Digital innovation is essential for a company. It brings about improvements by streamlining processes to speed up time to market and create a competitive advantage.
The success of digital transformation is not a foregone conclusion. You can effectively double your chances of success by supporting digital transformation with a change in the access of your staff. Changing the identity of workers is about providing seamless access to your employees, while minimizing friction and increasing the security of your business.
The balance between hassle-free access and strong security is hard to find, but it’s not as hard as you think. By making staff identification as the new security perimeter, you can give your staff the secure access they need.
Here are three ways that workforce identity supports Zero Trust productivity and security:
Promote increased productivity
Increasing productivity and improving efficiency are among the key drivers of digital transformation. But your staff needs uninterrupted access to resources to realize these benefits. If they need to create and remember passwords for multiple resources, they spend more time than necessary gaining access.
Using a zero-trust, identity-centric security approach helps give the right employees access to the right digital tools at the right time, even in a remote work environment. One of the first steps to zero trust is to assess and likely modernize existing identity features for your staff.
Free up IT resources
Requiring workforce users to create and remember multiple login credentials to gain access not only slows them down, but also your IT team. Time spent testing supporting legacy systems, resolving password reset requests, and helping application teams integrate applications that distract from the digital innovation initiatives that will drive your business.
Protection against cyber threats
Digital transformation can also expose you to new vulnerabilities. An increasingly mobile and diverse workforce requires a zero-trust security strategy to protect against growing threats. This approach involves moving to identity -centered security rather than the perimeter of the network. Enterprise IT must keep pace with growing demand or threatened business units that use identical IT and siled approaches that expose security risks. The identity of the workers should be an asset to the business.
Increase business agility
Digital transformation forces your business to grow rapidly. At the same time, businesses are deploying more applications in the cloud to take advantage of reduced infrastructure costs and increased performance. But, unless you are comfortable with a replacement approach, you also need to live together with current systems.
Support smart cloud migration
Cloud first is the core philosophy of many digital innovation initiatives. But moving to the cloud is rarely that easy. Your move can’t happen overnight, and it shouldn’t. More likely you will need to support a hybrid computing environment as new resources are brought on board and old ones are transferred. This can be a temporary fix or a long-term solution if you have critical old resources that are too dangerous or too expensive to move and are best kept in place.
If you’re looking for an easy way to measure and explain the business case, use the interactive Employee Identity Business Value Tool to get a rough estimate of the financial value of increasing productivity, security and agility for your business.