Sneak Peek: The 2019 Identity and Access Management Buyer’s Guide

Sneak Peek: The 2019 Identity and Access Management Buyer's Guide

With the new year right around the corner, the editors at solution review are working tirelessly to update our vast store of solution provider information and our proprietary free assets. In a few days (maybe less!) we’ll finally have the 2019 Identity and Access Management Buyer’s Guide publically available to assist you with your selection process into next year.

Until that is released, please enjoy this sneak peek at the 2019 Identity and Access Management Buyer’s Guide.  

At the 2018 Identiverse Conference, a recurring theme was the advent of identity technology in cybersecurity. The pundits and experts in attendance, including Ping Identity founder Andre Durand, agreed identity would one day subsume all of the other components and technologies of cybersecurity. This assumes, however, that identity has not already subsumed those categories. Identity is the new perimeter. Identity feeds into user & entity behavior analytic capabilities for next-generation threat detection. Identity governance is central to regulatory compliance for almost all industries.

These experts seem to be looking into a clear future in which identity reigns supreme in both cybersecurity and as a key component of everyday work processes. The message is clear: enterprises need to gain a handle on their identity and access management solutions.

However, this is often more easily said than done.   

As of 2018, the average professional and user is reportedly keeping track of dozens of username/password combinations— which still constitute the core of many traditional Identity and Access Management capabilities and strategies. Yet passwords are, in fact, remarkably old, cumbersome, unreliable, and insecure as an identity solution. In addition, less than a third of people actually follow the password best practices of using multiple usernames and passwords for their accounts. Repeated credentials leave your employees’—and your own enterprise’s—information easily exploitable in credential stuffing attacks.

Compounding matters, the boundary between the digital and the physical in identity—especially when it comes to business processes and security—is collapsing rapidly. The deluge of mobile devices in the workplace and new corporate policies allowing employees to access secure corporate networks with their own phone or tablet from virtually anywhere further muddy the waters.

Add to that the advancement of cloud computing and the evolutions of distributed digital systems, data, and networks, and you’ve got a flood of new identity security challenges for your IT professionals and security team.

It’s certainly a complicated matter. Rather daunting all things considered.

For proper identity security in the modern IT environment, enterprises need to know exactly who is accessing what, when, where, why, and how. The stakes, as discussed above, have never been higher. So how can modern enterprises keep up? How do you ensure your employees logging in can only access the data pertinent to their jobs. Moreover, how do you ensure they even are your employees?

The best practice for the security-conscious enterprise is to implement a next-generation Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution—one capable of handling the creation and management of users’ and connected devices’ information as well as users’ access and authentication into external and internal applications, databases, or networks.

Whether you are a publicly traded corporation, a government institution, a small to medium-sized business (SMB), or even a start-up, the need for next-generation IAM has never been greater.

Hence the upcoming 2019 Identity and Access Management Buyer’s Guide. We’ve done the work for you: we’ve combed through marketing materials, independent research, customer reviews and more to give a full and balanced perspective on the top 26 Identity and Access Management solutions. We present as many details as we can to help you make what might seem like an insurmountable decision.

The 2019 Identity and Access Management Buyer’s Guide was edited by Ben Canner. Its release is forthcoming. In the meantime, you can find the 2018 Guide here.

Ben Canner

Ben Canner

Ben Canner is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He previously worked as a corporate blogger and ghost writer. You can reach him via Twitter and LinkedIn.
Ben Canner