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SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance Delivers Dynamic Insights and Continuous Access Monitoring

June 20, 2016 by SAP News 33

VIENNA — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced plans to roll out a range of governance, risk and compliance cloud services.


Access Analysis Service Designed to Help Reduce Complexity and Costs of Access Governance


SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance, access analysis service, intends to be the first in a planned range of services in a new cloud solution that addresses the growing market demand for identity as a service (IDaaS). This announcement was made at the SAPinsider governance, risk and compliance (GRC) conference being held June 20–22 in Vienna, Austria.

IDaaS provides a set of infrastructure functions that, taken together, allow a single sign-on for the cloud. Built upon SAP HANA Cloud Platform, the SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance service is designed to help organizations centrally manage identities and optimize compliance processes across their business.

“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. “Our first service, access analysis, is designed to simplify access governance, thereby enabling customers to quickly and reliably assess and mitigate risks to ensure compliance.”

A New Paradigm for Governance and Security

The access analysis service intends to be the first in a planned new range of cloud services from SAP. These services are designed to work independently or in combination, thereby enabling customers to extend and grow their identity and access governance solution according to their business growth and functional needs. It will sit alongside and integrate with an existing cloud identity solution, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, single sign-on, designed for cloud-based secure authentication. Together they will help companies simplify the management of identities across a cloud and on-premise software landscape. More information related to further releases of the SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance service is provided in the product road map for SAP governance, risk and compliance solutions.

Simple in design with an intuitive user interface, SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance provides the intelligence to optimize user system assignments easily in accordance with organization and compliance policies. It helps avoid potential costly access issues involving financial losses and fraud, while reducing ongoing operating costs of auditing and compliance. Customers will benefit from the speed of cloud deployment, which will allow them to identify quickly and remediate potentially costly segregation-of-duty conflicts and critical access issues. Customers will be able to dynamically refine or remove incorrect or unused user roles, helping ensure ongoing compliance while lowering audit costs.

According to Forrester Research Inc., “Identity management and governance (IMG) solutions give security and risk (S&R) pros the ability to provision all users with the appropriate level of access to critical applications and systems, thereby minimizing the risk of users with excessive privileges or orphan accounts that hackers frequently target to exfiltrate sensitive data. Comprehensive IMG platforms provide functionality such as user account provisioning, delegated administration, role management, access request management, user self-service and access certification.”*

General availability of SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance, access analysis service, is planned for the near future.

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*The Forrester Wave™: Identity Management and Governance, Q2 2016 by Merritt Maxim.
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