A recent article from Virtual Strategy takes a look at the Identity and Access Management market and focuses on a few key influences that will impact IAM through 2014. They highlight how the adoption of the cloud and Web Single Sign On (SSO) will influence IAM while also taking a look at increased legislation and regulation as broader access to information is being granted across enterprises.
The adoption of cloud application certainly has its benefits for the enterprise. It allows employees more flexibility when it comes to accessing corporate materials and information from virtually any location where there is an internet connection. Organizations have become less reliant on local servers and application freeing up resources and dollars. While the cloud offers convenience in certain aspects of an organization it also has its drawbacks, one of which will help to fuel the adoption of more progressive approaches to IAM through 2014.
The cloud simply does not make things easier in regards to IAM. Cloud application and suppliers will tend to have their own standards. Different password policies across different cloud applications muddy the waters for those dealing with traditional LADP and Active Directory issues. With so many individuals trying to access information across any number of cloud applications makes the process of managing access and identity a tall task.
Virtual Strategy points out those organizations may turn to Web Single-Sign-On to resolve some the issues with passwords and IAM in the cloud. They write, “With single sign-on (SSO) end users only have to authenticate themselves once by entering their username and password from the Active Directory. WebSSO then takes over the login processes. This allows the user to not have to enter login details again when wanting to open an additional application. With WebSSO the user only needs to be authenticated once when they approache the portal and the SSO software then takes over the login processes for the cloud applications. This process is not only more user-friendly, but also more secure since it reduces the need for end users to write their credentials down in order to remember them.”
In 2014 growth in the IAM market will also be attributed to increased legislation and regulations in order to comply with audits and growing transparency. In order to meet such regulations it will be necessary for organizations to ensure that employees only have access to the network resources they need to be able to perform their duties. Click here to read more from Virtual Strategy on IAM influences and drivers in 2014.