As we look at the identity trends that are shaping up to dominate 2023, we see a familiar challenge: how to stay secure while still delivering a good user experience—and doing so in a way that makes business and financial sense. But while the overall challenge remains constant, the specific nature of threats to security and the best ways to respond to them do not; they are constantly evolving based on factors ranging from the security threat landscape to world events and economic conditions.

As the company that has been helping organizations tackle identity challenges for decades, RSA is in a particularly good position to make some observations about what’s ahead in identity and access management (IAM) for the rest of this year. Here’s a snapshot of the trends we see emerging; for a deeper dive, download our new eBook Top Trends in Identity for 2023:

Platform Convergence

Security Impact: An integrated, persistent lens into the complex IT estates that threat actors are targeting and the IAM targets they prioritise.

Business Impact: A single platform to reduce cost and management inefficiencies of multiple solutions and vendors.

Identity Governance and Administration (IGA)

Security Impact: Access controls to prevent security failures; foundational capabilities for zero trust

Business Impact: Processes in place to efficiently meet regulatory requirements for access controls and provision access at scale.

Passwordless Authentication

Security Impact: A response to credentials-based attacks, which has been a leading cause of data breaches for the last 15 years.

Business Impact: A better experience for users who are increasingly suffering from password overload.

Elevating Access

Security Impact: Single sign-on reduces the number of access points available to threat actors.

Business Impact: Reduced IT help desk costs associated with requests for password resets.

True Hybrid IAM

Security Impact: Protection of the entire IT estate, even if it includes cloud and on-premises operations.