The SaaS industry has skyrocketed over the last decade, leaving thousands of web-based applications at the tips of an organization’s fingers. Their ease of use, ability to increase productivity, and lower costs have attributed to organizations adopting close to 50+ web-based applications on average. Actually, that may be an understatement. When you factor in shadow IT, organizations are using closer to 1000 applications. The rise of web apps isn’t the only factor disrupting conventional IAM. The IT landscape has witnessed changes to many other IT resources, from systems to networks and file storage. The problem is, traditional identity management solutions haven’t been able to keep up with the times. That’s why the concept of the cloud directory feature True Single Sign-On ™ is so interesting to IT admins.
But what’s the difference between True Single Sign-On and regular SSO? We’ll explain below. But to fully understand why a cloud directory featuring True Single Sign-On is a perfect identity management solution for modern IT environments, we need to look at the beginning of the IAM space.
LDAP Inspired IAM’s Beginning
The modern era of identity management began over two decades ago when Tim Howes and his colleagues created the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). At the time, desktop computers and the internet started populating the IT landscape, and LDAP’s predecessor, the X.500, was too heavy and complex to work well with the bandwidths of these resources. So, LDAP was created to help solve this problem. It ended up working so well that it inspired two directory services: Microsoft® Active Directory® and OpenLDAP™.
Both of these identity providers were built to manage access to the prevailing environment at the time – specifically, on-prem and Windows-centric resources. This was okay a decade ago when these kinds of resources were most prevalent. Unfortunately, that’s not how most modern IT networks work today.
IT World Moves Away from LDAP and Windows
IT organizations are leveraging the IT resources that work best for them, and many IT assets are no longer LDAP-based or Windows-centric. Today, environments are often leveraging G Suite™ (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-directory-feature-true-single-sign/