Identity and access management

Trend 3: Advanced threat detection capabilities strengthen security measures in identity management

Traditional IAM security controls such as MFA are ineffective against modern identity threats. IAM and infrastructure security controls often have significant detection gaps. Identity threat detection and response (ITDR) is a security principle that encloses threat intelligence, processes, tools, and best practices to protect the identity system.

ITDR brings predefined identity threat-specific actions to cover identity breaches and other identity infrastructure attacks. It integrates with existing enterprise security solutions such as extended detection and response (XDR) and endpoint detection and response (EDR). Organizations with mature IAM should focus on the following aspects to address detection gaps and enhance cyberattack preparedness:

  • Perform an audit on the existing IAM infrastructure to address known vulnerabilities in preparation for ITDR.
  • Implement controls with emphasis on identity detection that prioritizes identity tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).
  • Execute a robust response using tools and processes to eradicate, recover from, and remediate identity threats.

Advanced AI assists and improvises the user behavior detection process by analyzing and profiling patterns and responding to threats. Organizations integrate tools and processes, evaluate existing tools aligned with ITDR architecture, and incrementally deploy zero-trust capabilities to enhance ITDR.

A top German specialty chemical company sought a standardized identity security operation model to proactively detect identity-related threats and vulnerabilities. Infosys helped it establish robust protection control processes using Microsoft tools, including ITDR.

Identity and access management

Trend 4: Verifiable credentials/decentralized identity and passwordless authentication strengthen digital identity ecosystem security

The zero-trust model maintains that all users or devices, irrespective of their access location, are authenticated and authorized to access requested applications or services. It encompasses the following:

  • Identity as the central focus.
  • Minimal reliance on traditional edge firewalls with VPN.
  • Frictionless and secure access to resources with MFA (i.e., identity/device verification).
  • Assurance of security principles enforcement across all access tiers.

As IAM evolves, organizations should embrace AI-driven governance, decentralized identity models, and a user-centric approach. Continuous compliance monitoring and context-aware access control strengthen security, while integration with emerging technologies ensures relevance. This transformation promotes decentralized identity solutions built on blockchain technology and passwordless authentication to eliminate credential compromise. Users get enhanced control over their data through self-sovereign identity frameworks, backed by blockchain's immutability, preventing identity theft and data breaches

A North American food and support services player aimed to transform its access management user experience through passwordless authentication. Infosys helped the firm design, implement, and roll out Windows Hello for Business (WHFB) for its enterprise users.