About This ShortList

In today's interconnected world, ensuring the right people have access to the right resources at the right time is paramount. Enter Access Management (AM), a comprehensive approach to controlling access to data, applications, and systems, safeguarding sensitive information and protecting against unauthorized activity. AM helps mitigate the risk of unauthorized access, data breaches, and privilege abuse by implementing robust access control measures.

When users with authorized access misuse their privileges to perform unauthorized actions, it can lead to serious security incidents. Access Management helps define clear roles and permissions, limiting the potential for privilege abuse. Weak access controls are often a contributing factor in data breaches. By controlling access to sensitive data and enforcing access policies, organizations can significantly reduce the risk of data breaches. Manual user provisioning, password management, and access reviews can be time-consuming and prone to errors. Access Management solutions automate these processes, improving efficiency and reducing the risk of human error. It also helps ensure compliance to data privacy regulations and industry standards by adhering to strict access control practices.

The Access Management market is thriving, projected to reach $25 billion by 2029. This growth reflects the increasing complexity of IT environments, the proliferation of sensitive data, and the need for robust security measures to prevent unauthorized access and data breaches.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Identity and Access Governance (IAM): Provides central management of user identities, access entitlements, and permissions, ensuring consistent and secure access control across diverse systems.
  • Single Sign-On (SSO): Enables users to access multiple applications with a single set of credentials, improving user experience and reducing password fatigue.
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Adds an extra layer of security by requiring additional verification factors beyond just a username and password, significantly reducing the risk of unauthorized access.
  • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC): Grants access based on predefined roles and permissions, minimizing the risk of privilege abuse and data breaches.
  • Auditing and Reporting: Tracks user activity and access attempts, providing valuable insights for security investigations and compliance reporting.
  • Adaptive Authentication: AI can analyze user behavior and context (location, device type) to dynamically adjust authentication requirements, balancing security with convenience.
  • Risk-Based Access Control: AI can assess user risk based on various factors (login history, device security) and grant or deny access accordingly, providing more granular control.
  • Automated Threat Detection: AI-powered AM solutions can analyze access logs and identify suspicious activity patterns, preventing unauthorized access and data breaches.

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 34 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects market share and internal research.

  • AWS
  • Cisco
  • CyberArk
  • ForgeRock
  • Ping Identity
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Okta
  • OneLogin

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Each Constellation ShortList is updated at least once per year. Updates may occur after six months if deemed necessary.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients can work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this Constellation ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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