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SailPoint: Redefining Identity Governance

Mark McClain, Co-Founder & CEO, SailPointMark McClain, Co-Founder & CEO The world is more advanced and interconnected than it has ever been and this interconnectivity is only anticipated to grow in the future. But the advances come at a cost. Although it has become far easier to gain information and access through channels like IoT and multichannel technology; businesses need to secure their sensitive information against cyberattacks in order to keep their organizations afloat. It is pertinent to note that the manner in which organizations are being attacked is shifting—and today the workforce has transformed into the fodder. Employees, contractors, vendors, partners are the keys to accessing sensitive data, and it is quicker and easier to fool a person than it is to penetrate a network. Identity is becoming the attack vector of choice for hackers.

Identity governance—secure access to applications and data by knowing and controlling who has access to what—is giving organizations the power to build a modern security infrastructure that is centered around users and their access to organizational data. By starting at the source and managing the easiest target in organizations today, its people, businesses can find a way to move forward without fear. With the power of identity, organizations can curb the growing security concerns and bring forth an environment where one can see all the accessible information across cloud and on-premises applications and minimize the risks associated with user access.

SailPoint is one of the pioneers to bring business users into the identity conversation. The company develops identity solutions through the lens of solving business challenges and converts identity from an IT expense to culminate into an important part of the enterprise. Their industry-leading identity platform empowers enterprises to protect critical digital resources and propel their success by enabling users to access the applications and data they need—where, when, and how they need it.

In 2005, Mark McClain, CEO and co-founder and Kevin Cunningham, chief strategy officer and co-founder of SailPoint set out to create a new type of company: one that promised to provide innovative solutions to business. The world is more advanced and interconnected than it has ever been and this interconnectivity is only anticipated to grow in the future. But the advances come at a cost. Although it has become far easier to gain information and access through channels like IoT and multichannel technology; businesses need to secure their sensitive information against cyberattacks in order to keep their organizations afloat. It is pertinent to note that the manner in which organizations are being attacked is shifting—and today the workforce has transformed into the fodder. Employees, contractors, vendors, partners are the keys to accessing sensitive data, and it is quicker and easier to fool a person than it is to penetrate a network. Identity is becoming the attack vector of choice for hackers.

SailPoint is one of the pioneers to bring business users into the identity conversation. The company develops identity solutions through the lens of solving business challenges and converts identity from an IT expense to culminate into an important part of the enterprise. Their industry-leading identity platform empowers enterprises to protect critical digital resources and propel their success by enabling users to access the applications and data they need—where, when, and how they need it.

SailPoint believes identity is not just an IT security issue, but a business enabler and through the power of identity. one can enter new markets, forge new partnerships, expand workforce, and implement new technologies


In 2005, Mark McClain, CEO and co-founder and Kevin Cunningham, chief strategy officer and co-founder of SailPoint set out to create a new type of company: one that promised to provide innovative solutions to business problems and an exciting, collaborative work environment for identity rock stars. Together, they are redefining identity’s place in the security ecosystem. The duo loves taking on new challenges, holding themselves to the highest standards, and delivering on their promises to customers. “Creating a great company doesn’t happen by accident. It takes leadership and focus from the top, an innovative work environment that attracts the best talent in the industry, and a collective passion to solve customer problems,” says McClain.

"We’re laser focused on ensuring the success of our customers; and finally, we’ve built the world’s largest partner network to deliver identity expertise in every region and industry"

Identity: A Business Enabler

In SailPoint’s hundreds of identity governance implementations, from replacing outdated legacy solutions to starting a brand new security program from square one, they have seen it all. According to the team experts from SailPoint, when an organization incorporates a robust identity governance process and solution—one that addresses structured and unstructured data—they can look to the future without the looming fear of data breaches. One can not only detect but mitigate a data breach, Identity gives organizations the power to say “yes” to opportunities and enhance their business opportunities.

