Identity Access Management & Governance

Forming an Identity Governance Board

A successfully managed Identity Access Management (IAM) Program must meet many needs. It is more than a project - as it touches multiple processes and business functions and may involve numerous stakeholders. Forming an Identity Governance Board will help you achieve best-of-class results within your industry.


The purpose of the Identity Governance Board is to form a partnership to provide leadership and guidance for the Identity Governance program in three main areas:

  1. Set the mission for compliance and security needs
  2. Strengthen relationships among the business and stakeholders
  3. Improve the security posture of the enterprise

Forming an Identity Governance Board

  • Define Executive Sponsors who will
    • Provide executive support
    • Sponsor the business case
    • Expedite the approval to proceed
    • Secure cross-functional involvement
    • Monitor progress
    • Break down barriers
    • Be the cheerleader for the program
  • Identify Stakeholders and enlist Steering Committee members from
    • Identity & Access Management (IAM)
    • Information Security
    • Business Units
    • Human Resources
    • Finance
    • Infrastructure
    • Program Management Office (PMO)
    • Audit & Compliance
    • Legal
    • and other as needed

Duties of the Identity Governance Board

  • Establish the Business Case for IAM goals
  • Prioritize objectives
  • Establish accurate Reporting to ensure that decisions are based on the best possible information
  • Identify risks and develop a mitigation plan
  • Provide guidance concerning regulatory and privacy policies & procedures - as well as issue resolution
  • The IGB “owns/defines” the Identity Data Model
  • Responsible for identity data cleanup efforts and securing data
  • Directs Business Process Definition efforts to move from as-is toward to-be.
  • Enacts Role Modeling projects. Drives efforts for role standardization.