Best Methods To Manage Third Party / Non-Employee Identities

April 13, 2023

How to effectively manage third party / non-employee identities

Managing third-party identities can be a challenging task, particularly for organizations that work with a large number of vendors and partners. However, it is essential to manage third-party identities to ensure that only authorized individuals have access to sensitive data and systems. In this blog post, we will explore some best practices for managing third-party identities.

  1. Establish a clear policy for third-party access

It is essential to establish a clear policy for third-party access to your organization's resources. This policy should outline the requirements for accessing your systems, applications, and data, as well as the procedures for granting and revoking access. The policy should also define the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in the access management process.

  1. Verify the identity of third-party users

Before granting access to third-party users, it is essential to verify their identity. This can be done by requiring them to provide government-issued identification documents or other forms of proof of identity. You can also consider using multi-factor authentication, such as SMS or email-based authentication, to ensure that only authorized individuals have access to your systems.

  1. Regularly review and update access permissions

It is important to regularly review and update access permissions for third-party users. This can help ensure that only authorized individuals have access to your systems and data. You should review access permissions on a regular basis and revoke access for users who no longer require it.

  1. Monitor third-party activity

You should monitor the activity of third-party users to ensure that they are using your systems and data appropriately. This can help you detect any unauthorized access or suspicious activity and take appropriate action to prevent data breaches or other security incidents.

  1. Implement a third-party identity management solution

A third-party identity management solution can help you manage the identities of third-party users more effectively. This solution can automate access management tasks, such as provisioning and deprovisioning access to resources. It can also provide visibility into third-party activity and help you detect any anomalies that may indicate a security breach.

Managing third-party identities is essential for ensuring the security of your organization's data and systems. By establishing a clear policy for third-party access, verifying the identity of third-party users, regularly reviewing and updating access permissions, monitoring third-party activity, and implementing a third-party identity management solution, you can manage third-party identities more effectively and reduce the risk of data breaches and other security incidents.

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Mohammed Elkhatib

Founder and CEO

Mohammed is an Identity Management and Access Governance thought leader with over 16 years of Information Security experience and over 20 years of IT and Business experience. Mohammed has worked with over 500 Identity Management and Access Governance clients. Mohammed’s significant and numerous contributions at the most successful Identity and Access related startups have led to three successful exits in excess of $825MM.

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