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Almost 100% of Higher Ed CIOs Surveyed Agree That Automation Is Required to Ensure Compliance and IAM Best Practices
[November 19, 2020]

Almost 100% of Higher Ed CIOs Surveyed Agree That Automation Is Required to Ensure Compliance and IAM Best Practices


According to a recent survey on identity and access management (IAM) best practices in higher education institutions, CIOs consider Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) the best approach. However, IAM automation also needs to be a top priority - proving a conflict between what respondents have implemented today and what best practices truly are.

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Higher Education Institutions can combat hackers with Identity Automation (Photo: Business Wire)

Higher Education Institutions can combat hackers with Identity Automation (Photo: Business Wire)

The survey, conducted by Pulse on behalf of Hitachi ID, focused on changes in priorities for IT leaders in higher ed, emphasizing reducing risk using fewer resources. Automation - a key business enabler - is becoming paramount. Almost all leaders surveyed agree that a governance-first initiative is the most effective way to initiate and manage an ongoing IAM program, and also report they plan to automate 100% of their IAM processes.

The pandemic has threatened most institutions' IT budgets, with 100% of CIOs reporting that budgets and existing infrastructure investments are preventing full IAM automation. Due to these new 2020 challenges, 93% of respondents say managing the provisioning and de-provisioning ofentitlements has become more challenging this year without automation.



As a result, 99% of these executives say that automating IAM processes that specifically handle the increasing number of layoffs and resources privileged users can access would help them boost the productivity and security of their organization.

The main business benefits of automation identified include:


  • reducing institutional security risk (69%),
  • boosted confidence in compliance status (65%)
  • and a shift from reactive to proactive threat detection (59%).

"Higher ed CIOs and IT Leaders are understandably conflicted between governance and automation," said Kevin Nix, CEO at Hitachi (News - Alert) ID. "The market has told them for years that a governance-first approach is the best practice for IAM. By implementing automation, they can improve governance and certification while keeping within budget. Hackers use automation - why shouldn't higher ed?"

Other survey findings include:

  • Three-quarters of higher ed CIOs say executive buy-in impedes automation.
  • While only 13% of higher education IT executives cite the improvement of end-user experience (UX) as the main benefit they hope to derive from IAM automation, two thirds (67%) rate UX's influence over the IAM roadmap as at least a 4 on a scale of 1-5.
  • Nearly all (99%) respondents believe their organization's security and productivity would benefit from automation IAM processes that specifically handle the increasing number of layoffs and resources privileged users can access.

Pulse (News - Alert) surveyed from September 2 to October 2, 2020, polling 100 CIOs at Higher Education Institutions larger than 1,000 employees. To have a link to the report emailed to you, fill out the form on this page

About Pulse Q&A

Pulse is a social research platform and interactive community reimagining innovation decision-making for the rapidly changing business world. Pulse combines the best parts of survey, research, and professional networking to democratize information: providing real data, from real people, in real-time. Currently, a platform with over 20k highly engaged CIOs and CISOs, Pulse brings business leaders together in an exclusive, verified community to share information and ideas and collaborate on the next frontiers of innovation. Download the Pulse Q&A app, or learn more at home.pulse.qa.

About Hitachi ID Systems (News - Alert), Inc.

Hitachi ID delivers decades of experience and the industry's only single Identity, Privileged Access, Threat Detection and Password Management platform, the Hitachi ID Bravura Security Fabric. Building on more than twenty years of deep domain experience, Hitachi ID is positioned as an analyst-recognized leader, and is part of the global "One Hitachi" portfolio.

To learn more about Hitachi ID Systems (News - Alert), visit Hitachi ID's website, e-mail info@Hitachi-ID.com, call 1.403.233.0740, or follow @Hitachi_ID on Twitter (News - Alert).


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