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Access management market to reach USD 10 billion by 2021

The global access management market is projected to increase from $5.4 billion in 2016 to $9.6 billion in 2021, according to IHS Markit analysts. The key access management growth factors over the next five years as identified by IHS researchers are as follows:
GDPR deadline fast approaching
Traditionally, finance, banking, insurance, government, utilities and other heavily regulated end-user sectors have focused on identity- and access-management solutions. However, over the past year there has been growth in non-traditional markets. Not only have the manufacturing and retail sectors become more security conscious, but the increase in the number of data breaches and the looming legislation around General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018 has also piqued renewed interest in security and identity and access management (IAM) solutions.
Smaller organisations using access management solutions
Access management solutions have traditionally been deployed by larger organisations. In fact, companies with 5,000 or more employees are projected to contribute the largest revenue growth over the next five years, increasing from $4.38 billion in 2016 to $5.4 billion in 2021. The proportional importance of this segment is forecast to decline from 80 percent of total access management revenue in 2016 to around 56 percent in 2021.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will steadily increase the amount of access management solutions they deploy. For example, revenue from companies with between 1 and 499 employees is projected to increase from $109.6 million in 2016 to $705 million in 2021. This segment managed to grow from 2 percent of total revenue in 2016 to 7.3 percent in 2021. The introduction of more cloud solutions within the access management market is likely to help SMEs, in particular, because cloud-based access management solutions can be more cost effective and scalable for small and medium enterprises.
On-premises hybrid and cloud solutions
As there are still a lot of applications running on premises at companies, a significant portion of larger organisations still want some on-premises solutions. Larger organisations are more likely to move to a hybrid model, with some applications running in the cloud as a steppingstone toward full adoption of cloud solutions. Hybrid solutions are projected to increase from $1.1 billion in 2016 to $1.7 billion in 2021. In contrast, smaller organisations are more likely to deploy software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, which for them can be more cost effective than on-premises solutions.
Technological developments and the battle with hackers
There is a continuous battle being waged as hackers increasingly try to gain control of the networks they want to compromise. It is important for organisations to take into account people’s locations, to help detect fraudulent activity and ensure the right people have the right access, at the right time and at the correct location. Technologies like machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) are also important weapons in this battle. Leveraging emerging technologies, such as behavioural biometrics, will help to reduce the burden on end-users and increase the validity of identity proofing. 
Blockchain makes security cheaper and more accessible
Many organisations have isolated and centralised identity management systems, but the current landscape demands federation and single sign-on (SSO). These systems make identity management, protection and verification very cumbersome, costly and risky for industry enterprises and government agencies. Blockchain has the potential to introduce improvements that can make security more accessible and budget friendly.


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