Sécurité Cloud #Silicon Innovation Award

Sécurité Cloud #Silicon Innovation Award

Lauréat d’argent dans la catégorie Sécurité Cloud. A l’occasion de la soirée de remise des trophées des Silicon Innovation Awards, mercredi 03 juillet 2019, Brainwave GRC a reçu pour la deuxième année consécutive, un lauréat dans la catégorie « Sécurité Cloud ». L’événement, présidé par 20 décideurs du monde de l’IT et de l’Innovation, membres du Jury, célèbrent les solutions technologiques et applications qui portent en elles les clés de l’évolution et de la transformation des entreprises et organisations. Les lauréats dans la catégorie sécurité cloud sont : Onelogin, Brainwave GRC et Cyberark. La liste des nominés est disponible sous ce lien http://bit.ly/2QHPHmu.

En juillet 2018, Brainwave GRC avait remporté le prix de la meilleure solution de sécurité des nouveaux environnements (sécurité cloud, IOT) dans la catégorie « Sécurité Numérique ».

Brainwave GRC confirme par la répétition de ces différentes nominations, son positionnement d’éditeur européen de solutions « Identity Analytics » de premier plan focalisé sur la protection des entreprises vis-à-vis des cyber-risques tels que la fraude, les fuites de données sensibles ou les attaques externes.


Silicon sécurité cloud 


A propos de Brainwave GRC :
Créée en 2010 Brainwave GRC s’adresse aux entreprises souhaitant maîtriser leurs risques de sécurité et répondre de manière exhaustive, simple et rapide à leurs exigences de conformité réglementaire croissantes liées • aux droits d’accès, • à la gestion des habilitations, • à la séparation des tâches, • et à la protection des données personnelles et des applications sensibles. Aujourd’hui, Brainwave en chiffres c’est : plus de 60 clients à travers le monde, plus de 3 millions d’identités analysées, plus d’1 milliard de droits d’accès controlés, plus de 1000 revues réalisées chaque mois.

A propos de NetMediaGRoup :

NetMediaGroup est un groupe media BtoB de référence des technologies de l’information, dédié aux décisionnaires et professionnels de l’IT dans 4 pays européens (Allemagne, Espagne, France, Italie). Il est éditeur de Silicon.fr, ITEspresso.fr et organisateur d’événements B2B majeurs.

Contact :

Brainwave GRC I [email protected] I 33 1 84 19 04 10 I www.brainwavegrc.com/fr/
Pascal GAYAT I [email protected] I 33 6 74 28 08 91 I www.siliconinnovationawards.com

Cyber Resilience, the new Cybersecurity?

Cyber Resilience, the new Cybersecurity?

Cyber resilience, the new buzz term?


Recently, you have most likely heard or read articles about “cyber resilience”. This term that comes up regularly in the media is presented as the future of cybersecurity. According to Accenture, cyber resilience is “the ability of a company to identify, prevent, detect and respond to technological or process failures and to recover by minimizing negative impacts on its customers, reputational damage and financial losses.”

However, this concept is nothing new, since it was notably defined by the CDSE in 2014 and has been regularly highlighted since the massive attacks on international organizations took place.

In short, the new goal for companies is to move from reactive to preventive mode in the face of increasing security risks. Because, on the one hand, companies are constantly changing, evolving, and reorganizing and, on the other hand, digitization is exploding, with more and more applications and data being needed for the growth of companies. Increasingly, we are seeing businesses taking over information systems by directly subscribing to new services without going through their ISD and sometimes even without informing them.

New practices such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) are also on the rise, giving access to the company’s assets via terminals that the ISD may not always be aware of.

How can we maintain control through cyber resilience?


In this context a holistic and transversal approach in the company is necessary, involving “the individuals, processes, and technologies” as specified by the CDSE. This is what cyber resilience advocates, and that’s what’s new. Companies are reorganizing themselves to master this new concept via a risk-based approach. Cyber security topics, once confined to the chief information security officer alone, are, along with the concept of cyber resilience, in the process of becoming the concern of other teams in the company, including risk management functions.


