Digital identities are used to grant access to systems and services in a variety of contexts, and it is important to properly manage these identities to reduce the risk of cyber attacks and ensure efficient workflows and compliance with regulations. As the use of digital systems becomes more complex and hackers become more sophisticated, it is important for businesses to anticipate and prepare for these challenges through the use of advanced tools and strategies in digital identity management. These trends can help IT professionals and cybersecurity experts secure networks and protect against fraud.
Zero Trust Takes Center Stage
The traditional approach to access management, which assumes that all users granted access to a network can be trusted, is no longer sufficient to protect modern networks from cyber attacks. The “zero trust” model has emerged as a trend in digital identity management to address this issue. Under this model, all users, both insiders and outsiders, are treated as equally risky and access is granted based on perceived risk levels, rather than predetermined permissions or roles. Zero trust systems use microsegmentation to compartmentalize information and monitor user behaviors, generating a risk score that determines whether further access requires re-authentication using multiple identifying factors. Companies can also set additional restrictions based on location, IP addresses, and specific permissions to ensure that users only have access to the resources they need for their job, in accordance with the principle of least privilege (POLP).