SAP cloud identity solution first in series to improve access governance

SAP has announced an access analysis service, SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance, which is the first in a series of cloud-based governance, risk and compliance services the company plans to release to address the growing need for identity-as-a-service (IDaaS).

Built on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP), the first new service is designed to simplify access governance and to help organisations centrally manage identities and assess and mitigate risks to optimise compliance processes across the enterprise.

“We are building upon our extensive experience with GRC and security to help customers harness the latest security and performance benefits of SAP HANA Cloud Platform,” said Kevin McCollom, head of solution management for GRC solutions, SAP.

SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance is designed to optimise user system assignments to align with both organisation and compliance policies. According to SAP, the service will help businesses avoid potential expensive access issues such as those involving financial losses and fraud. At the same time, it will reduce the ongoing operating costs of auditing and compliance.

The cloud deployment will ensure that businesses can quickly identify and address critical access issues as well as potentially costly segregation-of-duty conflicts. Customers will have the ability to dynamically refine or remove incorrect or unused user roles, which will enable organisations to lower audit costs while ensuring ongoing compliance.

The new access analysis service, scheduled for general release in Q3 2016, will work in conjunction with existing cloud identity solution, SAP HCP single sign-on, which provides cloud-based secure authentication. Together, they are designed to help organisations simplify identity management across a cloud and on-premise environment.

The new series of services is being designed to be employed independently or in combination, enabling organisations to expand their identity and access governance services to match their own functional requirements and pace of growth.