Managed Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Managed Identity and Access Management

Managed identity and access management solutions are making a major impact for IT organizations. Identity management is a major part of any IT organizations management tool infrastructure, and a new generation of tools is making it easier than ever for organizations to securely and efficiently run their operations.

Let’s begin by taking a look at how LDAP influenced the origins of legacy IAM platforms, and then discuss why a managed identity and access management solves many of the new pain points IT admins are facing.  

LDAP Kicks Off Identity and Access Management Market

Before there was Managed Identity and Access Management, there was LDAP

The modern IAM world really kicked off with the creation of the LDAP protocol. Tim Howes, our advisor, and his colleagues created the LDAP protocol to solve the the inefficiencies of the X.500 networking standards. LDAP ended up spawning two major identity management solutions: OpenLDAP™ and Microsoft Active Directory® (AD). Both of these solutions function as the identity provider. However, Microsoft AD would go on to become the most popular directory service in the industry, while OpenLDAP would become the open source leader and the solution of choice for highly technical organizations. Both of these identity providers flourished because environments were largely on-prem and homogenous. But, workplaces have changed significantly in the last two decades.

Changes in IT Create Holes in Legacy IAM Solutions

Managed Identity and Access Management fills the holes in Legacy IAM

Today’s IT landscape has seen immense variation across all IT resources with most modern IT setups transitioning to a hybrid, mixed platform environment. Windows is now used in conjunction with Mac and Linux. The on-prem data center is being replaced by IaaS providers such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Azure. Web applications such as GitHub, Slack, WebEx, and thousands more are making it easier for business to leverage technology. The modern IT environment looks far different from the Window centric network of old.

Of course, the new IT landscape has a trickle down effect to the IT management tools in place including the identity and access management platform. While historically, Active Directory has been the IAM solution of choice, in today’s modern IT environment the legacy directory service struggles. Active (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/managed-identity-access-management-iam/

Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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