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Calculating Your ROI For Least Privilege

Posted December 2, 2010    Peter McCalister

So you’ve decided to implement a privilege identity management solution because you’ve realized that a least privilege environment is a perfect way to eliminate the misuse of privilege from your corporation, help satisfy ever changing governance mandates and deliver on-demand reporting entitlement reports and keystroke logs to auditors when required.

You’ve completed a comprehensive technical evaluation and gotten buy-in from all of the business stakeholders on cultural fit into the organization.  Your final hurdle to overcome is a trip to the chief financial officer to get a release on the budget required to procure and roll out across the enterprise.  The only problem is that you know he is only going to respect your decision and approve the procurement if you can show a hard dollar savings and not just perceived soft productivity and compliance gains.

To quote Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy“DON’T PANIC!”  Many companies, large and small, have already implemented a least privilege solution across servers, desktops, virtualized and cloud environments.  Literally thousands of companies like yours have already taken the plunge, eliminated admin rights from their IT systems and have realized significant hard-dollar savings across IT administration, help desk, audit and governance areas.

Specifically,  an annual savings of $1,237 per PC has been documented by industry analysts Gartner Group in the report “Organization That Unlock PCs Unncessarily WIll Face High Costs“.  If you are interested in other costs savings then download our whitepaper to learn more.

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Posted September 24, 2014    Chris Burd

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