How can Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) help your enterprise? Well, IDaaS may prove the essential identity management capability for your digital transformation efforts; in fact, the difference between IDaaS and cloud identity may prove negligible on closer inspection.
IDaaS continues to influence modern identity and access management solutions; Gartner predicts IDaaS as the chosen delivery model for more than 80% of new access management solution purchases by enterprises.
Why? Here are 4 key facts about IDaaS, cloud identity, and digital transformation:
1) IDaaS and SSO Go Hand in Hand
The first IDaaS platforms and capabilities built on single sign-on (SSO) for web applications. Single sign-on, at its core, allows users to access their network resources and databases with a single login and set of credentials. By extension, SSO allows users to only remember one set of work credentials to perform their basic duties, allowing them to create stronger passwords and better fortifying your perimeter.
Even modern IDaaS solutions extend the on-premises directory services and SSO throughout enterprise cloud and hybrid infrastructures.
2) IDaaS Provides Other Capabilities
Of course, modern IDaaS solutions provide far more than SSO. These include:
- Active Directory Services. One could argue this forms the core of identity and access management; it offers your enterprise the ability to compare users’ identities against the directory both to confirm the identity’s existence and determine their level of access.
- Identity Federation. Federation supplements single sign-on and reduces the exposure of users’ passwords by linking and identity and their attributes across multiple systems.
- Multifactor Authentication. Multifactor authentication can decrease the likelihood of hackers exploiting default or stolen passwords to gain access to your enterprise network. The more factors between your most precious digital assets, the less likely you suffer a data breach.
- Self-Service Capabilities. Self-service enables your enterprise users to register themselves, without the intervention of your IT security teams for application access and recover lost credentials. This alleviates the burden on your (most likely overextended) IT security team and prevents identity issues from slowing down your business processes.
3) IDaaS Solves Several Cloud Issues
Enterprises around the world want nothing more than to undergo their digital transformation; the allure of moving to the cloud and enjoying improved communications, business processes, and profitability prove tempting for any industry vertical.
However, digital transformation comes with its own problems and potential pitfalls. Going to the cloud challenges or outright negates legacy identity and access management solutions’ capabilities. With identity now serves as the new perimeter and as the primary protection against digital threats on the cloud; thus you must have cloud identity security deployed on your network.
IDaaS, thankfully, is designed to function on the cloud and reduce its complexity. In fact, it allows providers to deliver their solutions to cloud environments as well as hybrid cloud infrastructure directly. Additionally, it offers relief from the overhead of cloud identity infrastructure support, which can prove challenging.
4) Maintenance Becomes Much Simpler
Unlike on-premises solutions, IDaaS doesn’t require your enterprise to use your on-premises servers or other hardware infrastructure to deploy or maintain your identity security. Instead, your business can have your identity security hosted entirely in the cloud through the capability.
Furthermore, this allows your enterprise to take advantage of the IAM provider’s full-time, specialized staff to handle issues such as upgrades and maintenance. This will prove a boon to enterprises struggling with cybersecurity burnout and with attracting cybersecurity talent; therefore, it helps alleviate some of the burdens on your team.
In conclusion, IDaaS may not prevent all of your cloud identity issues but it will make undergoing a digital transformation far easier than ever before. Your users must feel secure on the cloud for you to reap its full benefits. This is the first step in that process.
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