What is the Future of Identity and Access Management?

Identity and Access Management is gradually becoming an integral part of our personal and professional lives as the societal and technical landscape thrives to change at a rapid pace. Albeit, we cannot predict fully and accurately beyond the imminent future, it is probable that the technology will continue to thrive and will change our lives in the imminent years which will need a newer approach to identity and access management.

When you keep in mind the inability of the users to safeguard and manage their passwords over 90 percent of the cyber attacks, it becomes quite inevitable that the existing identity and access management approach which uses passwords for authentication in most of the cases cannot support the security of the imminent state where many devices will be interconnected.

As deployed, dispersed and interconnected systems gradually rise in number, continuous, seamless, and accurate access to all the resources with high level authentication systems like AI and biometric intelligence technology will be used. Password will remain in the history, as the user controlled access will be duly replaced by the machine controlled access management systems. You will no longer require your passwords to access the systems or badges to enter the premises. The smart systems will be capable of recognizing and greeting us with the help of some of our personal and distinct features while using ATMs, enter restaurants and stores, and visit online websites, drive cars, enter office premises, and access the business systems.

Artificial intelligence and identity management will revolutionize the field of security beyond people, places, and things that we handle as the rising number of systems and devices will interact with and learn from one another with no kind of human intervention. For instance, the household systems will interact with each other to control and handle our lives. Refrigerators will order food items for us when the inventory level is down, in the case of fire, the fire detection systems will get in touch with the fire department and other nearby households, the doctors will be notified when the trouble signs show up and so much more. Almost each and everything will possess an identity which will alter today’s definition of identity theft.

Biometric authentication

Biometric authentication makes the use of the person’s features to identify and authenticate the person. This technology is gradually advancing and the market for the same is predicted to rise from $10 billion in the year 2015 to about $40 billion in the year 2022. AI will be embedded in all the IAM products and will be able to learn about the user in the case of access management and user activities will be subject to analysis and the anomalies will be reported instantly.

Future IAM skills

Many of today’s IAM tasks will be automated which in turn, the work of access administrators will be taken over by machines. The fast changes in the technology and the huge heaps of data by robots will need the future IAM professionals to possess the critical and analytical thinking skills to filter out relevant data and make sense of all the reported data. The work of IAM specialists will be to lay out a design of the automated tasks to be performed by robots, act upon reported data, and override machine decisions.

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