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How Will Leveraging Technology help IAM Protect the Data?

By CIOReview | Monday, November 25, 2019

As businesses evolve along with emerging technology, they start to manage more and more digital identities. Implementation of IoT, blockchain, and cloud in IAM will secure data from a third party or frauds more efficiently and effectively.

FREMONT, CA: The future of innovation in identity access management (IAM) comprises of increased use of biometrics, the blockchain technology used in IAM systems, IAM for cloud services, and edge computing with the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Here are 4 technologies that will help enterprises with security and identity and access management (IAM).


One of the biggest trends is to combine biometrics such as fingerprints, retinal scans fully, and facial recognition to identify authorized users for the networked systems better. Initially, this offers a fool-proof way for systems to recognize individuals with near certainty with the help of their biometrics.

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Blockchain technology, when applied for IAM, attempts to address issues with maintaining identification information in a centralized system. However, the personal identification data in such centralized systems are not controlled by the individuals. Instead, the data is owned by a third-party services provider. This may be a fatal flaw with such centralized designs that blockchain technology can address.


Another significant trend to watch in 2020 will be the role of cloud user access management software. Digital identity is very vital when leveraging cloud-based services. For instance, the largest cloud services provider in the world is Amazon Web Services (AWS). IAM in AWS is a critical function to make sure only the official and authorized users have access to essential data and applications, and customer identity is managed for security risks.


The expanding growth of IoT comes along with the massive need for securing IAM. All types of devices that are added to a network enhance the security risk issues. For instance, the security cameras systems in the smart homes that are meant to enhance security can be anytime hacked by the outsider or unauthorized users.

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