How to put cyber resilience into practice within companies?


For the CDSE, the implementation of this concept within companies requires the establishment of several essential pillars, which are also described in the NIS Directive: identifying, protecting, detecting, responding to the incident, and recovering systems to ensure continuity of service. While systems and processes are often already in place on the last four pillars, the first “identifying” is a real challenge for companies.

In fact, it requires a better knowledge of the IS, mapping of all assets, identification of the most sensitive to better protect them, and management of the risks. On this first point, the new GDPR regulation, with its processing register and the obligation to carry out data protection impact assessments (PIAs), enables companies to get a foothold.


Access to corporate assets: an axis of analysis that should not be overlooked


Next, still within the “identifying” pillar, one axis should not be neglected: access to the IS. Indeed, the establishment of identity and access governance is essential, in order to identify which people as well as which systems can access these assets, and to verify the legitimacy of such access. These controls must be carried out on an ongoing basis to take account of the movements of the company and of people, as well as changes in the IS. Brainwave GRC also allows the implementation of this governance by mapping access to your critical assets within a few weeks and thus switching to pro-active access analysis.

On the other hand, the automation of the review processes, involving the different teams within the company in a transversal manner, is an important facilitator. By implementing it within your organization, you get validation by managers of the access of persons for whom they are responsible, for example, or validation of access to accounts with privileges by the managers of applications etc… and you can thus detect anomalies upstream with the help of teams, before they are exploited by malicious individuals. To be truly effective, such reviews must be scheduled frequently (once a quarter, or even monthly, depending on the context). They also need to take up as little time as possible in order to gain the support of teams, hence the need to be equipped to optimize and automate them.


This also allows you to respond more efficiently and easily to auditors and thus to comply with the numerous standards and regulations in force (ISO27001, GDPR, SOC etc.).



The annual EIC will take place on May 14-17, 2019 

« The European Identity and Cloud Conference offers a mixture of best practice discussions, visionary presentations, and networking opportunities with a future-oriented community. In other words, more than 800 thought leaders, leading vendors, analysts and end-users get together to be inspired by a list of world-class speakers.

EIC 2019 provides you with a comprehensive overview of future trends in Internet security as well as practical information about current projects.

Every year the agenda focuses on the latest and most relevant Information Security and Digital Identity topics to offer the foundation to design the right digital identity and security strategies. Hear about emerging trends in order to be prepared to meet and exceed present and future business, identity and security challenges »

You will attend the event this year,  why don’t you meet Brainwave GRC?
When and where?

  • At booth 4C2: the Brainwave GRC’s expert team will be present during the 2,5 days of exhibition (May 14-16)
    More infos: http://bit.ly/2XfPtTq
  •  In the Expo Area: Wintergarten at the expert stage with a speaking slot “Access Certification Campaigns that work”, on Thursday, May 16 th , 2.50 p.m to 3.10 p.m.
    More infos: http://bit.ly/2IzgbSN

Prior to the EIC, Brainwave will host a webinar in cooperation with KuppingerCole:

« Next-Gen Identity Analytics and Access Governance Approach »  SIGN-UP
Thursday 9th May at 3.00 pm (GMT) or 10.00 am (EST) or 4.00 pm (CET)

To sum up, if you are interested to know more about our solutions, b
ook a meeting now. Then, we will arrange you an appointment at your convenience.

Access and timings
EIC 2019
Andreas-Danzer-Weg 1
85716 Unterschleißheim
Munich, Germany

Brainwave GRC  | [email protected] I phone. : + 33 1 84 19 04 10

Presentation of Brainwave GRC’s results for year 2018 and recruitment announcement of 10 people in 2019

Presentation of Brainwave GRC’s results for year 2018 and recruitment announcement of 10 people in 2019



Asnières-Sur-Seine, France, January 2019 – Brainwave GRC’s growth rate continued to improve in 2018 in Western Europe and in North America. The annual revenue increased by 64% compared to previous year, and the international part is now established at 40% of the global company’s revenue.

This growth has been sustained by two new commercial offers « Brainwave Analytics as You Go » (BAAYGO) and « Booster for AD ».  

