Modern Middle Manager
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User Provisioning

Friday, October 29, 2004  

You know, I really didn't have any idea there were tools to perform user provisioning. I should have guessed -- there are software tools for everything. I'm half surprised someone didn't come out with a user provisioning appliance for enterprises so that it would go faster with dedicated ASICs and everything!

User provisioning -- why would a small business like ours need something with a fancy title? Because we're audited and, in these days of Sarbanes-Oxley and Gramm-Leach-Bliley, we have to make sure the right people have the right access to the right data and that the wrong people don't. Then we have to prove it. Proving that we have controls in place takes longer than actually complying with controls.

Thus comes interest in tools that help us prove we actually do what our procedures say we do. Software that provisions user accounts according to roles is a nice-to-have feature that prevents the occasional brain-fart. Software that can generate reports showing that we actually do that is valuable. I'm researching some possible solutions from the vendors mentioned below:

COSuser by OSM
ID-Synch by M-Tech

posted by Henry Jenkins | 10/29/2004 01:02:00 PM

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