The modern IT landscape looks starkly different compared to what it was even a decade ago. The enterprise is teeming with new resources like Mac and Linux systems, web-based applications, remote servers, wireless networks, and a mix of physical and virtual file storage. Unfortunately, identity management providers have been slow integrating with these new IT resources. This has resulted in users having too many identities, and IT admins not having the ability to properly manage them. So, many in the IT space have been wondering if there is a solution that simply provides users with One Identity to Rule them All®.
The answer is yes, and it’s called JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service®. In order to truly understand the benefits of One Identity to Rule them All, we need to take a second to look at how the identity and access management (IAM) market has progressed over time.
Microsoft Ruled the IAM Space
Managing user identities used to be much easier at the turn of the century. Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) was the identity provider of choice at the time, and AD could connect users to whatever IT resources they needed as long as they were Windows®-based (which they usually were). You could think of the setup back then as a True SSO approach. A user would login to their machine and effectively be able to access servers, applications, and files across the network. One Microsoft identity would let a user connect to what they needed. From an IT perspective, this level of control and security was helpful because it didn’t require a complex approach to identity management. Of course, we know that this approach didn’t last for long.
Web applications, cloud servers, Mac and Linux systems, and more have shifted and changed how IT admins need to deal with identity and access management. For a long time, end users have been stuck connecting to resources using multiple sets of credentials. The problem with this is that too many credentials can decrease security, increase friction for users, and create significant work for IT. Let’s take a look (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/one-identity-to-rule-them-all/