BAAYGO is an offer of managed service, it relieves security team from repetitive tasks such as periodic controls on accounts, access rights to infrastructures, applications and data. Thanks to this managed service, ready to use analysis and reports are consolidated and provided on a monthly basis for the decision makers. This offer, available as a subscription, doesn’t require software installation and is provided very rapidly, in a couple of days only.

Booster for AD facilitates the analysis and continuous follow-up of Active Directory. The solution is offering more than 200 reports and analysis related to Active Directory: personal accounts, privileged accounts, groups, local administration rights, keywords policies, acts of administration follow-up… This turnkey solution is available in addition to the Brainwave Identity Analytics offer.

New innovative features have been implemented in 2018, especially the « mashup dashboards », the « role mining » and the new « reviews campaign manager » features, the SOD  (segregation of duties) capabilities on PeopleSoft and Oracle EBS systems.

The outlook for economic growth looks very good for 2019. Consequently, Brainwave’s forecasts for 2019 are to recruit 10 collaborators in Professional Services, R&D and Marketing departments, both in Paris area headquarter and North-American subsidiary in Montreal.


Sébastien FAIVRE, CTO of Brainwave GRC:


« We are living intense moments, digital transformation is changing drastically the cybersecurity’s landscape and profession: infrastructures decompartmentalized, cloud infrastructures managed by third parties, multicanal user’s access, devops applications and micro-services, exploding volume of processed data, …

This includes for the CISO to become agile and to support these challenges: reinforcement of its relations with the legal department in order to manage the cloud provider’s contractual clauses, risk analysis methods deployment in the dedicated departments to help them measuring impacts of their decisions, …

Finally, the only constant in this new landscape is the “identity” because whatever the means and techniques, managing people and their access rights to the different systems, applications, and data remains companies’ responsibility.

The main goal of solutions such as Brainwave is to help CISO to enlighten Identity’s access as a real “lighthouse” in the mids of this digital storm, to make it possible to stay on course while reconciling security and change management towards the “all digital”.

About Brainwave GRC:

Founded in 2010 by three experts in Identity and Access Management, Brainwave GRC helps organizations protect their sensitive assets and fight against fraud and cyber risks, prevent data leaks and help you remain compliant. The company designs, develops and sells innovating software solutions in the field of Identity Governance and Audit. Brainwave’s flagship product is “Brainwave Identity GRC”. Identity GRC provides a turnkey solution for the audit and compliance control of user entitlements in the Information System: accounts, roles, fine-grained access rights…

Identity GRC has been specifically designed for business sectors which are subject to advanced compliance requirements, such as banking, insurance, health care and other sensitive industries. With Brainwave Identity GRC, our customers are able to fully automate the recovery and consolidation of user access rights on various heterogeneous IT systems in order to provide a comprehensive entitlement map. A control plan can then be configured in order to automatically produce reports and analyses that are suitable for internal and external auditors and take remediation actions.

Typical applications are: tracking accounts to disable (data cleanup), monitoring privileged access, controlling Segregation of Duties on ERPs, preparing account reviews, consolidating roles, monitoring the performance of identity management processes and systems.

Brainwave GRC has over 65 customers worldwide, has more than 3 million analyzed identities, 1 billion controlled access rights, and 1000 reviews executed monthly.

For more details: www.brainwavegrc.com

Contact – Sébastien Faivre
[email protected]
Mobile : +33 6 01 81 92 60
Tél. : +33 1 84 19 04 10




What Identity Analytics really is and why you need it

What Identity Analytics really is and why you need it

IT security’s advent: the “identity” concept as key factor

Digital transformation has changed and is changing more and more business processes, job positions as well as many companies’ core activities. In consequence, it has implied a change in the way we mitigate risks.

Risk mitigation has existed long before digital transformation but it mainly relied before on manual processes, spreading risk management across departments – thus relying on silos – and on analyses over samplings. But this risk management is no longer possible with today’s world digital transformation, which often goes too fast for companies to properly adapt to new risks, especially IT risks. They most often have no visibility on what is key: their users’ access rights to their information system, user behaviors as well as existing security breaches. 

