Identity Management in DevOps

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DevOps has taken the IT world by storm over the last several years. Consequently, a recent study on cloud trends discovered 86% of IT leaders see DevOps as part of their IT strategy moving forward.  As more organizations shift to being driven by their IT systems and software, DevOps as a methodology and the personnel that implement the methodology are critical to business success. Another key part of that success is driven by identity management in DevOps.

So, let’s briefly examine what DevOps is, and why identity management in DevOps is crucial for success.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is all about taking Agile methodologies and leveraging them across the entire organization, but primarily through operations. As more businesses leverage IT systems to deliver their solutions to market, the rapid, iterative nature of DevOps is what is helping businesses move faster.

While DevOps is about process and people, there is an aspect that is about technology and solutions. A critical piece of DevOps solutions is controlling access through the development pipeline. Of course, different types of personnel need differing levels of access. Developers may need access to a different set of systems than the QA team or the operations group. Add in security and other related groups, and it’s easy to see how controlling access can get complicated quick. There is a temptation to just give everybody access to everything. However, this approach can greatly decrease security, and make it difficult to meet compliance regulations.

As a result, considering identity management in DevOps is critical for IT admins and DevOps engineers. So now, let’s take a look at why identity management has been a challenge for DevOps organizations.

Challenges with Identity Management in DevOps

In the past, identity management in general consisted of Microsoft® Active Directory® on-prem managing a prevailing Windows® environment. Fast forward to today, and most DevOps organizations utilize infrastructure that’s in the cloud and data centers that are in AWS®. Active Directory just wasn’t built to connect with non-Microsoft, cloud-based resources, so IT admins haven’t been able to turn to this IAM platform to (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/identity-management-in-devops/

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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