What is ISPM? - Adaptive Shield

What is ISPM?

Identity Security Posture Management (ISPM) is the practice of securing the digital identities that access the SaaS stack. It ensures that only authorized users have access to company-controlled applications and data. ISPM is a key piece of SaaS security, managing human and non-human accounts and controlling their level of access to prevent breaches and account takeover attacks.

Getting to Know ISPM

Identity Security Posture Management is a proactive approach to security that can help your organization prevent identity-based attacks before they start.

How does ISPM work?

ISPM uses data from the Identity Provider (IdP) and SaaS user logs to manage users. It triggers alerts when accounts require deprovisioning or have remained dormant for a considerable period of time.

What are ISPM tools?

ISPMs use multifactor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), and role-based access controls (RBAC) to limit access and ensure user permissions follow the principle of least privilege.

What type of user data is visible in the platform?

Adaptive Shield’s user inventory displays all users, the applications they can access, privileged roles, devices used to access applications, and any failed security checks that couple compromise the application.

Adaptive Shield’s ISPM

Adaptive Shield fully automates security management throughout the increasingly complex SaaS app stack.

Management of Human & Non-human Identities

Adaptive Shield’s platform simplifies account management for human and non-human identities. It provides deep visibility into human users, service accounts, OAuth authorizations, and API keys that are typically authenticated once and then granted continuous access. This monitoring includes centralized identity management, making it easy to review permissions granted, and allows security teams to enforce corporate policies on these accounts.

The Relationship Between SSPM and ISPM

ISPM is an integral piece of SSPM. It focuses on the prevention side of SaaS security, working within the confines of the SaaS application to review user configurations and ensure that they are designed to keep threat actors away. ISPM is involved in detecting malicious third-party applications, limiting external users to non-privileged SaaS roles, and consolidating individual users with multiple accounts into a single, accountable user account.




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