Financial costs of IT security risks, whether it be data thefts or internal frauds, are continuously rising. According to a 2016 Ponemon Institute study, data leakage costs have risen 30% between 2013 and 2016 in the 12 countries of this survey. Companies are paying at a high cost the rise of cyber risks but what about their investments to prevent these threats and mitigate these risks? 

Organizations need to ensure efficient and continuous risk mitigation and detection. They need to know the risks threatening them, including the humpan error risk which is constantly underestimated even though it was the source of 1 out of 4 data breaches in 2016 (2016 Ponemon study).

Companies are becoming more conscious of cyber risks and the need to reduce them through the IT vector but many doubt their capacity to really identify who accessed their sensitive data and applications. Indeed, the main stakes are here: knowing who has access to wgat and who accessed what in your information system. This is about cyber resilience: ensuring both cyber security along with productivity and innovation for companies.

Becoming cyber resilient means focusing on identites, that is individuals. It is both through individuals that secured digital transformation projects can unfold and that the cyber attacks happen. Risk analysis, detection and mitigation need to be built around this identity concept and that is what Identity Analytics is all about.


The rise of Identity Analytics

Digital opportunities should not make you forget that significant risks are generally atatched to them. Let’s take the classic icerberg methaphor. The emerged part of it represents known and visible digital and cyber risks today: ransomwares, virus, etc. But these risks aren’t the most important or threatening. The risks underwater, invisible for most of us, are the most threatening and frequent ones for organizations. You need to target these first and foremost.

With Identity Analytics you are able to answer the question “what resources can these users access, how and how are they using these access rights?” and this is what matters to ensure a secured business environment. It is about conducting in-depth analytics within a contextualized environment, with HR and technical data reconciled. Audit and internal control tasks as well as proper analyses, access reviews and clear reporting processes are at last possible in one unique platform centered on the identity concept.


Regarding digital transformation and cyber security, the notion of identity crystallizes opportunites, threats and solutions all in one. It is the key concept companies need to understand fully and implement. 

With Identity Analytics, companies can more easily mobilize their resources and think in a transversal way, beyond silos, to achieve both business development and efficient risk management. All actors, internal actors and third parties, need to engage in this process. This collaboration and communication between actors is all the more important as cyber incidents are hard to detect and it takes several months, almost a year, as an average for companies to detect a breach or suspicious activities. Organizations need to pay attention to unusual user behaviors for example but most of them do not have the maturity and the resources to do so.

Identity Analytics has developped over the last 10 years and is continuing its rise as companies realize worldwide that traditional cyber security methods and tools are no longer adapted and can even become harmful by exposing them to risks they cannot detect and prevent.

Identity Analytics is still misunderstood or rather unknown but this is changing. Meanwhile, significant cyber security actors have tried to hijack the Identity Analytics term and use it for other meanings and cyber security specific features such as SIEM for example. Identity Analytics isn’t about real time detection but about enabling you to better analyze risks, prevent threats and ensure compliance by focusing on your key asset and threat: indentities.


With Brainwave GRC, its Identity Analytics solution includes advanced in-depth analytics, machine-learning and workflows to reduce access-related risks and ensure continuous compliance for all organizations. 


Is IAM outdated? Why you need to study alternatives

Is IAM outdated? Why you need to study alternatives

15 years of IAM: the end of an era?

IAM projects have blossomed since the early 2000’s and most large companies implemented one. Unfortunately, for most organizations, a significative gap appeared between what they hoped  to get from their IAM projects, the expected benefits, and what they got, or should we say what they didn’t get in most cases. Many aspects of these projects initally planned weren’t implemented or requested specific developments that haver prevented any evolution or upgrading since because of these in-house specifications.

Companies initially launched IAM projects to provide an efficient answer to their risk and compliance challenges through automation. But unfortunately, this resulted in focusing on operational efficiency and leaving out risk mitigation on the long run.

