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March 2010

Joining security information management systems with identity management systems boosts security

Traditionally within companies the IT security organization has mitigated risk through its set of policies, procedures and technologies, while user access and authorization has been controlled through the use of identity management processes and technologies managed by the IT organization. By bringing these two functions together, organizations increase their effectiveness to a level that is greater than the sum of the parts. IT security departments have begun deploying security information and event management systems (SIM) within their organizations to monitor and report on information asset vulnerabilities. SIMs focus on remediating risk through scanners placed throughout the organization to gather information on information policy violations and then reporting on overall vulnerability to defined risks using management scorecards. While becoming more and more effective, these technologies act only as an early-warning radar system by recognizing when a large policy violation activity has occurred--which is then followed by a ...

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