SailPoint believes identity is not just an IT security issue, but a business enabler and through the power of identity, one can enter new markets, forge new partnerships, expand workforce, and implement new technologies. SailPoint’s open identity platform gives customers the competitive advantage they need and the power to move forward securely and confidently. As both an industry pioneer and market leader in identity governance, SailPoint delivers security, operational efficiency, and compliance to enterprises with complex IT environments. SailPoint’s customers are among the world’s largest companies in virtually every industry, including: 9 of the top banks, 7 of the top retail brands, 6 of the top healthcare providers, 6 of the top property and casualty insurance providers, and 6 of the top pharmaceutical companies. “When preparedness meets opportunity, success happens. SailPoint recognized an emerging problem, found a way to address it, and now has the leading solution for one of today’s top business and technology challenges,” adds Cunningham.

Easy Identity Management

Managing access to information in today’s dynamic, data-driven environment is a challenge, one that requires much more from identity and access management (IAM) solutions than ever before. SailPoint is one of the recognized leaders in IAM and by leveraging IdentityIQ and its Open Identity Platform, organizations can put IAM at the center of their security and IT strategy, allowing them to easily see and govern access across the entire enterprise including systems and applications found on-premises and in the cloud.
IdentityIQ is SailPoint’s identity and access management solution for enterprise customers that prefer an on-premises deployment.

IdentityIQ helps users effectively participate in a wide variety of IAM processes, including automated access certifications, policy management, access request and provisioning, password management, and identity intelligence. And, with resource connectors included as part of the base platform, it delivers out-of-the-box integration to a wide variety of applications running in the data center or the cloud. Uniquely, it also provides the option of a staged on-ramp to the cloud—for customers that need an on-premises solution, but also might want the future-proofing ability to transition over time to IAM-as-a-service (IDaaS).

IdentityIQ allows customers to manage access from any device, centralize visibility and governance controls to reduce risk and boost productivity while reducing costs. The difference is clear as IdentityIQ is designed for the business user, translating IT speak into actionable business information and simplifying user experience. IdentityIQ is ready for today’s complex hybrid IT environments and unifying identity management processes across cloud, mobile, and on-premises environments. SailPoint’s governance-based approach centralizes visibility, improves compliance, and minimizes risk by uniformly applying controls across all IAM services—significantly lowering deployment costs.

In an instance, one of the leading providers of saving and paying-for-college programs, Sallie Mae which services billions of dollars in education loans and college-savings plans needed a cost-effective alternative to expensive manual processes for demonstrating compliance with federal regulations such as SOX, PCI, and FISMA, and for conducting SAS 70 audits. Sallie Mae chose SailPoint IdentityIQ to improve compliance performance while saving time and money. The new automated processes eliminated time-consuming spreadsheets and cumbersome manual reviews, simplified IT administration during access certification, and improved oversight into identity data.

Protecting the Future

Another offering from SailPoint—IdentityNow has become a key component in the quest of organizations to enhance their identity security. Through the solution, enterprises can take advantage of all the cost savings, simplicity, and flexibility offered by the cloud in a way that is secure and compliant with corporate policy. This provides users with enterprise-grade identity governance capabilities that are always available, always up-to-date, and accessible from any device, at any time. Its different features including IdentityNow Provisioning, IdentityNow, and IdentityNow Password Management empower business users with a truly mobile business experience featuring a simple user interface with intuitive self-service features.

Today, SailPoint has a long track record of driving innovation and powering successful customers in identity management. The company has been a pioneer in the identity governance market, and has been one of the first to deliver governance-based provisioning offering both an on-prem and a native SaaS enterprise-grade identity governance suite.

“Enterprises require an identity governance solution that enables them to securely manage their hybrid IT ecosystems in order to confidently deliver the right level of access to their users, at the right time, regardless of where or how they’re accessing the applications,” says Cunningham. SailPoint continues to extend their reach in the identity governance market because of three key reasons; “first, we continue to out innovate the market and deliver meaningful capabilities that our customers require; second, we’re laser focused on ensuring the success of our customers; and finally, we’ve built the world’s largest partner network to deliver identity expertise in every region and industry.”
- Aaron Pierce
    July 31, 2018