Today, IAM domination is coming to an end with business and security needs evolving at a high pace, much faster than the rate at which massive IT projects, such as IAM projects, can evolve. Desillusion, constraining IT architectures inherited from these projects, lack of defined goals and perimeters from the start, all of these are some of the main reasons why IAM systems alone aren’t enough anymore.

Organizations need something else – something more – today to, not only ensure proper access management, but also implement access governance, continuous compliance and reduce security risks which continue to increase every year.

Getting rid of silos and connecting access management to the rest of the information system is essential. Making things simple and ensuring that technical and business internal actors are working together as much as possible are some of the key recommandations to start fresh. Working with silos is no longer possible. Services and departments within a company are more and more connected. Organizations now belong to a full network and need to communicate across the board. Silos are no longer accepted while IAM projects have most often been built that way, based on silos.

That is why it so hard to make them evolve, and in many cases impossible, because they cannot be connected and have often included in house specifications that prevent their upgrading. In many cases, making your IAM solution evolve amounts to as much work as implementing a new one.

Thus, when discussing IAM strategies and projects, it appears as if nothing has changed over the last ten to fifteen years. With the surrounding environment evolving – new risks, new ways of consuming IT – there is a need to reassess the way companies leverage their IAM programs, in terms of services, technology and organization.

Understanding why IAM projects often fail

If we consider a traditional Identity and Access management approach, a strong focus is set on connectors, meaning access fulfillment and automation. Other IAM services that should be included and implemented are too often considered as a secondary concern and never really implemented.

Companies’ experiences with IAM projects have many similarities for most of them: very long projects, weak visibility regarding the software’s adequacy with business users’ needs, budget and deadlines beyond pushed way beyond limits set at the start. The delivery value is most often not what was expected. For most organizations, the project’s scope has shrunk and very little automation has been implemented.

Other very important aspect: access-related risks aren’t taken care of by IAM solutions but they represent significative security risks for any company, regarding external and internal threats. Indeed, with the rise of access-related security risks, both through external and internal threats, companies now do not have the choice and need to mitigate these risks with an efficient access governance.

Knowing your information system as a whole – its users, their job positions and access righs, their usages and behaviors – is now necessary and IAM solutions cannot take this in charge.


What you need to succeed

Changing IAM solution, trying to make yours evolve according to your business needs or studying alternatives, all of these options require you apply best practices to make sure you chose the proper one.

What you need to pay attention to : ensure proper user experience, make sure that the solution is able to evolve according to your business needs, ensure data quality and controls automation as key components, and maybe try and see why you do not need IAM provisoning that much to ensure proper access management.

In addition, here are 3 key factors for success :

  • a unique platform to process end users’ requests
  • technical tools relying on standards
  • transversal solutions for audit, reporting and control


These 3 key factors will enable you to brake silos and take in charge all necessary processes you need to ensure: information browsing, request input, validation workflows, provisioning and technical actions as well as reporting, audit and control.

This will enable you to operate transversal processes and brake 4 key silos: IT & logistics, IAM for application access, non structured data and, last, ERPs.

You may ask, is this really possible? Do cross system and cross application solutions already exist? Indeed, some organizations are currently studying and implementing alternatives to the traditional IAM approach and it is promising.


Studying alternatives: a new paradigm with Identity Analytics

There is adequate and proven technology on the market to support this approach and organizations can chose among several options, according to their business needs and environment.

Some companies are examining alternatives to the traditional IAM model such as replacing IAM by a meta repository. Nevertheless, what we should be paying attention to are the other components of these options. ITSM tools and Brainwave Identity GRC, as an Identity Analytics solution, are included in many alternatives, so of them which do not even include an IAM solution.

Usually, an IAM solution does not cover what is initially needed and access governance as well as access related risk mitigation are left out. With these alternatives, some companies are starting to see how to meet their evolving needs outside traditional IAM and costly projects.

Nevertheless, the point isn’t to conclude that IAM projects are all failures – which is far from being true – and that Identity Analytics coupled with ITSM is THE alternative. IAM and Identity Analytics are complementary and companies need to make them work together to attain both of their prime goals: operational efficiency and risk mitigation, on a continuous basis.