• As Identity and Access Management continues to be the centerpiece of IT and information security for a huge number of companies, IAM can be fairly addressed, rather ‘defined’, as the gatekeeper mechanism that guards access to systems, applications & data, and represents the first line of defense protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the same. Present security demands suggest that organizations are advancing towards absolute “zero-touch authentication” to deliver as, frictionless and password-free an experience for customers and employees, as possible.   Because the importance of enterprise IAM is only increasing, the technology is evolving to offer administrators more functionality. Also, compliance pressures have pushed enterprises to adopt IAM "suites" with features ranging from user provisioning to user access and user activity auditing. Regulations like SOX, HIPAA and GLBA, and industry guidelines like PCI DSS require auditing, so it's a standard feature of most IAM products. Audit, compliance and governance, advanced authentication, and single-sign on are the fastest growing identity and access management component. Moreover, due to stringent regulatory compliances, the identity and access management market for audit, compliance, and governance solution is expected to grow manifold in the future. On a parallel account, rapid economic growth in the developing APAC countries along with improving regulatory reforms and economic stability are driving the growth of the IAM market in this region.   The evolving importance of IAM in security strategy is driving advancements in recognition technologies, session monitoring, IDaaS and risk management of privileged activity. Enterprises should now monitor these near-term events to adapt buying & management processes and engage IAM best practices. We at CIOReview understand the emerging significance of IAM for complex infrastructures with identities spread across many heterogeneous sources. So, we present to you a list of 20 Most Promising IAM Solution Providers. Being closely scrutinized by a distinct panel of judges including CEOs, CIOs, CXO, analysts and CIOReview editorial board we believe that these vendors can set standards and help enterprises enable the right individuals to access the right resources at the right times and for the right reasons.