Cloud Identity Management Solution to Secure Identities

By CIOReview | Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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As enterprises include more cloud services into IT environments, managing identities, and controlling their access to resources without compromising security has become crucial. In this budding IT environment, the peril of identity theft has enforced enterprises to strengthen their identity protection technologies. But relying completely on login systems and proprietary connector APIs is not enough, enterprises need to adopt appropriate identity management systems that offer a simple and secured way to manage and orchestrate authorization right through the enterprise. Implementing robust identity management solutions guarantees authorized access to appropriate resources, regardless of whether the user is seeking permission to access an internet application or network-based program. With the appropriate security measures and best practices like role-based access control, powerful password-based authentication method and single sign-on (SSO) mechanism organization can address the business-critical challenges regarding authentication and authorization.

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Identity Management in the Cloud and the Need for It

Identity management in an enterprise is an assortment of processes and technologies to manage and control secure access to the assets of a firm while also safeguarding user and customer profiles. On top of that, identity management solution facilitates with added levels of validation like password-based authentication and conditional access policies. With the constant administering of cloud access for malicious activity through advanced security tools, helps IT in mitigating impending security issues. Also to permit safe access to vital information, enterprise must keep an eye on all the users accessing various resources to ascertain that only authorized users can access the needed resources in an appropriate manner. Due to this, Gartner predicts in the near future identity management in the cloud will be one of the top most sought cloud-based services.    

The need to authenticate is increasing because of the escalating security and privacy concerns. As the internet world expands, it has become trickier to identify who is connecting to what. Presently, hackers are using highly advanced techniques to cut through the networks to access the sensitive enterprise information. Looking at all the attacks, it appears hackers target specific user account information while staying under the radar waiting for an opportunity to reap that particular user credentials.

Mounting identity theft incidents such as phishing have encouraged enterprises to employ more advanced authentication methods to ascertain their patrons. To overcome such security concerns and offer complete control and visibility to manage cloud resources centrally, organizations must have powerful and persistent identity and access controls mounted within the walls of an enterprise through the cloud.

Adoption of Identity Management system

While adopting identity management solutions enterprise must choose appropriate solutions that notify threat well in advance and help in achieving effective identity management in the cloud. Enterprise must be able to identify which user is trying to access what resources and what is the role of the user trying to access using threat-aware identity management systems.

With these advancements in ID management technology has boosted overall identity protection. Organizations must use advanced systems as an alternative to traditional technologies like two-factor authentication and password-based technology. For instance, Using sophisticated features like fingerprints, iris scans, retina scans, face recognition and voice analysis in traditional biometric technology will strengthen identity protection.   

In order to overcome compliance and corporate lapse, authorization and all other the activities associated with application access must be administered vigilantly with wide-range of auditing and reporting capabilities performed at a basic level. In this way, activities related to application access can be credited to particular individuals. Besides, an enterprise needs to consider best security measures and practices to mitigate risks related to identity fraud, theft, and loss of valuable information.

Benefits of Identity Management System

Adopting effective identity management is more vital than ever as companies expand their networks so that they can securely extend their services to a wide-range of customers to reap benefits of latest technological advancements such as mobile technology and digital marketing.

Along with the tight security, identity management system also offers ways to reduce the cost and better service levels.

With advanced identity management system mounted in an enterprise, should eliminate human involvement in handling user identity issues for all the available applications.

Therefore, only a few people would be needed for ID administration activities that could further mitigate IT operation costs.

On top of that, it reduces the number of calls at help desk regarding user ID problems, saves time and cost. Furthermore, ID management system also helps in overcoming latency issues associated with identity management functions using automated technology. This system boosts response time and improves IT service levels, results in improved user identity management activities.

Conclusion

As customer-centric technologies mounts in significance, it becomes essential for enterprises to focus on consumer-oriented approaches for managing and controlling access to their resources present in the cloud.

Most of the enterprises are still stuck with traditional password-based authentication; to protect the password based approach from attacks, firms must keep a track of unsuccessful log-in and set appropriate constrains. For instance, after a limited number of unsuccessful log-in attempts, account should be blocked. By implementing such approach, accountability can be accomplished by identifying and authenticating users with a unique user ID. With the establishment of individual accountability, each employee will be held responsible for their own actions. Initially enterprises might find it challenging to use cloud Identity and Access Management solutions because IAM doesn’t increase profitability instantly, meanwhile it is difficult for a firm to give up control over infrastructure. However, there are various perks that makes leveraging an IAM solution worthwhile.

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