Authentication services are a critical part of every IT organization. It is, after all, how a user accesses the IT resources that they need, and how admins are able to control who gets access to what. These two functions are absolutely essential to the security and operation of an organization. As the world shifts to ‘as-a-service’ solutions though, controlling authentication is becoming more work. This has many IT admins wondering, “Is there a managed authentication platform that can help?”
The Need Behind Managed Authentication
Historically, the authentication platform in most enterprises has been Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). Released to the market in 1999, this on-prem legacy identity provider has become a monopoly in the market. This was largely because of the prevailing IT environment when it was introduced. Back in 1999, nearly every office was based on Microsoft equipment and located on-prem. From the Windows® systems, to the printers, to the applications, and more, just about everything had Microsoft’s mark on it. So when a Microsoft solution to manage all of these tools came to be, it was the obvious choice. Admins were able to get seamless control over their environments, and users were able to get easy access to the IT tools.
The factors that made AD and its authentication so effective at the time eventually began to cause problems. Since AD was created for the on-prem Microsoft era, it fell apart when companies began to adopt cloud and non-Microsoft resources.
Today’s modern IT landscape includes Mac and Linux devices, cloud servers hosted at AWS or GCP, web applications, WiFi, and much more. These tools are extremely beneficial to organizations because they improve efficiency and productivity. However, they are painful for the admins that need to add additional tools to manage them. Active Directory wasn’t created with all of these platforms and locations in mind. As a result, it has started to need workarounds and add-ons to stay functional. Admins are tired of having to cover for AD’s faults, and many are now starting to look for a managed authentication solution.
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/managed-authentication/