I am not sure what Nostradamus had predicted about IT Security and IAM but from Facebook to Adobe, 2013 was a tough year for companies looking to defend against cyber-crimes. There were hundreds of known data breaches in different organizations where billions of records related to personal and financial data were stolen or spilled due to security failures.
2014 would be even tougher as cyber security threats are increasing as quickly as organizations can implement measures against them. At the same time, they have to embrace virtualization and cloud, user mobility and heterogeneous platforms and devices. Protection of exploding volumes of sensitive data at cloud and smart devices would be a serious challenge for organizations of all type.
As IAM falls under the umbrella of IT Security and used to initiate, capture, record and manage user identities and their related access permissions in an automated fashion, 2014 can be predicted as a great year for IAM resources. According to major job sites and recruitment companies, job posting for IAM positions have incredibly increased over the period of last six months.
It’s not always the security; cost reduction has recently considered an important goal for most of the companies. IAM brings down the cost and provides Single Sign On, Automatic Provisioning and Certification Audit by replacing Service Desk staff, Dedicated Provisioning teams and Invalid accesses respectively. I am personally witness of more than 30% cost reduction on user licenses; whenever Certification Audit is first time applied on IT Systems of an Organization.
Another opinion is that Universities don't understand this specialty and IAM is generally not considered more than one lecture in System Admin’s class, or probably one or two demonstrations in Security Specialization. This could be the one reason that demand has consistently outstripped the supply of resources and could lead to a shortage of IAM experts.