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What is physical identity and access management (PIAM)?

Physical Identity and Access Management PIAM)

While security professionals might think Physical Identity and Access Management (PIAM) is only for larger organizations with big budgets, the technology is now available for companies of all sizes who need to deliver physical access in a more granular way and better manage their safety, security and compliance obligations.

In this article, we will help you understand what PIAM is, its basic features, its benefits and why it’s important.

What is PIAM?

PIAM is a framework of business processes, policies and technologies that orchestrate the management of identities and their physical access to facilities. With a PIAM framework in place, physical security managers can holistically control physical access at the role, policy or attribute level for every employee, contractor, vendor, customer or visitor.

These technologies typically enforce user physical access profiles through integrations with physical access control systems. They may also integrate with HR, ERP, learning management or other corporate systems to support the ongoing management of the physical identity.

PIAM systems can be deployed on-premise or deployed in a hybrid-cloud model.

On a functional level, physical identity and access management solutions have the following features:

What are the benefits of PIAM

One of the main features of PIAM solutions is the automation of core physical access management processes. PIAM systems can be used to initiate, approve, record and update user access profiles and their related physical access permissions in a way that improves productivity, lowers processing cost and improves security and compliance outcomes. PIAM systems deliver the following benefits:

Why is PIAM important?

PIAM automates physical access management tasks, removing human error and enabling attribute-based physical access controls to be put in place. This ensures that people only have the physical access they need to do their job, which improves safety and security outcomes. Additionally, it delivers a full audit trail of physical access management processes so that companies can demonstrate compliance to their auditors.

Businesses leaders and security departments were always responsible for the security of corporate facilities, and the protection of the people, information and assets they contain.

The global pandemic has fundamentally changed how often workers need to go into the workplace and the physical access rights they need to do their job. The manual processes companies used to manage physical access are now a safety, security and compliance risk they cannot afford.

It is clear that companies can gain quantifiable safety, security, productivity and compliance advantages by implementing PIAM tools integrated into the existing physical access control system.

To find out more about RightCrowd PIAM solutions contact us.

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