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3 Steps to Good Governance with Privilege Identity Management

Posted December 17, 2010    Peter McCalister

“keep on trying until you are successful” is so much easier to read then this last offering for t-shirt slogan week.  And very apropros to the theme of corporate governance.  I also want to thank ThinkGeek.com for the inspiration for this week’s blog themes.

Managing and auditing corporate governance initiatives is an often overlooked area for executives and Information Technology (IT) professionals. Reading any one of the thousands of business books that describe successful companies, you will uncover that it was their ability to react and pro-act to market changes at an enterprise level that allowed them to exceed market or competitive norms.  Likewise, in those same books you will find examples of failed companies who’s IT infrastructure actually prevented or inhibited their ability to enforce change across all employees.

Audits for compliance are typically required, but extending this practice to real-time governance can be the difference between success and failure for companies in today’s ever-changing market climates.  Making changes in who has privilege to do what on specific IT resources (servers, desktops, network devices, virtual & cloud environments) should be as simple as making a central policy change and having that propagated and enforced in real time across the extended enterprise.  Implementing a privilege identity management solution is the best first step in establishing this real-time corporate governance.

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Posted September 25, 2014    Paul Harper

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Posted September 24, 2014    Chris Burd

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