SOURCE: Identropy

Identropy

May 08, 2013 09:00 ET

Identropy Launches SaaS Advisory Service to Help Companies Address the "Shadow IT" Problem

IDaaS Pioneer's New Offering Teaches Organizations to Identify Unmanaged SaaS Applications and Institute Proper Risk and Governance Processes

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 8, 2013) - Identropy, a leading Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) provider, today announced the launch of its new SaaS Advisory service offering. The new offering is designed to enable organizations to ensure that all SaaS applications are within the purview of IT, properly risk-assessed, and integrated into the organization's Identity and Access Management (IAM) Governance processes.

"The rapid adoption of SaaS apps has given rise to the 'Shadow IT' problem -- when individuals or business units provision Cloud applications without regard to corporate IT procurement and governance processes," said Aldo Pietropaolo, Director of Professional Services for Identropy. "Because IT organizations can't control their Cloud providers' IT risk posture, it's essential that all Cloud-based applications in use in the organization are integrated into existing IAM Governance processes. We've received so much demand for help with this that we launched a dedicated SaaS Advisory service to ensure organizations are positioned to maximize their investment in both IAM and SaaS."

Identropy uses a three part framework: Inventory - Assess - Formulate, to provide an action plan for managing access to Cloud applications without degrading the business benefits that they offer:

Inventory: The first order of business is to get an inventory of the SaaS applications currently in use in a company. Identropy uses a combination of technology tools and interviews with key stakeholders to obtain an accurate inventory of current and future Cloud /SaaS applications. Once that process is complete, the inventoried applications are vetted against Identropy's database of more than 500 SaaS applications, taking into account what types of data those applications manage and the IAM standards to which they adhere.

Assess: After the inventory process is completed, the next step is to compare the organization's portfolio of SaaS applications against existing enterprise IAM capabilities to identify synergies and gaps. Analysis vectors include Authentication, Federation, Authorization, Provisioning, Entitlement Modeling, Recertification, and Reporting and Audit.

Formulate: Based on the assessment outcomes, Identropy will formulate a set of recommended strategies and tactics for proper integration with existing IAM efforts. These are targeted at addressing the current identified SaaS applications within the enterprise, but also at providing an ongoing framework to capture new SaaS applications as they begin to get used within the enterprise.

More on Identropy's SaaS Advisory offering can be found here.

Pricing and Availability:
Identropy consultants are available for SaaS Advisory engagements effective immediately. The offering is delivered as a fixed-price engagement for $15,000.

About Identropy
Identropy is a leading Identity as a Service (IDaaS) provider, whose offerings enable organizations to derive maximum value from their Identity and Access Management (IAM) initiatives in the most cost-effective manner. Providing domain expertise across the entire IAM lifecycle, Identropy's Advisory, Implementation and Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) service offerings have already benefited more than 150 organizations. Identropy's innovative Secure Cloud-based Unified Identity (SCUID) platform enables organizations to reduce the cost and complexity, optimize day-to-day management, and accelerate time-to-value of their IAM investments. Founded in 2006, Identropy is a privately held company. For more information visit www.identropy.com.

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