Organizations all over the world are shifting their IT resources to the cloud. For many of those organizations, choosing a cloud identity management platform like Google Cloud Identity is the first step. Google Cloud Identity offers a number of advantages as an identity provider (IdP) for Google’s various services. Unfortunately, these advantages only apply to Google services. That doesn’t include the ability to connect Google Cloud Identity with Macs.
Macs have become the preferred option in many modern organizations. They can offer numerous advantages, and it’s not uncommon for Mac shops to leverage Google as an alternative to Microsoft solutions, specifically G Suite instead of Office 365. As a result, the question for a lot of organizations leveraging Google as their IdP is how to connect Google Cloud Identity with Macs. Before we can answer that, it’s important to understand why this is an issue.
The Development of Cloud Identity Management
The current cloud identity and access management (IAM) space has a very interesting dynamic. Historically, it has been dominated by Microsoft Active Directory® (AD), Windows-based systems, and IT resources on-prem. If you were to look back to the turn of the century, you would see that nearly everyone had a PC running Windows. They came to work each day, hardwired into the network, and authenticated against the on-prem AD domain controller living somewhere on-site. The result was a simple and secure IT infrastructure that was relatively easy to manage.
Then, things started to change in the mid-2000’s. Application vendors started to shift their products to the cloud. Google had already gained immense traction with their search engine and seized an opportunity to provide a cloud based computing platform to compete with Microsoft solutions. Over the years they fine tuned their products to the point we are at today with the widespread implementations of G Suite and Google Cloud Platform.
At the same time, Apple was building massive inroads into the Microsoft dominated PC market. The trouble was (and still is) that it was difficult to extend Active Directory to Mac systems. Microsoft made sure of that by limiting AD’s (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/connect-google-cloud-identity-macs/