Aaron Beaudoin

Advanced Enterprise-Wide SOD Violation Analysis & Visibility

Blog Post created by Aaron Beaudoin Employee on Mar 19, 2019

As part of the RSA Identity Governance and Lifecycle 7.1.1 Service Pack release we are excited to introduce advanced Segregation of Duty (SOD) violation analysis capabilities that make it even easier for global organizations to identify and remediate where this risky access truly exists in their organization.

To scale at the enterprise level, across thousands of applications and hundreds of millions of entitlements, Segregation of Duty policy analysis needs not only examine if access on one side of the equation is in violation with access that is on the other side (for example, the ability to submit a check request and the ability to approve a check) but also inspect deeper and across business processes to determine if there is a false positive violation present or there is truly a violation and inappropriate access.

In this example, a user should not have the ability to submit a check and approve a check in the payroll expense system and accounting system. However, they may have the ability to approve a check request in the contractor management and vendor management systems. If organizations look at just the ability to submit and approve checks as violations, false-positives would be detected. This will lead to an overhead to cleanup before violations are sent to business users or policy managers or even having to create thousands of rules – which is unmanageable!

With this new and advanced SOD detection and correlation analysis, organizations can create a few number of rules that look across the enterprise and evaluate if the access is truly a violation. This is an advanced analysis that can look across the entire global set of applications and entitlements and determine not only if there is access that is truly in violation (based on a common business interface / application relationship), but also to reduce and virtually eliminate the number of false positives that can be typically be presented when just looking at two sides of the equation.

This analysis is performed at the business application level and determining if entitlements across both sides are in violation based on a “correlation” between the applications. That correlation is where the applications are considered part of the same business process, such as if they interface with each other. Following the example, instead of creating hundreds of rules to look for a submit and approve toxic access combinations, organizations can create a single rule that looks for these access types, using a correlation to identify where access should be considered a violation and access that is found on one side (but no correlating access on the other), is not a violation.

Otherwise without the correlation of the business applications the potential for several false positive violations surface. This creates a burden on the team to clean up before sending out violation to address or if not cleaned up before, creates a mess of information that is inaccurate and creating the potential for appropriate access to be inadvertently removed.

Organizations can effectively analyze across their enterprise applications where risky access exists and truly represents a SOD policy violation; therefore, reducing risk by quickly getting access violations in-front of the right people for review and remediation. In concert with this advanced analysis, a simplified and streamlined new policy violation review and remediation user experience has also been added.   

 For additional information on this update – please check out this additional context:

  • New SOD Policy Analysis Capabilities:

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