What is Identity Security Posture Management?

Aug 28, 2023

Aug 28, 2023

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3 mins

By managing user identities, authentication mechanisms, and access permissions effectively, organizations can bolster their security posture and reduce the risk of data breaches and unauthorized activities; the foundations of SaaS-Identity Risk Management.

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In today's digital age, where information flows seamlessly and connectivity is paramount, the security of digital identities has taken center stage in the realm of cybersecurity.  

Naturally, opportunistic attackers are never far behind when it comes to spotting and exploiting the chinks in this newly formed armor of complexity. They deftly leverage this milieu of confusion, orchestrating account takeovers, manipulating purloined credentials, and unerringly expanding the breadth of their attacks.  

Intriguingly, despite the notable upswing in investments channeled into Identity and Access Management (IAM), zero-trust frameworks, and other identity-centric security and risk management solutions, a startling eight out of ten breaches today can be traced back to compromised identities. This sobering statistic serves as an unequivocal testament to a problem that, despite efforts, remains obstinately unsolved: the intricate web of identity security is undeniably fractured.

Organizations are grappling with the challenges of safeguarding sensitive data, preventing unauthorized access, and mitigating the risks posed by cyber threats. This is where Identity Security Posture Management (ISPM) emerges as a critical strategy, employing a multifaceted approach to fortify digital identities and enhance overall cybersecurity.

What is Identity Security Posture Management?

Identity Security Posture Management, often abbreviated as ISPM, encompasses a comprehensive set of strategies, processes, and technologies aimed at protecting digital identities from malicious actors and cyber vulnerabilities. At its core, ISPM seeks to ensure that the right individuals have access to the right resources and data at the right times. By managing user identities, authentication mechanisms, and access permissions effectively, organizations can bolster their security posture and reduce the risk of data breaches and unauthorized activities.

ISPM also includes weaving together the various programs for securing an organization's digital identities. It involves the processes, technologies, and policies used to manage identities and access rights across an organization's IT systems and applications to get a holistic picture of an identity’s risk profile and identifying the actions to manage that risk. ISPM is independent of devices and networks and includes identities used beyond the enterprise perimeter.

ISPM cannot be achieved with a single product and requires a portfolio of identity security solutions that are integrated and operate as a system.  It typically involves the following key security and IT programs: 

Identity Governance and Administration (IGA): This involves managing user identities, access rights, and permissions across various systems and applications within the organization. Establishing policies, procedures, and roles to ensure that identities are created, managed, and revoked appropriately. This involves defining user roles, access levels, and approval workflows.

Identity and Access Management (IAM): This involves implementing technologies such as, single sign-on (SSO) and password management tools to secure user access to systems and applications, especially implementing strong authentication mechanisms such as multi-factor authentication (MFA). Authorization ensures that users have the appropriate permissions to access specific resources based on their roles, which is why identities have remained the primary target for would-be attackers.

Privileged Access Management (PAM): This involves managing and monitoring privileged accounts and access to sensitive systems and data, to prevent unauthorized access and ensure compliance with policies. Privileged access is also a critical part of regulatory requirements, and security and IT teams need to ensure that identity management practices align with regulatory requirements and industry standards — which includes regular audits help verify that access controls are properly maintained.

Identity Analytics and Risk Intelligence: Managing the entire lifecycle of digital identities, including onboarding, role changes, transfers, and offboarding, to ensure that access remains appropriate and secure. In the fast-paced world of modern work, SaaS apps can churn or change in a blink, and nearly half of all SaaS services in an organization’s portfolio changes each year. This involves using data analytics tools to monitor user behavior and identify potential security threats, as well as assess and mitigate risks associated with user access and permissions and requires continuous discovery to detect SaaS and identity sprawl as it happens.

Identity Security Fabric Architecture: A security architecture that provides identity-based protection for an organization's assets, systems, and data. It's designed to secure access and transactions by using identity as the foundation for security policies, controls, and threat protection. 

With a departure from the trend of incessantly stacking more tools atop an already convoluted identity landscape, ISPM harness the power of synergy. By optimizing and harmonizing existing Identity and Access Management (IAM), Identity Governance and Administration (IGA), Identity Security Architecture, and Privileged Access Management (PAM) tools, these platforms magnify the return on investment for the entire security apparatus. They ensure that these tools aren't just functional but that they align seamlessly with identity security benchmarks and industry guidelines.

How Grip Can Help

Security and IT teams leverage Grip’s advanced email analysis and integrations with identity security systems to identify all web apps, SaaS, and cloud accounts being used and how users access them. Grip’s AI-powered processing can analyze emails and detect SaaS events gathered from additional systems to provide a comprehensive view of the security posture of SaaS identify risks — including each time and corporate identity is used online.  

Discover All SaaS Usage

Grip provides a comprehensive and automated discovery process that uncovers all SaaS apps and cloud accounts used within the organization. No apps or accounts remain hidden.

Prioritize SaaS Identity Risks

Security teams can prioritize risks based on their severity and potential impact on the organization's security posture. High priority issues can be addressed promptly.

Secure Shadow SaaS and Rogue Cloud Accounts

Grip actively detects and secures shadow SaaS applications and rogue cloud accounts that often go undetected. Providing visibility allows security teams to take action and reduce costs.

Orchestrate Risk Mitigation or Remediation

Grip provides actionable steps security teams can take in response to identified risks. It offers automated incident response capabilities, enabling rapid and effective resolution of risks. 

Get started with a free SaaS-Identity Risk Assessment


The rapid metamorphosis of the identity landscape, driven by the relentless march of technological innovation, has ushered in a new age of complexity and vulnerability. Once-contained identities have proliferated, morphing into an intricate mosaic that beckons attackers with its alluring potential. Yet, even in the face of heightened investments in identity security, breaches continue to surge, underscoring the ineluctable fact that identity security remains a daunting challenge.  

With Grip, organizations can emerge from the swamp of SaaS-Identity chaos and begin to understand, analyze, and secure the SaaS-Identity risk landscape.  

Get started with a free assessment. Grip is your new partner in SaaS-Identity Risk Management.  

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