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Modernizing IAM Architecture With Machine Learning

Published: 03 December 2019

ID: G00386813

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


Advanced identity analytics are now necessary for a risk-based approach to IAM. Security and risk management technical professionals need to understand the evolving state of and best practices for leveraging machine learning to improve IAM architecture and program management.

Table Of Contents


  • The Current State of Identity Analytics
  • The Imperative of Machine Learning for IAM and Security Use Cases
  • How Machine Learning Improves IAM
  • Hype Versus Reality
  • Building Your Identity Analytics Transition/Transformation Roadmap
    • Implications and Best Practices for Technical Architecture
    • Organizational Implications and Best Practices
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • IAM Use Cases
    • Access (AM and PAM) Use Cases
    • IGA Use Cases
    • IaaS Resource Protection Use Case
    • Identity Corroboration Use Cases
    • User and Entity Behavior Analytics Use Cases
  • Features to Consider When Evaluating Vendors
    • AM, PAM and IGA Tools
    • Identity Corroboration Tools

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