    • Build Technical Infrastructure
    • Define Scope
    • Administer Program
    • Conduct Campaign
    • Close Campaign

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