Moving to the cloud increases flexibility for employees and IT alike. However, it also introduces new challenges and complexities for keeping your organization secure. To get the full benefit of cloud apps and services, an IT team must find the right balance of supporting access while maintaining control to protect critical data.
Shifting the perimeter
As the business need for user access has evolved, the demand on many Web applications is that they no longer support only users inside the firewall. These same applications need to be accessed by vendors, partners, and other trusted organizations as well. This implies additional user-account management because each constituent must have a domain-based identity inside the firewall as well. Whether this demand is hundreds or thousands of additional user accounts, it is a further burden on IT and help-desk staff to manage the provisioning and de-provisioning of accounts and password resets for those loosely affiliated with the organization.
Next level Security
In the modern world of cloud and devices, there are few things that we can control to keep the bad guys out. We can no longer rely on a physical perimeter, but we can put controls around identity information. That’s why identity-driven security is so vital. Identity should be at the heart of safeguarding users, devices, apps and data. Corporate applications and data now live both “inside” and “outside’ the organization – so the traditional security approach of “perimeter thinking” is not adequate.
Federation and Single Sign-on (SSO)
In recent times, deploying SSO has become imperative. With the rise of applications and devices, employees have to create numerous login credentials. It is painful and counterproductive for employees to sign in separately into different applications in the absence of SSO. IT admins have to spend a lot of time helping employees to resolve the login issues. From an IT administrator’s perspective managing multiple user identities across different applications and controlling who is granted access to which application is burdensome. With the Federated Identity, single sign-on can be implemented using (for example) existing Active Directory credentials. Federated Identity sign-in model facilitates true single sign-on (SSO) allowing users to have the same password for on-premises and cloud applications including Office 365, third-party cloud, and SaaS applications. Once users sign in to their domain-joined computers, connected to the Active Directory domain, they do not need to re-enter their password while connecting to those applications. By eliminating the need of re-entering passwords, the surface level of possible attacks will be further narrowed down.
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Route443 has extensive consulting and implementation skills in identity and access management technologies and solutions, supported by sound infrastructure and security expertise.
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To maintain that competitive edge, information has to be available any time, any place; one of the many reasons why companies adopt Cloud technologies. Route443 can assist with your implementation of Identity and Access Management, to help ensure your information stays safe.