Outsourced Identity and Access Management

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Identity and access management (IAM) is a trending topic within modern IT circles. IAM has historically been provided by complicated on-prem identity providers (IdPs) like Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) or OpenLDAP. Yet, the current trend is for IT organizations to eliminate the majority of their on-prem IT infrastructure in favor of outsourced alternatives. So it should come as no surprise that outsourced identity and access management would be a game changer.

The good news is that a powerful new directory service platform has emerged that can provide outsourced IAM. It’s called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. However, before we dive into the benefits of outsourced IAM with JumpCloud, let’s discuss the development of IAM from a holistic perspective.

Old School IAM

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The concept of identity and access management is nothing new for IT. In fact, the origin of the modern understanding can be traced back to the X.500 directory service protocol from the 1980’s. X.500 was created by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to help manage telephone directories. It laid the foundation for later directory service solutions, most notably, the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).

LDAP was developed in 1993 at the University of Michigan. It was created as a lightweight alternative to the X.500 directory service protocol. As we have come to find out, the introduction of LDAP would have long lasting effects, especially in regards to IAM. In fact, two of the most popular IAM platforms to date are based on LDAP. The first is called OpenLDAP. The other is called Active Directory.

Limitations of Old School IAM

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The issue for modern IT organizations is that Active Directory and OpenLDAP were developed during a different era of IT. This era was characterized by on-prem networks and homogeneous system environments (primarily Windows). While this type of network is almost the complete opposite of what we see today, it did make IAM relatively straightforward.

However, the IT landscape started to change in the mid-2000s with the introduction of web applications like Salesforce and Google Docs. Then came macOS and Linux devices. Then came infrastructure-as-a-service like (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/outsourced-identity-access-management/

Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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