Traditional brick-and-mortar organizations with on-premise servers are striving every day to keep pace with cloud-driven digital enterprises that are untethered by physical restraints, enabling employees to work from anywhere, accessing applications, services and mobile devices as regular parts of their flexible workdays.
For most organizations, migrating to cloud services is still heavily labor and resource-intensive, and can create serious operational deficiencies if not properly implemented with security protections built-in from the start. And those ongoing operational deficiencies only widen the attack surface, threatening to harm an organization’s bottom line.
This is why organizations must focus on reducing complexities and strengthen security protections, especially identity and access management (IAM). Finding ways to make IAM simpler and more informative can help reduce operational risks, although it remains a daunting challenge for most organizations today.
IAM is used to manage the roles and access privileges of individual users and the circumstances by which users are granted (or denied) access privileges. Users can include everyone from customers to suppliers to partners and employees. IAM creates one digital identity per individual. Once a digital identity has been established, it must be maintained, modified and monitored throughout each user’s access lifecycle.
IAM is considered crucial to controlling access to enterprise resources, by the right users, in the right context, from the time a user joins an organization and gains permission to access certain resources to that user’s departure and timely de-authorization. Security administrators use IAM tools and technologies to change a user’s role, track user activities, create reports about user activities, and continuously enforce access control policies.
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