Identity theft and breaches are far too common these days. They have gone from just a few individuals having their identities hacked to multinational corporations having their entire customer databases compromised. Think Equifax, Target, Yahoo, Uber, and many others (CNN). Companies at this size must dedicate substantial resources towards security, but not every organization has the resources to cover all of their identity security needs. Fortunately, a new outsourced identity security solution called Directory-as-a-Service® has emerged to help IT organizations keep their identities safe.
The Current State of Identity Security
There are a large number of service providers that can support your identity security needs, including consultants, value added resellers (VARs), and managed service providers (MSPs). They do not cover all of the variables though. Because of that, a new category of identity and access management (IAM) that serves as the next generation directory service has appeared, and is quickly growing in popularity due to the current state of the directory.
The core identity management platform that houses identities is the directory service. Historically, this solution has been provided by Microsoft Active Directory® (AD) as an on-prem software solution. This solution worked well for many years, as long as everything in the office was on-prem and Microsoft based. However, the challenge for IT has arisen with the recent movement of the enterprise to the cloud.
Identity management with AD has become a major challenge for modern organizations as IT resources move away from Microsoft exclusive environments and on-prem setups in favor of the cloud. The issue is that AD was not designed to support cloud or non-Windows IT resources. Consequently, multiple 3rd party add-on solutions are often required, which add complexity and management overhead. This is where cloud IAM and outsourced identity security comes into play.
Outsourced Identity Security
An emerging solution is solving these significant issues that AD presents, and it is greatly stepping up the case for identity security. This modern IDaaS platform is called Directory-as-a-Service®, and the cloud IAM tool is securely managing and connecting user identities to the IT resources those users need regardless of protocol, provider, platform, or location. This means that admins can control authentication to systems (Mac, Windows, Linux), web and on-prem applications (LDAP, SAML), physical and virtual file storage (Samba, NAS devices, Box), wired and wireless networks (via RADIUS), and cloud or local servers (AWS, GCE), all from one centralized location. No longer will there be a need for multiple 3rd party solutions that add complexity.
This modern identity provider is also stepping up security with one-way hashing and salting of credentials, mutual TLS, multi-factor authentication, and much more. With this outsourced identity security solution, IT organizations can step up their security while also reducing the friction and pain of connecting users to the IT resources they need. A true win-win for IT.
If you would like to learn more about outsourced identity security and the cloud identity management platform that it comes on, reach out to us. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have, and to demo the Directory-as-a-Service platform for you. Alternatively, if you would like to check out the DaaS platform for yourself, you can also sign up for a free account. We offer 10 users free forever, with no credit card required, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot. That way, you can test the product and see exactly how it will work for you. Sign up today!
This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog post authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: JumpCloud