This article is based on a Gartner study on network security.

For large enterprises, the trend over the next few years will be towards the creation of "identity aware" corporate networks, according to Gartner, which will control access to some resources via user-based policies.

Rather than just verifying a user's identity at sign-on, and then leaving them free to use the network anonymously, identity-aware networks can monitor and audit user behaviour, and enforce access based on a user's identity, blocking access to resources that a user is not authorised to use. This can enhance security, and add compliance to regulations in those markets that require it.